Become a Skywarn Spotter: May 16

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By Quincy Vagell on May 7, 2013, 12:00pm Last modified: May 7, 2013, 2:34pm

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You can become an official Skywarn Spotter and report severe weather to the NWS.

On Thursday, May 16th at 7 p.m., the NWS out of Taunton, Mass. will be hosting a Spotter training class in Marlborough Conn. We are currently planning to get a group of weather enthusiasts together to attend the class. The class will run for two (2) to no longer than three (3) hours.

What's a Skywarn Spotter?
An individual who has gone through a Spotter training class and is knowledgeable in reporting severe hail, wind, flooding, snowfall amounts and even tornadoes to the NWS. 

Who can become a Spotter?
Anyone who attends one of these classes and earns a Spotter "ID". 

How much does it cost?
The training classes are free of charge. The NWS will generally give attendees reading materials with more information on severe weather, reporting to the NWS and much more. 

How can you register for the class?
Click here for the direct link to register for the class in Marlborough, Conn.
Alternatively, click here for a full list of other classes around the tri-state area. 

The WXedge Team got together a few contributors to attend a class last year, but this year we are looking to get an even larger group together. Depending on how many register, we will make travel coordination plans.

Is the class hard?
The class is basic enough for anyone who has at least a casual interest in the weather. (no degree in meteorology is required) If you'd like to learn more about severe weather, this is also a great opportunity to pick up some tips and pointers.

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or if you'd like to get involved.

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Quincy Vagell

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