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Become a weather spotter

Thursday, January 21, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

The National Weather Service is offering a free “weather spotter” training class in February, with various dates and locations available. The classes are part of the Skywarn program, which trains volunteers to “help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service,” according to the organization’s website. Currently, the Skywarn network has almost 290,000 volunteers. Upcoming class dates include Feb. 1 (Kyle Fire Department, 210 W. Moore St.), Feb. 3 (Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12), Feb. 4 (Dripping Springs City Hall, 511 Mercer St.) and Feb. 10 (Fire Station #5, 100 Carleson Circle, San Marcos). All classes run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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