National Weather Service Offering Storm Spotter Seminars

The National Weather Service will hold several in-person storm spotter seminars this spring, including a couple in the area.

One of the seminars will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm at the Cherokee Fire Station.

Another seminar will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 7pm at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer.

A couple of online sessions will be available including Thursday, April 4th starting at 6:30pm, and an online session will be held on Wednesday, April 24th starting at 1pm. Advanced registration is required for the online sessions. Click here for more information. Registration is NOT required for the in-person classes.

Our region’s upcoming severe weather season could be much more active than in previous years. According to forecasters, a rapid transition from El Nino, which has resulted in a much warmer than normal winter, into a La Nina pattern, along with some other factors, could cause a dramatic shift in the storm track during the spring and early summer, increasing the probability for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms for a large part of the upper Midwest, including our area.


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