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Weather spotter training offers chance to help identify hazardous storms

The Kendall County Emergency Management Agency is hosting a severe weather basic spotter training class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. The National Weather Service will provide this free training at New Life Church located at 3205 Cannonball Trail, Yorkville.

The National Weather Service’s primary mission is to save lives and protect property through the issuance of warnings for hazardous weather. The NWS trains people to identify severe storms and tornadoes and report to local and county emergency management agencies. The NWS depends on real-time reports from trained spotters to know exactly what is occurring on the ground and under a storm.

This basic training consists of a slide and video program, which teaches spotters about severe storm structure and how to use cloud features and other environmental clues to identify severe storms and tornadoes. Communication systems and spotter networks are explained so the spotter knows where to report this information.

Anyone interested in the weather, including students in fourth grade and up, is invited to attend.

This free class is open to the public with limited seating. Reserve your seat by registering at co.kendall.il.us/kcema/severe-weather-spotter-class.

For more information, contact Tracy Page at 630-553-7500 or tpage@co.kendall.il.us.

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