It’s pretty cold outside in the Wichita area, but at least one sign of spring is already here.
The National Weather Service has released its schedule of “storm identification training” classes this spring. Long dubbed “storm spotter training” classes, the courses are intended to educate people about how to recognize and react to various types of severe weather, including tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding.
“A lot of people would shy away from the training because they didn’t want to sign up to be spotters, but they did want to know a little more” about weather, said Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service.
The weather service has one class in each of the 26 counties in its coverage area, starting Feb. 16 in Labette County. The class for Sedgwick County will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 15 at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple, in west Wichita.
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Sedgwick County Emergency Management usually conducts the same presentations at numerous towns around the county, but that schedule hasn’t been released yet.
The classes are free and open to the public.