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April 20, 2006

SKYWARN Storm Spotters class April 24 at ULM

Interested in learning more about hazardous weather? On April 24, the National Weather Service in Shreveport, in conjunction with ULM’s Atmospheric Sciences program, will host a SKYWARN Storm Spotters class from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Hanna Hall, Room 337.

Attendees will learn about hazardous weather, the importance of advance warning, and how to assist others. The training class introduces the spotter to the NWS warning system and the hazards associated with severe thunderstorms. Spotters are shown what to look for when observing thunderstorms, such as downburst winds, wall clouds, funnel clouds, and tornadoes. Local severe weather climatology and severe weather meteorology will also be discussed.

The SKYWARN spotter network is a vital element in the nation's ability to react to dangerous and threatening weather. Spotters are a crucial front-line part of the Weather Service's storm warning program; they provide up-to-the-minute reports on developing storms and for confirming reports on storms that appear threatening.

Most importantly, spotters' reports help give communities a first line of defense against hazardous weather. Spotters, who observe from a fixed location, are the eyes and ears of the National Weather Service.

There is no cost to attend and all materials are provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Warning Coordination Meteorologist Mark Frazier at 318-631-3669 or e-mail at

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