Storm spot­ter train­ing of­fered

The free ses­sions will be led by a Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist

Tulsa World - - Metro&region - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

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.

No pr­ereg­is­tra­tion

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 to­ter2019.

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.

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