PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brought a weather spotter training class to Pierre. The gatherings are held each spring to help get those who watch the skies get up-to-date on the upcoming spring and summer storm season and know what to watch for with severe weather. It is also offered for members of the public who might be interested in learning about severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Manager Rob Fines says the turnout at Thursday’s event was good.
Fines says he has a good group of spotters who canvass the two counties when severe weather moves through. He also says the severe weather reporting system that is in place works well for the two counties. When thunderstorms or tornadoes are noted, there are more than 20 sirens that are positioned throughout the area to warn of the conditions. Fines says tones sound when threatening weather occurs and a voice message is broadcast across the devices detailing why the sirens are going off.
Fines says he is always looking for volunteers to help with the weather spotter program. Those who are interested can contact his office at 773-7454. He also advises that people with questions during storms should tune into local media outlets or contact his office, instead of contacting Pierre’s local dispatch center. The next National Weather Service Weather Spotter Training will be held in Mobridge April 4 and in Miller on April 10.
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