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04/07/2019 - Severe and Fire Weather Spotter Training in Crawford

The community is invited to attend a Severe and Fire Weather Spotter Training co-sponsored by Region 23 Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS). The training session is slated for Sunday, April 7th in the Fort Robinson Buffalo Barracks in Fort Robinson, Nebraska, Dawes County. The session will begin at 6 pm and will last about an hour and a half, with a supper break scheduled for 6:30 pm.

Everyone is invited. If you are a current weather spotter, firefighter, law enforcement specialist, land management employee, emergency services technician, transportation operator, outdoor recreationalist, or just purely a weather enthusiast, this training workshop is for you.
Training will include definitions and climatology of severe and fire weather, training on cloud and storm recognition, storm hazards and safety tips, and weather reporting procedures.

Across Western Nebraska, over 400 volunteer weather spotters and cooperative observers provide valuable weather information which is fundamental in helping the NWS protect lives and property. Forecasts are often based on observer data, and even warnings for severe weather have been issued based on information received from trained volunteer spotters, cooperative observers and/or relayed by a HAM operator.
For more information about the NWS spotter program, please see our local office Web page at http://www.weather.gov/cheyenne/ or our national severe weather awareness Web page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/thunderstorm/.

Please bring a friend, relative or other interested weather enthusiasts. We look forward to seeing you at the training session. If you have questions, please call Aviva Braun, NOAA, NWS (307) 772-2468, Nan Gould, Region 23 Emergency Management Agency (308) 432-2251, or Chief Prosser, Crawford Department (308) 430-1958.