Storm Spotters Train to Be Eyes in the Field

Created: 04/01/2014 11:03 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- It may not quite feel like spring out there, but severe weather season is just around the corner.

To get prepared, the National Weather Service held it's severe weather spotter training class in Rochester tonight. Spotters train so they can be their eyes in the field during severe weather.  They in turn can relay better information to the public.

"The radars help us kind of estimate things, but they don't tell us for sure. So by combining the real time, the eye witness stuff combined with what we’re seeing on radar, it makes the warning process, getting people lead time better before tornados hit,” said Todd Shea with the Nation Weather Service, La Crosse, WI.

Todd says having community members trained in severe weather spotting has proved to save lives in the past.

To learn more about becoming a storm spotter click on this link for a list of upcoming trainings.