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Skywarn spotters needed: National Weather Service wants volunteers

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Are you the kind of person who loves watching severe weather? Do you pay close attention when a strong cold front approaches? If so, you'd be the perfect candidate to be a Skywarn weather spotter.  

A Skywarn spotter is an extra set of eyes and ears for the National Weather Service. On days when severe weather threatens, our local national weather service office needs extra help from people like you. 

But they don't want just anyone calling or sending in information. You have to be trained first!  

Training sessions last 2 1/2 hours and they are free. While spotters can relay all kinds of weather information-- most importantly you learn all about thunderstorms-- plus how to identify potential severe weather as it approaches. Trained Skywarn spotters also know the right way to report information to the weather service in Wakefield. 

Being a spotter isn't just fun-- it's important, especially for rural communities where weather information can be spotty. 

There's a training session tonight-- being held at the Amelia County Fire Station number 1. It starts at 6:00 p.m. For more details, click here if you'd like to become a trained Skywarn spotter.

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