Marshall County EMA To Hold Storm Spotters Class February 9

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The National Weather Service confirmed 15 tornadoes in Marshall County on April 27, 2011, the most of any county in the state.

The Marshal County Emergency Management Agency plans to use what happened last April to help teach people how to spot storms in their area.

With Alabama’s major tornado season right around the corner, the EMA is hosting a storm spotter class Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Guntersville Town Hall.

The class is free and open to the public.

The NWS will run the two hour class.

In the class, you’ll learn how to look at the clouds and understand what they’re doing.

The NWS will also teach you the proper way to report storms.

The EMA and NWS offices rely on their network of trained spotters when severe weather strikes.

“We cannot accurately forecast what’s going on in specific neighborhoods,” said MCEMA operations support officer George Harwell. “If we rely on things like radar to tell us what’s happening, that can’t look low down on the ground, what’s happening right in their neighborhood, so it’s protection for them and their neighbors.”

The MCEMA began holding storm spotter classes about three years ago, one before the spring storm season and one in the fall before hurricane season.

Harwell said that he has noticed an increase in the frequency of reports from spotters since the classes started.