Oakland County offers free severe weather spotter training

Registration is now open for Skywarn severe weather spotter training classes coordinated by Oakland County Homeland Security Division which begins in March. Skywarn is an effort to save lives during severe weather by having a network of well-trained spotters who can accurately observe weather phenomena and identify cloud features that lead to tornadoes and those that do not.

“Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel cloud with complete certainty – the human eye,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “While new technological and scientific tools have advanced the capability of meteorologists to predict severe weather, the trained spotter remains essential to the National Weather Service warning process. Trained spotters save lives.”

The Skywarn classes cover what kinds of weather phenomenon to report, how to report it, and severe weather safety. Classes are free and last 1.5 hours.

“The more trained eyes we have in the field during a severe weather event, the better our service to the public will be,” Patterson said.

To register, go to www.OakGov.com/homelandsecurity and click on the Skywarn logo to register or call 248-858-5300. Space is limited.

Upcoming Skywarn spotter training classes:

Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford

Tuesday, March 21 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Commerce Township Offices, 2009 Township Drive, Commerce Township

Thursday, April 6 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Karl Richter Campus Community Center, 300 East St., Holly

Monday, April 10 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion

Wednesday, April 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield