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Monday, April 15, 2024

National Weather Service hosting free SKYWARN Storm Spotter workshop this week

The National Weather Service is hosting a free workshop this week which will teach Marion County residents how to spot early warning signs of extreme weather.

On Thursday, May 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the SKYWARN Storm Spotter workshop will be held at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center, which is located at 698 NW 30th Avenue in Ocala.

Lightning and severe weather causes billions of dollars in property damage each year. This training class provides members of the community with essential information for all types of weather hazards such as thunderstorms and tornadoes.

During the workshop, participants will learn the following:

  • The basics of thunderstorm development.
  • The fundamentals of storm structure.
  • How to identify potential severe weather features.
  • How to report information, along with what information to report.
  • Basic severe weather safety.

SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters throughout the country who provide accurate and timely reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, visit the National Weather Service SKYWARN Storm Spotter webpage.