WEST MICHIGAN - If you ever thought about being a severe weather spotter and helping out the FOX 17 meteorologists and the National Weather Service, this is your chance to participate.
National Weather Service spotter training classes are now underway online and are free, but you must register to attend the session.
These classes train you in what to look for during a severe weather event and how to report what you see. Gust fronts, funnel clouds, tornadoes, hail, torrential rain are just a few of the conditions that will be reviewed. It's a fairly straightforward that will last about an hour.
Once trained, these spotters are the eyes and ears for the National Weather Service and report through first-hand experience what is seen during severe weather. That information ultimately gets published on the NWS website and gets disseminated to broadcast meteorologists including the FOX 17 Weather Team. You will be helping FOX 17 meteorologists keep our entire viewing audience informed.
Spotter training sessions are as follows:
- March 18, Grand Rapids/Holland Area
- March 29, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Area
- March 30, Lansing/Jackson Area
Information in these training sessions is the same for each one, so you do not need to attend all of them (only one). You can register here.
Don't forget during severe weather events, you can always send spotter reports, information, and photos via email directly to FOX 17 to: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or download the FOX 17 Weather App and submit photos directly through your phone.