Free weather spotter course offered

March 30, 2012 09:47 AM
The Knox County Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Lincoln, Illinois will host a free spotter training class on Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at Knox College, Umbeck Science and Math Center, 304 S. West Street in Galesburg. There is no fee and pre-registration is not required. The public is invited to attend.
Severe weather spotters are a vital part of the warning process, providing potentially life-saving information to the communities and rural areas of Knox County. In addition, spotter reports provide NWS forecasters with the first-hand information that is necessary to issue warnings and updates during severe weather events.  Knox County Emergency Management has assembled a weather spotter group that members of the general public can join. The website is available at
Topics covered in the spotter training class include:
  • Thunderstorm development and features
  • Types of thunderstorms - especially those that impact Illinois
  • Types of tornadoes, landspouts and gustnadoes
  • Non-tornadic severe weather
  • Resources for spotters
  • Spotter positioning and spotter safety
  • Effective spotter reports 
More information regarding NWS spotters can be found at
Questions regarding this training may be directed to Tom Simkins, Galesburg/Knox County EMA Coordinator, 309/345-3756 or by email.


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