The National Weather Service will be back in town for a FREE severe weather training session on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
In 2019, North and Central Texas experienced 40 tornadoes and several damaging straight-line wind events, according to the National Weather Service. These storms resulted in millions of dollars of damage.
The official start to the 2020 severe weather season isn’t too far away, and the National Weather Service along with your local emergency management officials want you to be ready.
“You are invited to this year’s SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class. The National Weather Service will be offering this free class on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., “ said Jennifer Dunn in an official press release.
The program will be held at the Paris High School on S. Collegiate Dr. and is held in partnership with the Paris Police Department.
“This class is for established storm spotters, anyone with an interest in severe weather, and/or anyone who wants to learn more about the severe weather threats in North and Central Texas and how to be prepared,” she added.
This is part of a regional severe weather preparedness campaign, which will include spotter training sessions in many counties throughout North and Central Texas. Other classes in the region can be found on the full schedule http://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnsch?sptrsch.
This class is free of charge and no preregistration is necessary. This year’s program will feature an in-depth review and study of the various threats posed by severe thunderstorms.
The program is also expected to review thunderstorm characteristics and features associated with severe and non-severe storms. Additionally, the program highlights severe weather safety and how you can report severe weather information back to the National Weather Service and local public safety officials.
“By coming to this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” says Tom Bradshaw, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the NWS Fort Worth Office. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free sessions to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.”
The Lamar County severe weather program is one of over 35 training sessions that the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office will conduct between January and March 2020.