Even with modern technology, weather forecasters depend on trained volunteers for information on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Reports from trained spotters are an important part of issuing warnings to the public.
Q2 is once again partnering with the Billings National Weather Service office to offer a Storm Training Class. Topics include damaging winds, hail, tornadoes and flash floods. Attendees will learn how to identify real severe storms from false alarms.
Severe weather and lightning safety will also be discussed. The Q2 weather team and personnel from the National Weather Service will be on hand to answer questions.
Plus, Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator KC Williams will explain the new CodeRED emergency notification system.
There is no charge, and no registration is required. The public is encouraged to attend and door prizes will be awarded.
This is also a good opportunity for current spotters to get a refresher, and all ages are welcome.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in the Royal Johnson Community Room located just inside the front entrance of the Billings Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the session running from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.