National Weather Service to host local training session for new “storm spotters”Mai Nguyen Do March 3, 2019 0 COMMENTS
The National Weather Service Los Angeles / Oxnard office is hosting a training on March 13 in Santa Clarita for those interested in volunteering as part of its Storm Spotter program.
The Storm Spotter program is the National Weather Services’ volunteer organization of people who are interested in the weather. To help track significant or severe weather, spotters call in reports to their local National Weather Service offices.
“The Weather Service uses lots of technology to help us detect storms and issue warnings for storms but radar can’t see everything so we need people – we need trained spotters on the ground to identify dangerous cloud features, to identify dangerous weather and report that back to their community and to the Weather Service to help us warn people about the storms,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office Rick Smith said in a podcast episode on storm spotting. “Many of them are law enforcement or volunteer firemen, amateur radio operators or just citizens interested in weather and interested in helping their community be ready when storms threaten.”
The local training session will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at Santa Clarita City Hall at 7:00 p.m. and will last about 90 minutes. The session will be free and open to the public, and will include information about various severe weather hazards and the National Weather Service.
Interested volunteers do not have to own weather equipment to become official spotters for the National Weather Service. New spotters will receive a personal spotter identification number and a packet with spotter instructions.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.