Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The City of Aurora’s Emergency Management Agency, in association with the National Weather Service, is offering a Severe Weather Spotter Training Program on Mar. 12, at 7 p.m., at the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Trail.

The free training is open to anyone interested in learning how to identify severe storms and tornadoes and report them to local law enforcement, community emergency management agencies, and amateur radio via organized communications networks. Even with sophisticated radar and other equipment at their disposal, National Weather Service meteorologists depend on real-time reports from trained spotters who know exactly what is occurring on the ground during severe weather so that the public can be notified in a timely manner.

Jim Allsopp, National Weather Service Chicago Warning Coordination Meteorologist, will present the training which covers the five deadly hazards associated with severe weather; the meteorology supporting severe storm development; recognizing and identifying cloud formations, storm features, and associated hazards; thresholds for reporting observations; and weather spotting tips, reporting, and safety.

More information is available by calling Aurora Emergency Management at 630-256-5800 .

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