Jackson County Emergency Management and Ho-Chunk Emergency Management are co-hosting a National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training in Black River Falls, Wisconsin on Thursday, March 23 rd .
The training will be held at the Ho-Chunk Tribal Office Building, W9814 Airport Road, starting at 6:30 p.m. This two hour class includes a multimedia presentation and is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters and anyone who is interested in learning more about weather. This class is open to the public and free of charge. A review of recent and past severe weather will be included. The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from "spotters", which can include sheriff's departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes. These reports can prompt warnings that save lives – a proven fact we’ve seen many times in our region. Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, Wisconsin organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers. “Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals, not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need more eyes to the sky.” “We have had a tremendous response from people who have taken past classes”, states Jackson County Emergency Management Coordinator Kristina Page. “People have walked away from the class with a much better understanding of severe weather.” Jackson County, as well as other areas of western and central Wisconsin, always needs more “ground-truth” weather reports to pass along to the National Weather Service. Again, training is Thursday, March 23 rd near Black River Falls, Wisconsin starting at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not needed.