Storm spotter training offered
The free sessions will be led by a National Weather Service meteorologist
Several storm spotter training sessions will be held in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas beginning at the end of the month.
Sponsored by the National Weather Service, the training sessions are free and open to the public.
“Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training,” the weather service said in a news release.
“Each winter and spring, the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police and fire departments, emergency management officials and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques.
“Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor.
“The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances.”
Other topics covered include an update on the latest weather service technology and procedures, ideas for organizing and coordinating spotter groups, and important safety considerations.
Sessions will be held on various days at several locations around the area from Jan. 28 through March.
Typically, Oklahoma experiences the most tornadoes in April, May and June.
Between 1950 and last year, the state recorded 797 tornadoes in April, 1,601 in May and 507 in June.
For a complete list of session locations, times and dates, go to bit.ly/stormspotter2019.
For more information, contact Ed Calianese, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Tulsa, at 918-838-7838 or [email protected] is required.
A tornado drops from the bottom of a rotating storm cloud near Chouteau on April 22, 2004, during an afternoon of several severe storms across eastern Oklahoma.