Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Can You Help "Spot" the Weather?

How many of you have dreamed about telling a weather forecaster that they FAILED in their promise of delivering your favorite snowy weather?  Now, you can! 

Weather Spotters provide the "eyes in the sky" look at whether the promised forecasts are coming true.  This guides future forecasts and helps to record whether their predictions were accurate.    

The National Weather Service in the process of conducting training for our volunteer weather spotters in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.  The training session will be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 20 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Northwest Regional Training Center, 11606 NE 66th Circle, Vancouver, WA 98662.

The training is for people who want to become part of our network of volunteer weather spotters as well as refresher training for existing weather spotters. They will be trained how to recognize cloud features and other weather phenomena that can produce severe weather as well as the criteria for reporting these elements to our office. This information is directly used in our warning program to help protect lives and property of our citizens.

The training is free and open to the general public.

More information is available on the website for the National Weather Service at

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