SKYWARN Weather Spotter training is coming up a week from Saturday at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, and the popular class is filling up. It is a free course, but the instructors ask that you pre-register. After completion of the training, participants will be able to get involved in weather reporting for the National Weather Service.
The SKYWARN concept was developed about 40 years ago to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities. John Nell is the facilitator for the Skywarn Weather training program at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, and says fewer people would be caught off-guard by the weather if they would just pay attention.
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He says there is still plenty of emphasis focused on the storm spotter- a designated individual in a community who reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado. To register for the free course on March 1 from 8:30am-Noon, call 468-2222.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.