Tuesday, January 4, 2011

National Weather Service Needs

The National Weather Service needs volunteers to provide severe weather reports. Spotters relay their reports to the Weather Service as they see it. This information is used by forecasters to track storms and alert the public to dangerous weather situations.

Time and time again, reports from trained weather spotters have saved countless lives, especially during heavy rain, thunderstorms and wind storms.

Our spotter program is informal. Spotters may continue their daily routine and work schedule. They do not need to notify us when they are on vacation.

The National Weather Service, in cooperation with local Emergency Management, will hold spotter training classes at the following locations and times.

This two-hour course will include information about the National Weather Service, tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, dust storms, high winds and winter storms. Students who complete the course will receive a training certificate.

If you enjoy watching the weather and wish to provide a valuable public service, this is the course for you. We look forward to meeting you!

If you are planning to attend one of these training classes, please take a moment to fill out our questionnaire to help save time at the training session.

The information will only be used by WFO Pendleton in contacting you during significant weather events and will not be shared with anyone. Find the questionnaire HERE.


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