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Severe storm program scheduled for Thursday - Storm observing, reporting procedures and safety to be emphasized

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As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth will host a severe storm spotter training program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Northeast Texas Fire & EMS Training Academy, located at 1334 Sharon Lane. Hopkins County’s emergency management division will be cosponsoring the event. Topics to be discussed during the 2009 program include thunderstorm formation, severe weather production and features associated with severe storms, as well as spotter operations and recommended procedures for certain weather situations. Tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and safety when thunderstorms threaten will also be reviewed. The two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format, featuring numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.

“We have some new material in the 2009 spotter training program,” said Gary Woodall, warning coordination meteorologist at the Fort Worth NWS office. “We will present the information in the form of a checklist for the attendees to utilize. Most of the storm photos and video clips are different this year. We have reworked many of our graphics. We’ll have more identification cases, and we’ll discuss the operational aspects of storm spotters in detail.”

The program is free and open to the public. “By coming to this program, you will learn a lot about thunderstorms,” Woodall said. “Even if you don’t become an active storm spotter, you will learn about how storms work and the visual clues you can identify when storms are in your area. We will discuss severe weather safety tips. This will better prepare yourself and your family for the threats that storms pose.”

The Hopkins County severe weather program is one of over 40 that the Fort Worth NWS office will conduct between January and early April. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth provides forecasts, warnings and weather services for 46 counties in North and North Central Texas.

For more information on severe weather and the National Weather Service, visit the Fort Worth Forecast Office’s website at:





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