SkyWarn class being offered in Barrow on Jan. 14

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With the threat of severe weather always a possibility many citizens are turning their eyes on weather forecasts and on the sky around them. The question becomes do citizens know what to look for in the sky in regards to severe weather?

Barrow County Emergency Services is hosting a class that can help citizens know what the signs are and how to prepare for the potential of severe weather.

“If you are interested in learning more about what causes severe weather and how to be better prepared; this is an excellent class to attend,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Penny Clack. “The Storm Spotter training class will teach you a lot about how severe weather happens, and even what signs are given in the sky that severe weather is on the way.”

The Storm Spotter training class is presented by Barrow County Emergency Services, Barrow County Skywarn, and the National Weather Service. Skywarn is a volunteer organization comprised of more than 230,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help to keep their communities safer by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Upon completion of this class you will have the option to become a Skywarn volunteer.

During the Storm Spotter training, attendees will learn such topics as the basics of thunderstorm development, basic severe weather safety, and how to identify potential severe weather features. You will also learn the fundamentals of storm structures as well as what to report to the National Weather Service and how to report it.

The class will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14, at Barrow County Emergency Services headquarters, located at 222 Pleasant Hill Church Road NE, in Winder. The class is open to anyone that wants to attend, however, in order to ensure adequate training materials citizens are required to register for the class. Registration can be completed online at www.skywarn.tricountyarc.com.

For more information, contact Penny Clack at 770-307-2987 or pclack@barrowga.org

“This is a great opportunity for citizens to learn more about severe weather and severe weather preparedness,” said Clack. “The more we all understand severe weather the better we all can be prepared for it.”