National Weather Service to hold severe weather spotter class

jojacobs@vagazette.com

The National Weather Service will train people interested in becoming severe weather spotters with a free class April 11 in James City.

The 2-hour basic Skywarn class is a joint venture between James City, Williamsburg and the National Weather Service. The class, which will be held at the James City County Recreation Center, is free and open to the public regardless of residency, according to a James City news release.

A National Weather Service meteorologist will lead the class, which provides background information needed to become a spotter. Trained spotters play a key role during severe weather event by providing weather information to the National Weather Service, the release states.

Class participants who successfully complete the class will be certified as spotters. The class’s instruction includes topics such as lightning safety, basic severe weather definitions and information about the National Weather Service, according to the National Weather Service’s website.

Basic Skywarn class

When: 6 p.m., April 11.

Where: 5301 Longhill Road, James City County Recreation Center.

Cost: Free.

To enroll: weather.gov/akq//SKYWARN

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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