Reminder of Storm Spotter Class Tuesday, 3/7

Tuesday, March 7, starting at 7pm until finished we will have the Storm Spotter class. This will be open to the public. It will be at the Emergency Operations Center at 1820 Chestnut in Van Buren. If you have any questions contact Brad Thomas at 479-471-3260.

Class taught by National Weather Service out of Tulsa.

Storm Spotter Training 2017

Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials, and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.
Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training.
Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the
National Weather Service trains members of police & fire
departments, emergency management officials, and amateur
radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor.
The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes, but to
have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn
better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual
circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on
the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, and important safety considerations.
The training is free and requires no preregistration. 
For additional information contact:Ed Calianese
Warning Coordination Meteorologist10159 East 11th Street, Suite 300
Tulsa, OK  74128




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