Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 20, 2014

Wanted: weather spotters

Class will be April 1

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

WESTWOOD — A class to provide those interested in becoming weather spotters with the training and information they need will be at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The class is sponsored by the Boyd County Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the fire department and the National Weather Service office in Charleston.

A weather spotter is someone who observes significant wether conditions and relays the information to the NWS or appropriate local authorities, depending on the severity and immediate threat of the event observed.

“Spotters provide an invaluable service to their communities and to the National Weather Service,” Boyd EMA Director Brent Webster said. “The information they provide helps their community by assisting local public safety officials in maing critical decisions aimed at protecting life and property.”

During life-threatening weather events, such as floods and tornadoes, real-time reports from spotters are used to help warn those in immediate danger as well as those in neighboring communities that may be in harm’s way, Webster said.

Spotter reports also help NWS forecasters in the critical decision-making process of determining what storms pose risks to life and property, Webster said. The NWS uses spotter reports in conjunction with radar, satellite and other systems when issuing severe-weather alerts, he said.

For more information, call the EMA office at (606) 739-0127.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com.