A few spots left for Baltimore weather spotting class

There is still some room in a Jan. 9 class in Baltimore for those who want to learn how to spot and report severe weather.

There were about five spaces remaining as of noon Thursday, according to the mayor's Office of Emergency Management. The class was first announced in November.

The weather service's Skywarn basics class prepares weather watchers to report possible tornadoes, severe storms, heavy winds and flooding. Upon completing the class, which typically lasts a few hours, attendees are assigned spotter numbers they can use to report severe weather to the weather service.

The class is offered up to a couple dozen times over the year across the weather service's Baltimore/Washington area, but because that footprint includes most of Maryland, the District of Columbia and much of northern and central Virginia, it is offered only a handful of times in the Baltimore area each year.

The class will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the city's public safety training facility at 3500 W. Northern Parkway. Those interested in attending should sign up by e-mailing cert@baltimorecity.gov. Parking is available in the main lot east of the building, though only the front door to the building will be open after-hours.

Meanwhile, Skywarn classes on winter storms are being held over the next few weeks in Allegany, Washington and Prince George's Counties. Visit the weather service's website for more information on upcoming classes.

Have a weather question? E-mail me at sdance@baltsun.com or tweet to @MdWeather.

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