Paradise Valley to teach residents how to be storm spotters

A free training class will be held in the Town of Paradise Valley on Wednesday April 27 that will teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.

Even with sophisticated technology like radar and satellites, ground truth information from trained weather spotters throughout the year is still necessary, according to a press release.

Students will learn about how thunderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornadoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how students reports tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service.  In addition, you will learn about all of the services available from the NWS.

The class is to be 6:30-8:30 p.m. on April 27 at Town Hall in the community room, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive.

Adult volunteers are community minded individuals, who understand that they play an essential role in providing storm information to the National Weather Service.  Anyone can be a spotter and the town encourage those that like to pay attention to the weather to become involved, the release stated.

In Arizona, the NWS Phoenix Office forecasts for Maricopa, La Paz, Yuma, southern Gila, and northwest Pinal counties.  In southeast California, it forecasts for Imperial and Eastern Riverside counties.

To register visit http://goo.gl/forms/AFZn5O0Lej.

Immediately following the presentation, completion certificates will be issued and program participation will be confirmed.  For more information contact Ken Waters or Austin Jamison at the NWS Phoenix Forecast Office – 602-275-0073 (option 5) or visit weather.gov/phoenix and click on the link for “Skywarn” on the left hand side of the homepage.

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