Spring begins next week and inevitably means stormy weather on the horizon. A number of local authorities in Michigan's Great Southwest are working to recruit as many storm spotters among us as possible. Just last night Capt. Rockey Adams of the Berrien County Emergency Management Office hosted a storm spotter seminar on the campus of Andrews University to teach about severe weather, the tools used to track it and what to report to authorities. It was part of the SkyWarn volunteer program of some 290,000 trained severe weather spotters across the nation. There are currently 330 active spotters registered in Berrien County.
This weekend, folks in Van Buren County can capitalize on a similar program from the National Weather Service. On Saturday, March 16th, from 2pm to 4pm, the South Haven High School Interactive Learning Center at 600 Elkenburg Street in South Haven will host a free spotter training class.
If you're a cloud watcher, you may want to get in on the free training. The class will help people recognize and report severe weather conditions. Those who successfully complete training qualify to apply to their nearest Emergency Management office to get involved with their spotter program.
There is no advance registration required, you can simply show up to be a part of the training, at no charge.
The photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market is courtesy South Haven Area Emergency Beaches.