The first of four National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotters Training Classes was Tuesday evening at Grandville Middle School, 3535 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville, MI. The auditorium was full and Ernie Ostuno from the Grand Rapids NWS gave us a captivating and surprisingly witty talk on how to recognize and respond to severe weather. These Skywarn classes are free to attend.

Spotter classes will also be held this coming Saturday in Battle Creek, April 15 in Alma and April 22 in Muskegon. There are also videos, pictures and instructional material online. The National Weather Service has a YouTube Channel.