What’s That In The Sky?

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Fort Worth is holding SkyWarn Spotter Training sessions throughout the area through March 31st.

This isn’t just for people who want to go chase tornadoes. The basic training provides good information about the mechanics of tornado formation. This information is helpful in understanding when conditions are right for tornadoes and how to tell when one is forming. You’ll learn the meaning of some of the terms that the weather forecasters on TV are always talking about in the spring in North Texas, things like the cap (and why it’s important), RFD and hook echoes, gust fronts and inflow boundaries, rotation, etc.

Some upcoming classes in the immediate D/FW area are listed below. Bold type indicates that advanced spotter training will also be available.

Date County City Location Time
Saturday Feb 24 Denton Denton Senior Citizens Center (tentative) 8:30AM-4:30PM
Saturday Mar 3 Dallas Coppell City Hall 9:00AM
Saturday Mar 10 Tarrant Colleyville Colleyville Center TESSA Storms Conf. 9:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday Mar 24 Dallas Carrollton Carrollton Public Library 10:00AM
Saturday Mar 31 Tarrant Mansfield St. Jude Parish Hall 500 E. Dallas St. 9:00AM-Noon

Advanced spotter training goes well beyond the basic training and includes much more detailed information on the physics of tornado formation as well as other current thoughts in tornado and severe storm research.

Crossposted to the Keller CERT Association website.

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