National Weather Services looking for volunteer weather spotters

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WALLA WALLA - Everyone talks about the weather. Here's a chance to do something about it.

The National Weather Service needs volunteers to train as weather spotters. A free two-hour training session will be held Thursday by a meteorologist with the NWS office in Pendleton.

Weather spotters provide vital, real-time information about storm activity, said Dennis Hull, Despite technology such as Doppler weather radar and satellites, "forecasters depend upon getting good ‘ground truth' information from trained Skywarn weather spotters," he said.

Skywarn volunteers are not "storm chasers," Hull said. Weather spotters are asked to report observations in a timely manner by phone, the Internet or by amateur radio. Meteorologists then use that information to issue severe weather warnings or statements to Walla Walla County residents and others in the forecast area.

Volunteers can pre-register by going online to the Pendleton NWS office or sign up at the door on the day of the training.

Information is available at 541-276-4493, ext. 223, or by e-mailing Hull at dennis.hull@noaa.gov.

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The Skywarn Weather Spotter training will be held starting at 10 a.m. at the Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St.

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