National Weather Service Offering Storm Spotter Classes this spring

(Jefferson County) The National Weather Service (NWS) in St. Louis, in coordination with county emergency managers, are offering storm spotter classes at a number of locations to prepare for severe weather season.

The classes are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Melissa Mainhart is a Meteorologist with the NWS in St. Louis. She says they are offering those classes in two different ways.

There are two in-person classes scheduled in the Regional Radio listening area.

The next class will be held on Wednesday, March 16th at Arcadia Valley Chapel in Ironton from 6:30-8:30pm.

The second class will be held on Tuesday, April 19th at Ste. Genevieve Fire House from 6:30-8:30pm.

Virtual spotter classes, which require advanced registration, will be held on Monday, March 21st and Thursday, April 7th. Both courses go from 7-8:30pm.

The classes are geared towards those who would like to assist their local community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter and reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service, or simply wanting to learn more about severe weather.