Meteorologist presents Storm Spotter training
Meteorologist Mark A. Fox, from the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Fort Worth, presented the 2010 Skywarn-Storm Spotter Training to over 30 attending from Burleson, Falls, Bell and Milam counties. The free, public training was held in the Cameron VFD meeting room on Jan. 11, co-sponsored by Cameron Volunteer Fire Department and Milam County Emergency Management.
The two-hour presentation enables individuals to prepare for weather emergencies, draw up an emergency plan for home and workplace, and to recognize clues that suggest large hail, f lash f looding or a tornado is possible.
Attendees had the opportunity to learn about thunderstorms, about how storms work and the visual clues you can identif y when storms are in your area. Severe weather safety tips were also part of the program.
Fox distributed a handy guide sheet for referencing during potential severe weather. The information sheet includes the following topics:
• Storm Spotter’s Checklist for reporting tips, safety tips, night spotting tips, and severe storm characteristics.
• Guidance in the following: Are Strong Updrafts Present?, Are Strong Downdrafts Present?, Is The Storm Rotating?, Is The Tornado Threat Increasing?, Are You Seeing A “Look-Alike?”, Wall Clouds vs. Shelf Clouds, Tornados vs Downbursts, Hail Size Estimation, Wind Speed Estimation, and suggested reporting criteria.
This program is held in Milam County annually and rotated between the cities of Rockdale and Cameron.
For more information, contact the Milam County Homeland Security Office at 254-697- 7060.