Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Storm Spotter Training Available

As we look to put winter weather behind us and move on to sunny skies and warmer days we must not forget that while we may not have to deal with snow, spring too has its severe weather situations. Darke and Preble County Emergency Management Agencies will combine to host an annual Storm Spotter Training on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at National Trail High School 6940 Oxford Gettysburg Road New Paris, OH. 45347.

The training is conducted through the National Weather Service out of Wilmington Ohio and covers thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms. Also part of the class is tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and safety when thunderstorms threaten. Details include storm ingredients, characteristics of severe storms, anatomy of a storm, super-cell storms and rotation.

By providing citizens with this education it allows the Weather Service to receive first hand reports of weather conditions from wherever the spotter is located. While “storm chasing” is not advised, reporting from your home, work or car (etc.) provides valuable information directly to meteorologists making decisions on watches and warnings.

With Severe Weather Awareness week coming up March 1st – 7th, 2015 it’s a great time to think about preparing ourselves and families for the threat of severe spring/summer storms. If you do not currently own a NOAA Weather Radio consider purchasing one. These radios are programmable with voice and/alarm modes that will notify you, your family or your business of impending severe weather any time of day.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about preparing yourself, your family or your business, please contact the Darke County Emergency Management Agency at 937-548-1444 or through our website

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