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Storm spotter classes offered in Oneida, Vilas countiesSubmitted: 05/18/2015
Storm spotter classes offered in Oneida, Vilas counties
Story By Karolina Buczek

RHINELANDER - The National Weather Service relies on technology and storm spotters for up-to-date weather information.

Storm spotters are taught how to spot severe weather when it's forming and then report it. Now, people in Oneida and Vilas counties can learn how to do that.

The emergency management departments for Onieda and Vilas Counties will offer two storm spotter classes. One will be held at Lincoln Town Hall in Eagle River  on June 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The other will be held at the Oneida County Law Enforcement Center in Rbinelander on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The classes will teach people about cloud formations, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and tornadoes.

"You're going to learn the valuable tools on how to correctly report things and how to correctly identify what the weather is and be able to describe it effectively to the National Weather Service," says Dawn Robinson, the program assistant at the Oneida County Emergency Management Department.

Information from storm spotters can help keep local communities safe. The classes also give people a better understanding of why severe weather forms.

"It gives you a little more of a sense of the information that is needed behind the scenes," says Robinson. "So, when severe weather hits, you are able to take the necessary precautions to be prepared."

The classes are free, but you do need to register for them. If you want to register, contact the Oneida County Emergency Management Department at (715) 361-5167 or Vilas County Emergency Management at (715) 479-3690.


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