County to host weather spotting class

When severe weather hits, it is just as often trained weather spotters on the ground as forecasters looking at radar who send out the warning when those storms turn into something even more dangerous.

With that in mind, Callaway County Emergency Management once again is hosting a free severe weather spotter training class taught by a member of the National Weather Service from 6:30-9 p.m. on April 3 at the Holts Summit Civic Center.

“With radar they are getting better, but tornadoes are one of the hardest things for the weather service to predict,” Callaway Emergency Management Director Michelle Kidwell said. “Lot of times it’s the eyes on the ground calling in to the weather service.”

With “tornado season” just around the corner, Kidwell said it was an ideal time for the class, which she said will teach attendees what to look for when a big storm hits.

“He’ll show you what to watch for as far as rotation and cloud formations,” she said. “One of the things they go over is that there are so many myths out there like tornados don’t cross rivers or go down hills. They’ll bust a lot of those myths.”

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