WALLA WALLA - Registration is now open for a free weather spotter training course set for May 14.
Sponsored by the National Weather Service, the course will teach volunteers how to provide severe weather reports that are vital to helping forecasters track storms and alert the public to dangerous weather situations.
The two-hour course will begin at 7 p.m. It will take place in the second floor training room of the Walla Walla County Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St., in Walla Walla.
This course will include information about the National Weather Service and severe weather events such tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, dust storms, high winds and winter storms. Students who complete the course will receive a training certificate.
Because the weather spotter program is informal, participants may continue their daily routine and work schedule. They do not need to notify the Weather Service when they are on vacation or cannot report.
People can register by visiting the National Weather Service's Pendleton office website and clicking on "storm spotter registration" at the top of the page. Registration is not required to attend the course.