Weather Service holding severe weather spotter training class this Tuesday at BGSU

Weather Service holding severe weather spotter training class this Tuesday at BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) - Severe weather season is just around the corner and the National Weather Service Cleveland Office is looking for official weather spotters.

Officials weather spotters are the "eyes of the ground" that assist during severe weather situations. They provide useful information in real time in severe weather events.

For anyone interested, the annual SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotters Class for Wood County is happening at Bowling Green State University on Tuesday.

The class will give participants an overview of how severe weather develops and what to look out for when it happens.

The Wood County Emergency Management Agency says it's important to know the difference between a weather watch and a warning. A watch means severe weather is possible, where a warning means a local event is likely.

The agency also says it's a good idea to install a weather radio in your home as outdoor warning sirens aren't meant to be heard indoors. You should always be ready and prepared for an emergency and have a plan in place with your family.

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will teach the class.

Registration for the class begins at 6 p.m. and the class starts at 6:30 p.m. in Room #111 of Olscamp Hall.

The class is recommended for first responders but is available to the general public weather they want to be official spotters or would just like to know more about severe weather.

There is no cost for the class and all ages are welcome.

Attendees are encouraged to park in Parking Lot N on Ridge St. off of Mercer Rd.

You can get more information by sending an email to or calling the Wood County EMA at 419-354-9269.

One day after the class the annual statewide tornado drill takes place at 9:50 a.m.

If you can't make it to the class in Bowling Green, don't worry. There are opportunities to attend other classes around the area.

Below is a schedule of upcoming severe weather training:

  • March 28 - Fremont
  • April 5 - Putnam County, Lucas County
  • April 9 - Norwalk
  • April 16 - Findlay
  • April 24 - Sandusky

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