Storm spotter class coming to Jerseyville
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By Carissa Sitki
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in St. Louis, partnered with the Jerseyville Emergency Management Agency to bring a storm spotter presentation to Jerseyville next week for those who have an interest in weather and would like to learn more.
This free class will take place at Jersey Community High School, 801 N. State St. in Jerseyville, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. According to the NWS, there is no age limit for the class and it will last around two hours.
Attendees will be taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, the features to look for, and where to find them. They will also learn what, when, and how to report information, as well as basic severe weather safety procedures.
Jerseyville Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Keith Norman said that the class is a great opportunity for residents.
“It’s a great opportunity that we’re going to have this class held locally and people won’t have to travel for it,” said Norman. “It will give people a chance to learn about different weather conditions and how they affect us.”
NWS St. Louis is offering other classes in southern Illinois and Missouri, with the nearest locations to Jersey County being Collinsville, Ill. or Florissant, Mo.
Those who wish to take the storm spotter class, but are unable to attend in person are invited to sign up for the virtual storm spotter course on Wednesday, March 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5075185573056760159 to register.
More information can be found on the US National Weather Service Saint Louis Missouri Facebook page.