Winter weather storms are becoming a thing in the past–it’s time to prepare for tornado season. And as the snow melts away in Northern Minnesota, the National Weather Service conducted a training course called Skywarn. We attended the class in Park Rapids along with others in the community who want to become storm spotters.
About 20 people from different age groups and backgrounds participated in the National Weather Service’s Skywarn storm spotter course. Officials say this state is prone to severe weather, Minnesotans have recovered from devastating tornados in the past. That’s why training storm spotters are crucial to meteorologists and first responders.
The National Weather Service is in charge of observing, forecasting, and warning citizens of storms, but it needs spotters to find out what’s occurring during those storms. Even though the weather is getting nicer and warmer, officials urge spotters to keep their eyes on the sky. So far there are more than a hundred trained spotters in the state. The Skywarn program started training weather spotters in the 1960s. According to the National Weather Service, the United States is the most severe weather-prone county in the world.