Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Local workshop offers primer on severe weather

April 8, 2004

Eudorans don't have to be a meteorologist to know springtime in Kansas means thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. But they can learn more about the phenomena during a Weather 101 workshop coming to Eudora later this month.
Matt Wolters, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, will teach the free class at 7 p.m. April 28 at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.
The class is open to the general public, said Teri Guenther, assistant director for Douglas County Emergency Management.
Although other classes emergency management offers drew the true weather enthusiasts, Guenther said Weather 101 was for anyone. She said the class provided basic information on severe weather, such as what to look for and how to be prepared.
The class also offers safety tips, and Guenther said weather radios would be available for purchase at cost.
At the April 28 class, she said the NWS would have applications for stationary weather observers. Unlike emergency management's weather spotters, who go through extensive training and are deployed to specific locations during severe weather, stationary weather spotters perform a more low-key role.
"You observe something like rainfall for the weather service, call it in, and report it," she said.
However, the Weather 101 class is one of several classes now required of emergency management's weather spotters, who applied last December and began training at the beginning of the year in preparation for the peak severe weather season, which began this month.
Such weather spotters are provided with equipment to help out emergency management, Guenther said.
"That helps us determine what the weather service is saying and what they (spotters) are saying," she said. "We can take all that information in."
Emergency management accepts applications for weather spotters from November to January. For more information, visit www.douglas-county.com/Emergency_Mgmt/skywarn.asp.

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