Seminar for budding severe weather spotters set Thursday
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 30, 2007 - Ever wondered how Sulphur Springs' emergency operations center is kept up to the minute on developing weather situations?

In addition to National Weather Service updates and continuing information, three groups of individuals assist the city's EOC in monitoring weather conditions, acting as weather and storm spotters at various location in town.

The police department's Volunteers On Patrol, Civil Air Patrol and local ham radio operators are all involved in this process of weather spotting and reporting to the EOC, according to Sulphur Springs EOC Coordinator Lt. Rex Morgan.

"In severe weather events, we place spotters at specific places around the city to watch the system as it comes in and develops, and they report to the EOC," Morgan said.

Anyone interested in assisting in this process or learning more about it is encouraged to attend the Sky Warn training seminar to be held Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Library. Gary Woodall with the National Weather Service will be giving the class designed to teach people to become weather spotters.

The Sky Warn class Thursday will also be attended by the 26 Volunteers On Patrol members who received storm spotter training during their recruiting orientation. Thursday's class will act as refresher course for them.

For more information about the class, contact Morgan at 903-885-7602.

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