Weather service offers Storm spotter training |

Weather service offers Storm spotter training

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If you are interested in severe weather, come to a free storm spotter training in Eagle on the evening of Wednesday, June 14, at the Main County Building, 500 Broadway.

The training is provided by the National Weather Service and sponsored by the Eagle County Office of Emergency Management.

Basic storm spotter class is from 6-8 p.m., and the advanced class is from 8-9.

The Grand Junction weather service website says, “One area of information which is just as important as Doppler radar and improved satellite imagery is reliable ground truth information. There are several ways of obtaining this type of data, but one of the fastest and most reliable sources is a volunteer weather spotter network. This network consists of folks who have an interest in weather and a desire to provide timely information to the NWS forecasters for use in warnings, forecasts, and climate statements. …

“Until a few years ago, such a network was virtually nonexistent in western Colorado. The emergence of a forecast office at Grand Junction prompted a call for weather spotters in western Colorado, as well as a need for more spotters in portions of eastern Utah. Despite our success in recruiting volunteer weather spotters, large areas remain in western Colorado and eastern Utah where weather spotters are needed to provide a more evenly distributed data source.”

The Eagle class is the closest to Garfield County that’s being offered this year.

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