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Severe weather spotter training set for Riverton

Apr 1, 2012 - Staff

The National Weather Service in Riverton is seeking people interested in learning about identifying and reporting important thunderstorm characteristics during the active summer season.

NWS meteorologists will present a free Severe Weather Spotter training class to certify weather spotters in Riverton and Fremont County. The two-hour long training class will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Community Room at the Riverton Branch Library.

The training session is complete with videos and digital images of local thunderstorms that assist volunteers in correctly identifying important storm features. The course also teaches how various severe weather phenomena develop, proper safety actions, and reporting procedures.

All course materials are provided and completion cards will be given to all volunteers. People who are currently weather spotters are encouraged to attend this session as a refresher.

"Each season, volunteer spotter reports of hail, cloud formations, and damage pay dividends," said Chris Jones, warning coordination meteorologist at the Riverton NWS office. "We are able to compare what we are seeing on radar with what the spotter is observing from their location. This allows us to be more accurate and provide enhanced, detailed information to the public. The volunteers are an important part of our warning operations team."

Additional information on storm spotting is available on the local National Weather Service website at http://www.weather.

gov/riverton or by calling the Riverton office toll-free at 1-800-211-1448.

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