Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue would like to invite all to attend the SKYWARN® Basic Weather Spotter Class to be held March 18th, 2013 6:30pm at the Central Virginia Community College Bedford Campus 1633 Venture Blvd, Bedford, VA.
The class is designed to teach participants how to recognize changes in the weather and allows community members to help further the safety of their local communities by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.
NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service or who have a responsibility for protecting others to become a spotter.
Basics of thunderstorm development
Fundamentals of storm structure
Identifying potential severe weather features
Information to report
How to report information
Basic severe weather safety
The class is free and will last two hours long, snacks will be provided. Advanced registration is required by contacting Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue at 540.587.0700x1