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The National Weather Service relies on storm spotters everyday for specific weather details. Springfield's National Weather Service will host a series of training classes for the public. KSMU's Christy Hendricks reports.
Storm spotters across the Ozarks and the country scrutinize the weather everyday to help inform the National Weather Service of severe weather.
The Springfield's National Weather Service office will host storm spotter training classes from February to the first week of April.
Doug Cramer is a National Weather Service Meteorologist.
He says storm spotter classes teach people a wide range of weather information important for identifying storms.
Cramer says even though the National Weather Service uses computer technology to predict and track storms, when a storm occurs, storm spotters remain an important source for information.
Doug Cramer says storm spotters played a major role in informing the National Weather Service about the Ozark's last two tornado outbreaks on December 17th, 2002 and May fourth 2003.
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service teach storm spotter classes in each of the 34 counties in southwest Missouri and three counties in southeast Kansas that are covered by The Springfield office.
Classes are free and open to the public.
For more information about the storm spotter training classes go to www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf .