With all the advancements in technology over the years -- severe weather coverage and information has exploded ten fold over what it used to be. Even with dual-pol radars starting to come online in different parts of the country, a radar can only tell you what it thinks is possible in a storm, thanks to fancy, long mathematical equations. It is, and most likely, always will be the ground truth that meteorologists rely on to give out accurate reports to keep people safe when the worst of the weather is blowing past. In a day and time where a tweet or facebook post can go a long way, information has multiplied and traveling faster than ever before.
That being said -- ever been interested in learning just exactly what to look for when severe weather blows through the Brazos Valley? If you have, the National Weather Service provides SKYWARN classes through out the year to help teach people not only that but how to stay safe while out in the field doing it. As I said, the radar can tell us what the storm is capable, but it's those reliable SKYWARN reports that let us know anything from what size hail is fall to if a tornado is on the ground or not. Below is a list of date, time and locations for upcoming SKYWARN classes here in the Brazos Valley: