Dozens Attend SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Class In Bryan


BRYAN, Texas Severe weather season starts next month and The National Weather Service is asking for more eyes and ears to help them provide accurate warnings.

News 3 attended one of two free Storm Spotter Training Classes happening Wednesday and heard some new information on what do if a tornado comes your way.

Severe weather season starts in April and the National Weather Service is looking for volunteers to help spot storms.

"There's this misnomer out there that the radar can sense everything and that really is not true," said Patrick Blood, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Houston / Galveston.

Blood spoke with more than 60 people Wednesday afternoon at SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Class.

"We need people on the ground. We need these instruments, the eyes to go ahead and give us a call if they report any type or see any type of thunderstorm, wind damage or hail or recently any ice," said Blood.

Experts are also offering some new advice if you find yourself stuck in a storm in your car and can't find a sturdy shelter.

The National Weather Service now recommends two options, as a last resort, to stay in your car with your seatbelt on and head down below the windows giving you a barrier from the debris outside.

You could also lie down in a low lying ditch.

While a mobile home is one of the worst places to be in a tornado the Weather Service says if you can't get to a sturdier shelter you may want to hide in the bathroom covering yourself up, depending on the circumstances.

"It's been very interesting, very knowledgeable," said Lt. Jeremy Walker, a Pastor and Corps Officer for the Salvation Army who attended the seminar.

"We're usually there afterwards and sometimes before and sometimes during, so we just want to be able to help out as much as we can, said Jeremy Walker.

Helpful eyes and ears if mother nature dishes out her worst our way.

If you're interested in becoming a Storm Spotter the National Weather Service is offering another class from 6 to 8:30 P.M. Wednesday night at the Brazos County Emergency Operations Center located at 110 North Main Street, Suite 100 in Downtown Bryan.

The SKYWARN Class is offered April 14th at 7 P.M. at the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department in Madison County.


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