Skywarn program looking for volunteers in Hettinger County

There will be training in New England April 8 for volunteers to help with the SKYWARN weather observer program with the National Weather Service.

The training will be at the Memorial Hall, starting Monday at 6:30 p.m., according to the Hettinger County Emergency Management Office.

The program, which started in the 1970s, is combines information from volunteers with input from Doppler Radar, satellites and other sources to help the National Weather Service issue warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

There are currently between 350,000 to 400,000 trained severe weather spotters in the program throughout the United States. Every year, the country has more than 1,000 tornadoes, 5,000 floods and 10,000 severe thunderstorms.

The severe weather and safety training program is free and open to the public.

According to a spokesman, the session will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

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