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Become a SKYWARN weather spotter

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Have a passion for the weather or severe weather events? Consider becoming a SKYWARN weather spotter.


Chesterfield County Emergency Management will host a Basic SKYWARN class Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m., at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way (in the Chesterfield County government complex).

SKYWARN volunteers are weather spotters who play important roles in helping the National Weather Service forecast severe weather and provide weather warnings that save lives. SKYWARN spotters identify and describe severe local storms, providing their observations to the National Weather Service. The NWS merges the spotters' information with Doppler radar technology and satellite data to improve forecast accuracy.

The Basic SKYWARN class covers all the background information needed to become a trained severe weather spotter. The class is free of charge and lasts about two hours. All materials are provided.

To register for the class, or for more information, contact Sherri Laffoon at 804-796-7159 or

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