Storm spotter class offered Mar. 11

February 25, 2010

Photo courtesy NOAA.

Learn about climatic conditions at free class in DeFuniak Springs

The National Weather Service depends on the public to report instances of damage stemming from Mother Nature’s fury.  The information supplied by residents will often help meteorologists’ determine whether the damage, or destruction was caused by a tornado, or downburst of wind.

On Mar. 11  at 7:00 p.m., a forecaster from the National Weather Service Office in Tallahassee, Florida will be in DeFuniak Springs to conduct a Storm Spotter class.  The class will take place in the EOC Building on Davis Lane off U.S. Highway 90.  Those who attend will receive a basic class in determining various climatic conditions.

The class will be  free to the public.  Contact either Cindy Wilson, or Jeff McVay at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management and Public Safety Communications Division at 850- 892-8065.

For those who are interested, but cannot attend, an on-line, computer edition of the class is offered.  The Webinar will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Register for the class by going to the following internet link:
The National Weather Service and the Florida Emergency Management Agency are stepping up the public focus on “severe” weather. An emphasis is being placed on tornados.  It is proven that advanced planning and increased awareness will help residents of Florida survive these deadly storms.

The months of March through May are known as the “Spring Tornado Season”.  An excellent opportunity for schools, civic organizations and businesses around the Florida Panhandle to practice what they would do in the event of severe weather.