Are you prepared for the upcoming storm season? If not, the National Weather Service will be in Stephenville hosting a free severe weather training session (SKYWARN storm spotter) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in room 102 of the Tarleton State University science building.

“By coming to this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” said head Meteorologist at the NWS Fort Worth Tom Bradshaw. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free sessions to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.”

The class is free and no pre-registration is required. Parking will be available at P26 by the Tarleton nursing building.

“This year’s program discusses thunderstorm formation, ingredients and features associated with severe and non-severe storms,” states a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The program discusses severe weather ingredients by taking a closer look at the meteorology behind the Canton area tornado outbreak. Additionally, (it) highlights severe weather safety and how you can report severe weather information back to local public safety officials.”

On April 29, 2017 an EF-4 tornado hit Canton located in Van Zandt County and was the highest rated tornado in the county since 1950. Four additional tornadoes occurred in the same county on that day and there were four fatalities along with numerous injuries.

A total of nine tornadoes touched down that day across eastern North and East Texas, according to Texas Storm Chasers.

Hitting closer to home, there were a total of three tornadoes in Tarrant County, three in Bosque County and one in Johnson County.

This SKYWARN storm spotter class is just one of 46 held in different counties across North and Central Texas.