EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - With the peak of severe weather season now approaching East Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Shreveport will be conducting a SKYWARN storm spotter training session in San Augustine next Tuesday, April 7th, from 6 - 7:30 pm at the San Augustine Courthouse (100 West Columbia street).
This class is open to anyone and everyone not just in San Augustine county, but the tri-county area that encompasses Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties.
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.
Being a storm spotter 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, your ground truth verifies what we see on radar and gives 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. Our number one goal is to protect your life and property, and by having more reports coming in from our storm spotters, we can better warn and protect our citizens who may be in harms way.
It should be noted that you do not have to be a meteorologist to take part in this SKYWARN class next Tuesday. This is a beginner's course, so do not feel like you have to have previous experience or knowledge to attend this evening training session. All emergency personnel and first responders would benefit greatly from this course next week, now that we are approaching the peak season for severe weather in East Texas.
To RSVP, please email Tom Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org so that he can make sure that there is enough room to accommodate all who plan on attending. Please feel free to spread the word and pass this story along to anyone who might find it useful.