Interested in becoming a registered weather spotter?
The National Weather Service will be training new groups of them at classes in Ellicott City and Westminster in the coming weeks.
The weather service uses its network of spotters to investigate and verify severe weather events and to measure precipitation across wide regions.
Once completing its Skywarn Basics 1 class, spotters can take other classes offered occasionally on winter storms, flooding or tropical weather.
Weather-watching basics classes are being held in Ellicott City on Oct. 30 and in Westminster on Nov. 1, both at 7 p.m.
The class includes lessons on recognizing funnel clouds, properly measuring hail and estimating wind speeds.
For details and to sign up, click here. And bookmark the page to check back for more Skywarn class opportunities.