DPSS to host storm spotter training on March 10

The Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS), in partnership with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, is hosting a National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN® Storm Spotter Training course on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the U-M Campus Safety Services Building from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

The course is free and participants will receive a County SKYWARN® ID upon completion of the training. Class size is limited, so please register by Friday, March 6, 2020.

SKYWARN® is an NWS program comprised of weather spotters who are trained to share information about severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make determinations about warnings. The NWS relies on spotters to provide real-time weather conditions and confirm hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. As a spotter, you can help serve your local community by providing vital information when dangerous storms approach.

Below is a snapshot of what participants can expect to learn:

·  Basics of thunderstorm development

·  Fundamentals of storm structure

·  Potential severe weather features

·  Information to report

·  How to report information

·  Basic severe weather safety

This opportunity is open to anyone, so please feel free to share this communication with those who may be interested. For more information about SKYWARN® visit their website or contact (nikkholl@umich.edu) with questions or concerns.