National Weather Service to host Skywarn training class


STANDISH –– The National Weather Service is hosting a free training seminar Tuesday for residents to learn about weather patterns and become official Skywarn spotters.

2015 was one of the most costly severe weather seasons in decades across Northern Michigan, according to a press release from the NWS. These volunteers assist in keeping their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS.

The main responsibility of a Skywarn spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms, according to

Training will include information on lightning, flood and hail safety, how tornadoes form, warning criteria, what and when to report, cloud formations, thunderstorm ingredients and differences between supercell storms and multi-cell storms.

Arenac County Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Rohn hosts one seminar each year through the NWS for residents to attend.

“The number (of attendees) varies every year,” Rohn said. “We’ve had six to seven and we’ve had 30-40. It’s kind of ironic, but it depends on the weather.”

Each attendee will receive a laminated NWS spotter card and information about online reporting networks. There will also be a door prize drawing for a Midland weather radio alarm clock.

“I think it helps make the community safer,” Rohn said. “We have all ages attending and it gets the younger folks interested in weather spotting also. It’s something they can share amongst the community.”

The seminar will be held March 14 at Standish-Sterling Central High School. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to last approximately until 8 p.m. There is no need to pre-register.

For more information, contact Ed Rohn at 989-846-9156 or the National Weather Service in Gaylord at 989-731-3384.


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