Weather spotter training scheduled

R-H Staff

EATON — Preble County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has weather spotter training scheduled for Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. The training will be conducted at Eaton Fire Station No. 2, 391 West Lexington Rd.m Eaton.

The training is free to any individual over the age of 14.

Class size is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Severe weather’s effects are felt by many. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service depends on its technology and actual reports received to assigned weather spotters throughout Preble County.

These spotters are essential information sources for all types of weather hazards. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, and over 900 tornadoes occur across the United States. During the past 10 years, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods have killed nearly 2,300 people in the United States and injured thousands of others.

Because of storm spotter reports, which can be provided with this training, plus the addition of new technology and improved warning dissemination, this death toll was reduced by more than 800 from the previous 10 years. Weather spotter information, couple with Doppler radar, satellite, and other data, has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods. With this training, one can be part of observing and reporting hazardous weather and protecting themselves during encounters with hostile weather situations.

R-H Staff