EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - With Severe Weather Awareness Week continuing this week (March 2nd-March 8th) in East Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS), in partnership with KTRE, will be conducting a SKYWARN storm spotter training session in Nacogdoches this Thursday. This class is open to anyone and everyone not just in Nacogdoches county, but to all citizens in Deep East Texas.
SKYWARN is a storm spotter network group that works in conjunction with the National Weather Service offices around the country. This class is free to the public and open to any and all individuals who would be willing to volunteer their time and have access to communication devices, such as a HAM radio. By going to this class, you will learn about storm structure, what information should be reported to KTRE and the NWS, and more importantly, how to relay your severe weather reports to the NWS and KTRE.
This is an invaluable service, as storm spotters offer an extra set of eyes and ears that give word on impending weather in the Piney Woods. Even though we have access to radar and lots of weather tools, the ground truth verifies what we see on radar and give your East Texas friends and family advanced warning on whether or not a particular storm may be producing golf ball size hail, damaging winds, or possibly a tornado.
Again, it's important to note that you do not have to be a meteorologist to take part in this SKYWARN class this Thursday. All emergency personnel and first responders would benefit greatly from this two hour course. Here are the specifics.
When: Thursday, March 6th from 6-8pm
Where: Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA Campus in Nacogdoches Room 2.201