NWS Partnership for Spotter Training

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By Scott Roberts

Our experience leading up to and during last year’s Andover Tornado will be part of the NWS Wichita “Storm Fury on the Plains” annual storm identification and reporting training sessions, which start tonight and run most weeknights through March and early April across the counties served by the office. Click on the dot in your county to find out more about time and place for your training.

Matt and I, along with KWCH12 Storm Chaser Lance Ferguson, will share the narrative of our activities that day and point out some ways this storm was different than the typical tornado-producing thunderstorm. There were some substantial differences, yet the storm provided some stellar examples of important things to watch for in the moments before tornado formation.


One of us will be traveling with the NWS presenter to most of the sessions…I start it off tonight, presenting along with Andy Kleinsasser at Neosho County Community College starting at 6:30pm.

These sessions are aimed mostly at the storm spotters who are deployed by each county in times of storm, but they are given in such a way they can be a very rewarding experience for everyone — more knowledge about what storm features you should be alert for can lead you to higher confidence in being ready when storms impact your area. Everyone is invited!

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