Officials with Stokes County EMS are investigating the local interest level in hosting a SKYWARN class in Stokes County this spring.
Phill Hysell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., has agreed to come to Stokes County to present the class if there is any interest in the area.
SKYWARN classes are aimed at training storm spotters to help form the nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. The free two hour training class will discuss:
• Basics of thunderstorm development
• Fundamentals of storm structure
• Identifying potential severe weather features
• Information to report
• How to report information
• Basic severe weather safety
Anyone 16 years or older can register to be a SKYWARN spotter. Even if you are not interested, the SKYWARN training will provide information on how you and your family can stay safe from severe weather.
Those interested in the SKYWARN class should contact Greg Collins, director of Stokes County EMS, at 336-593-5409, ext. 5. Collins said that interested participants need to contact him by Feb. 8. If there is interest in the area, he said a date and location for the event will be announced later this month and the class will be held sometime in March.
For more information about the SKYWARN program visit the National Weather Service’s “SKYWARN” website at www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn.