Tarleton to host storm spotter class

Staff Writer
Glen Rose Reporter

STEPHENVILLE — Want to learn about severe storms, how you can report hazardous weather to the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office, or want to become a storm spotter?

The National Weather Service (NWS), in cooperation with Tarleton State University, invites area residents to take part in a free, basic SKYWARN Spotter Training Class on Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

The class will be in Tarleton’s Dr. Lamar Johanson Science Building, Room 102. Training will be presented by meteorologists with the Fort Worth NWS Office.

SKYWARN consists of trained weather spotters who report severe or hazardous weather. It is widely regarded as one of the most critical assets to the NWS’ warning, forecasting and verification process. Since the program started in the 1970s, information provided by SKYWARN spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology and improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

The course aims to familiarize residents with public safety and communications practices that can be used during extreme weather events. The class also covers the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, information to report and how to report it, as well as basic severe weather safety.

For more information, visit the Fort Worth NWS Office homepage: www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.