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NWS hosts annual Storm Spotter workshop

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At the annual SKYWARN Storm Spotter workshop, regular community members got trained up. At the annual SKYWARN Storm Spotter workshop, regular community members got trained up.
There are about 3,000 storm spotters in our NWS-designated area. There are about 3,000 storm spotters in our NWS-designated area.

After Wednesday night, there's no need to be a Meteorologist to accurately track severe weather.

At the annual SKYWARN Storm Spotter workshop, regular community members got trained up. Every year, the National Weather Service hosts the workshop with the Allen County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Around 100 people or so from the surrounding area, along with public safety professionals and amateur radio operators, learn how to stay safe in severe weather, what to report, how to report it, how to determine exactly what it is they're reporting, and how to get their information quickly to the weather service. This is how spotter information keeps our area safe.

"We take the data that the spotters give to us at the Weather Service and we're able to go out and do our incident damage assessments based on where we feel the incident has occurred. So if the tornado started in Spencerville we would know whether to start in Spencerville or Delphos or Bluffton.

There are about 3,000 storm spotters in our NWS-designated area. Participants receive a certificate online after completing a survey at home later.

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