Become a weather spotter

The National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio, is offering a weather spotter class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Rising Sun Fire Department, 121 S. High St., Rising Sun.
While the weather service uses Doppler radar and satellite pictures as its primary tools for observing thunderstorms, it says the most important tool is the trained eye of the storm spotter.
“Doppler radar gives indications inside a storm, but will not show the wind at ground level. It is impossible for any radar to detect every severe weather event in its coverage area, and radar occasionally suggests severe weather when none is present,” according to the NWS.
A trained spotter performs an invaluable service through real-time observations of tornadoes, hail, wind and significant cloud formations. Those observations provide a reliable information base for severe weather detections and verification.
“By providing observations, you are assisting meteorologists at Wilmington in their warning decisions, and enabling the NWS to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property. You are helping provide the citizens of your community with potentially life-saving information,” said the NWS.
Free of charge, the class is hosted by Dearborn, Ohio and Ripley county emergency management associations. For more information, phone OCEMA Director Laura Walston at 812-438-2883, DCEMA Director Jason Sullivan at 812-537-3971, or RCEMA Director Rich Corkhum at 812-438-0505.