Much of the wealth of information local National Weather Service officials gather after major storms come from certified weather spotters who have taken at least one three-hour weather-watching class. With a potentially snow-heavy winter ahead, you can soon get a chance to learn how to collect some of that valuable data.
The weather service's Sterling, Va., office is holding a training session on winter storms next month. The class is part of the Skywarn program, which instructs weather watchers on things like how to recognize storms that could produce tornadoes and how to report hail and damaging winds.
In the winter weather class, weather service officials go over things like how to accurately measure snowfall and ice accumulation and how winter storms form.
The class will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., in Westminster. Visit the Sterling office's Skywarn schedule webpage for more information on classes and to register for the Westminster training session.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun