Class to train weather spotters in Dayton area

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DAYTON - The National Weather Service is seeking Dayton-area volunteers to assist in providing real-time information about storm activity.

The NWS will conduct a free Skywarn Weather Spotter training Tuesday in Dayton. The class will begin at 7 p.m. at the Public Works Facility conference room, 415 Guernsey Ave. and will last about two hours.

Weather spotters aid forecasters by providing information on what is happening in their area. Meteorologists use the data as they issue severe weather warnings or statements to the residents of Columbia County.

During the training, spotters will learn how to observe cloud formations, high winds, precipitation, heavy snow and other weather phenomenon in their area. Spotters use a special toll-free number, amateur radio frequency or the Internet to report their observations.

Skywarn volunteers are not storm chasers, said Dennis Hull, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS forecast office in Pendleton. The weather service does not encourage storm chasing because it is very dangerous.

Information about the training is available at 541-969-7136.

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