Severe weather season is drawing near and the National Weather Service is offering Skywarn training for anyone interested in storm spotting.
According to the NWS, more than 10,000 severe storms, 5,000 floods and 1,000 tornadoes occur in a typical year in the United States. Many of reports received are from Skywarn spotters.
Skywarn is a volunteer training program comprised of more 250,000 spotters trained in spotting severe weather.
Topics covered in the courses include basics of thunderstorm development; fundamentals of storm structure; identifying potential severe weather features; information to report; how to report information; and basic severe weather safety.
Classes are free and no registration is required.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Volunteer fire department, 116 E. Blanchard St.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Volunteer fire department, 1001 S. Frisco St.
9 a.m. Feb. 20, Howard Payne University, 1000 Fisk St., Newman Hall, Room 136
7 p.m. Feb. 22 Volunteer fire department,.
6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Volunteer fire department,
9 a.m. Feb. 27, Abilene Christian University, Onstead-Packer Building
6 p.m. March 7, New jail, 402 2nd St.
7:30 p.m. March 10, Volunteer fire department, 106 N. 9th St.
7 p.m. March 16, Sonora High School,.
6 p.m. March 21, Texas State Technical College,rive, Temple Dickson Engineering Building, Room 120
6:30 p.m. March 28, Throckmorton County Courthouse, North Minton Avenue
6:30 p.m. April 11, Albany Fire Department, Railroad Street
7 p.m. April 14, Novice Community Center, Fm 702
9 a.m. April 9, Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 YMCA Drive
For more information, call Hector Guerrero at 325-944-9445.