Skywarn training held in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Spring starts on Thursday and the National Weather Service is preparing for the severe storm season.

On Wednesday evening, a training session was held at Austintown Fitch High School to train new volunteers to be part of the Skywarn System.  The volunteers learned what to look for in the sky when severe weather approaches.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Meyers said the spotters play a very important role when severe thunderstorms hit the area.

“If we see something in the radar, it’s nice to have confirmation on the ground from our spotters that say there is a tornado on the ground. Some of these weak tornadoes are hard to sample with the radar,” Meyers said.

More than 100 people attended the training session, including police and firefighters, as well as citizens hoping to become volunteers.


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