The National Weather Service is looking for weather spotters

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GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The National Weather Service will hold its first weather spotting training class Tuesday night in Grandville. 

Those who attend will be trained through SKYWARN, a volunteer program for people who are interested in becoming weather spotters. 

Weather spotters are trained to provide accurate weather reports of severe weather to the NWS, as well as identify and describe severe storms —making them the community’s first line of defense against threatening weather. 

The first class for the spring season will be taught at Grandville Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Kent and Ottawa County Emergency Management. 

Registration is required, and can be done here

It’s also possible to receive online training through the COMET program if you are unable to attend any of the classes in Michigan. A full list of classes offered this spring in Michigan can be found here

Anyone with an interest in weather is encouraged to join, and can learn more about the SKYWARN program on the NWS’s website

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