The Yolo County Office of Emergency Services and the National Weather Service want to train local residents to become weather spotters, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Marsh Hall at Esparto High School, 17121 Yolo Ave. in Esparto.
Storm spotters play a valuable role in the severe weather warning process, a Yolo County news release said. The National Weather Service relies on visual observations from spotters to provide information that otherwise would not be available to forecasters. Spotter reports are combined with data from Doppler radar and satellite pictures to provide a complete understanding of severe storms and their impact on the public.
During the free training, future weather spotters will learn:
* How to observe, recognize and report severe weather;
* What severe weather types are experienced in the Yolo County area;
* How to volunteer for Project SKYARM to help keep local communities safe;
* Severe weather safety tips; and
* Operations of the National Weather Service
Spotter guides, cloud charts and severe weather pamphlets will be provided to potential new weather spotters, as well as applications to become a volunteer weather spotter. Once an application is received, a spotter number is assigned and an information packet sent.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Eric Kurth of the National Weather Service’s forecast office in Sacramento at firstname.lastname@example.org.