Blue Earth County, Nicollet County and the National Weather Service are partnering to host a special Skywarn Spotter Training on Tues., March 18 at the South Central College Conference Center in North Mankato. The free training is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. Skywarn Spotter Training teaches basic skills necessary to become a weather spotter. Storm spotters help their communities by participating in an organized effort to watch for approaching storms and warn of the formation of tornadoes or other threatening severe weather. Despite the use of Doppler radar equipment, there is still a need for field spotters. Radar can only detect the parent circulation that spawns tornadoes and on-the-ground spotters help provide information about whether tornadoes are actually being produced and can help provide their precise location.
Pre-registration is not required. For additional information please contact Blue Earth County Emergency Management at (507) 304-4806 or Nicollet County Emergency Management at (507) 934-0410. More information about Skywarn Training can be found on the National Weather Service website at; http://www.weather.gov/ilm/skywarn.