Free weather spotter course offered 2014

March 17, 2014 04:53 PM


 Free weather spotter course offered 

The Knox County Emergency Management Agency and Galesburg/Knox County 9-1-1, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Lincoln, Illinois will host a free spotter training class on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m., at Knox College, Umbeck Science and Math Center, 304 South 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. Spotters played a critical role in getting timely warnings and information to the public during the deadly tornado outbreak on November 17, 2013. Knox County Emergency Management has assembled a weather spotter group that members of the general public can join.

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

Contact: Tom Simkins, Galesburg/Knox County Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 309/345-3755




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