December 22, 2014

National Weather Service presenting weather spotter training

By Matt Keeton
Staff Writer | reporter@ogemawherald.com
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STANDISH — Those interested in becoming a weather spotter, or learning to identify severe weather will have the opportunity to attend a severe weather spotter safety course, hosted by Arenac County Emergency Management and presented by the National Weather Service.

The training course is free, and will be held Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., at Standish-Sterling Central High School in the Vocal Music Room. It is expected to last around an hour and a half.

According to Arenac County Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Rohn, the training will be taught by Mike Boguth, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Gaylord.

“It will be available to the general public,” Rohn said. “They generally have photographs from local storm events, and explain how such storms develop.”

Rohn said that even people who have gone to previous trainings are encouraged to attend.

“There is information that is continually updated,” Rohn said. “Annually, in the spring, we do the spring and summer sever weather spotting training. We do a winter spotter training every year in the fall.”

This year’s training will include topics such as thunderstorm ingredients, lightning and hail development, lightning safety, formation of tornadoes, NWS warning criteria, and important cloud formations.

Rohn said the training will teach individuals to spot severe weather and how to make a report to the NWS. He said those interested in becoming weather spotters for the NWS will have the opportunity to sign up at the training.

“It helps protect individuals and their families,” Rohn said. “It’s training that can benefit anyone. Those that want to become spotters … there will be a separate sign-up sheet at the training.”

Rohn said those unable to attend the March 21 training will have the opportunity to attend one Monday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the East Tawas Community Center in East Tawas.

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