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NWS Storm Spotter Training Program Scheduled For Tuesday January 26 

The 2021 severe weather season is not too far away, and the National Weather Service and local public safety officials want you to be ready.

The National Weather Service will be conducting a free, virtual severe weather training class for Lamar County on Tuesday, January 26​​, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Officially called the SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class, the program will be in partnership with the Paris Police Department and Fannin County Office​ of Emergency Management. You can find the registration for this online class at​             https://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnmap. They are combining this virtual class with Delta, Fannin, and Hopkins counties. 

This class is for established storm spotters, anyone interested in severe weather, and anyone who wants to learn more about North and Central Texas’ extreme weather threats and how to prepare. It is part of a regional severe weather preparedness campaign. You can find other classes in the region on the full schedule at https://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnmap. 

This year’s program will feature an in-depth review and study of the various threats posed by severe thunderstorms. The program will also review thunderstorm characteristics and features associated with severe and non-severe storms. Additionally, the program highlights stringent weather safety and how you can report severe weather information back to the National Weather Service and local public safety officials. 

“By participating in this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” says Tom Bradshaw, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the NWS Fort Worth Office. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free sessions to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.” 

The Lamar County, severe weather program is one of several training sessions the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office will conduct between January and March 2021. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth provides forecasts, warnings, and weather services for 46 counties in North and Central Texas. For more information on severe weather, visit our website at http://weather.gov/fortwort​   h, on Facebook: ​https://www.facebook.com/NWSDallasFortWorth and on Twitter: @NWSFortWorth.​