Officials with NOAA’s National Weather Service forecast office in Las Vegas are looking for interested volunteers to help better protect residents of the Lake Havasu City area by providing quality storm reports during severe weather.
Meteorologists from the Las Vegas forecast office will hold a two-hour Severe Weather Spotter Training class beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Aquatic/Community Center’s Rods and Relics Room at 100 Park Ave. The class is free of charge and open to all area residents interested in weather, thunderstorms, or public safety. All course materials are provided.
The training session is complete with media to assist volunteers in learning to identify important thunderstorm characteristics, types of severe weather, weather safety, and reporting procedures.
“Organized in a partnership between National Weather Service Offices and local county emergency management agencies, volunteer weather spotters play an integral role in assisting forecasters in the weather warning process,” according to Dan Berc, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Las Vegas National Weather Service office.
“The low population density across much of the area makes our volunteer network a vital cog in obtaining reports of severe weather,” Berc said. “Real-time reports from trained volunteer spotters can improve weather warnings for hail, thunderstorm wind gusts, and flash flooding. These reports can help us accurately pinpoint weather hazards, and assist us in providing timely notification of where storm damage is likely to occur. We are fortunate to have dedicated individuals to help us better protect residents of our area.”
Over 1,000-trained spotters assist forecasters at the Las Vegas office by being those eyes on the ground across the area. Berc encouraged current spotters to attend the training as a refresher course.