LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The National Weather Service (NWS) in Shreveport will be conducting a free SKYWARN storm spotter training session this evening, Monday, April 17th, at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Downtown Lufkin. This class is open to anyone and everyone not just in Angelina county, but to all citizens in Deep East Texas.
It should be noted that you do not have to be a meteorologist or weather expert to take part in this SKYWARN class tonight. The meteorologists putting on the course will teach you and train you on what to look for and how to help aid in our severe weather coverage. All emergency personnel and first responders would benefit greatly from any of these free courses.
There will be two sessions taking place. There will be a beginner's course that runs from 5:30-7:00 p.m. That will then be followed by an advanced course that takes place from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
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 harm's way.