Storm_spotter_trainingIn preparation for the upcoming severe weather season, The National Weather Service in cooperation with The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency and The Marshall County SKYWARN group will be hosting the annual “Storm Spotter Training” class.

The training will be conducted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00pm and will be held in Room 203 of the Marshall County Building located at 112 W. Jefferson Street in Plymouth, IN. 46563.  Check-in will begin at 5:30pm.

The training is FREE and open to the public.  Online registration is encouraged and can be done at:

No internet – no problem, registration can be done by calling 574-936-3740 or 574-834-1104.

Participants are encouraged to complete the MetED Online Spotter Training prior to attending the class. The training can be found at:

The spotter training will include information on the following:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970’s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and local communities.  The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado.

If you would like additional information regarding emergency/disaster preparedness, please contact Clyde Avery, Director of the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, at 936-3740.