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Class to teach how to spot bad storms, tornadoes, cloud features

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – During severe weather situations, terms such as Derecho, Bow Echo, Hook Echo,Outflow Boundary, Flanking Line, and Supercell Thunderstorm describe the sky.

To learn what these mean, Ogle County Emergency Management, Whiteside County Emergency Service and Disaster Agency and Lee County Office of Emergency Management will offer a Severe Storm and Tornado Spotter Training class.

The class will be conducted by the National Weather Service at 6:30 p.m. April 4 in Room 1K4 at Sauk Valley Community College 173 state Route 2. The training will last 1.5 hours.

This training is open to anyone interested in the weather. Spotting approaching severe weather and issuing a timely warning will save lives. 

The training consists of a slide and video program. Severe storm structure and how to identify cloud features and other environmental clues to identify severe storms and tornadoes will be discussed.

There is no cost.

For more information, contact Ogle County EMA at 815-732-6666, Whiteside County ESDA at 815-772-5215 or Lee County EMA at 815-284-3365.

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