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41st Annual SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Feb. 18

The 2017 severe weather season is fast approaching. Are you prepared? Can you recognize clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding or a tornado is possible? As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will answer these and many other questions at the SKYWARN severe weather program on Saturday, Feb. 18. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St., and is sponsored by the City of Garland Office of Emergency Management. 

The program will begin with a review of tornado formation and behavior and give some insight as to why some storms produce tornadoes and others do not. Most importantly, the weather service will discuss what you can do to stay safe and keep others safe when thunderstorms threaten. For those interested in becoming a storm spotter, the presentation will discuss spotter operations and recommended reporting procedures. 

The second half of the program will feature basic radar interpretation, advanced discussion on topics from the first part of the day and a radio demonstration.

“Weather radar is a great tool, but it only tells part of a storm’s story,” said Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Fort Worth office Tom Bradshaw. “Spotter observations are fundamental to the protection of life.”

In addition to discussions led by weather service representatives, those in attendance will have a chance to take home a weather radio during one of the many raffles throughout the day. 

The program is free and open to the public, and no advanced registration is necessary. Even if you don’t become an active storm spotter, you will learn how storms work and visual clues you can identify to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

For more information, email the Garland Office of Emergency Management at OEM@GarlandTX.gov. Follow the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth on Facebook (Facebook.com/NWSDallasFortWorth) and Twitter (@NWSFortWorth).