Weather Service to Teach Spotter Training in Rock Springs

Weather Service to Teach Spotter Training in Rock Springs

ROCK SPRINGS — The National Weather Service in Riverton will teach a Severe Weather Spotter training class to increase the number of weather spotters in Rock Springs.

The free, two-hour training class will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Rock Springs Library located at 400 C Street. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

The course describes how various severe weather phenomena develop, outlines appropriate safety actions, and details procedures for identifying and reporting severe weather to the NWS. Videos and digital images from across Wyoming are shown during the training session to assist volunteers in correctly identifying important storm features. All course materials will be given to volunteers.

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“Our dedicated weather spotters are essential in obtaining reports of severe weather,” said Bill Murrell, Lead Forecaster at the Riverton office. “Real-time reports from trained volunteer spotters can improve weather warnings for hail, thunderstorm wind gusts, and tornadoes. These reports help us accurately pin-point weather hazards, and assist us in providing timely notification of where storm damage is likely to occur. We are fortunate to have dedicated individuals to help us better protect residents of Wyoming.”

Additional information on storm spotting is available on the local National Weather Service website or by calling the Riverton office toll-free at 1-800-211-1448.