Skywarn weather spotter training kicks off in Owosso on Saturday

The next Skywarn training class for 2018 happens on Saturday, March 17th in Shiawassee County.

OWOSSO, Mich - If you've ever wanted to learn more about severe storms and become an official National Weather Service weather spotter, now's your chance.

The Detroit/Pontiac National Weather Service office holds several weather spotter training sessions before the spring severe weather season in Michigan.

The next training session is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17th at the Owosso Township Hall at 410 S. Delaney Rd, Owosso, MI.

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Skywarn is the official weather spotter program for the National Weather Service.

Even with today's advanced weather tracking technology, there's still a big need for spotters to report what they're seeing on the ground.

Training sessions are free and open to the public, and typically last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

It's open to all ages, but only those ages 13 and up can register to become an official spotter.

Spotter training covers severe weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and identification of important storm features such as a wall cloud, funnel cloud, and safety concerns.

Here's a list of all 2018 training sessions in mid-Michigan:

March 17, 9 a.m. Shiawassee County, Owosso Township Hall - 410 S. Delaney Rd, Owosso, MI.

March 17, 2018 10 a.m. Clare County, Clare County Transportation Cabinet - 1473 Transportation Drive, Harrison, MI 48625

March 17, 2018 2 p.m. Gratiot County, Alma College, Swanson Academic Center - 614 W Superior Street, Alma, MI 48801

March 20, 7 p.m. Tuscola County, Tuscola County Medical Care Facility Business Annex - 1285 Cleaver Rd (M-24), Caro, MI 48723

March 27, 7 p.m. Firebird Theater - 280 E Sanilac Road, Sandusky, MI 48471

March 29, 7 p.m. Saginaw County, Thomas Twp Public Safety Building - 8215 Shields Dr, Saginaw, MI 48609

April 5, 7p.m. Lapeer County, Pix Theater - 172 W Nepessing St, Lapeer, MI 48446

April 19, 2018 6 p.m. Central Michigan University - Anspach 162 Mt. Pleasant, MI

April 19, 6:30 p.m. Huron County, Huron County Expo Center - 170 W Soper Rd, Bad Axe, MI 48413

April 24, 7 p.m. Genesee County, Genesee County Building Third Floor Auditorium - 1101 Beach Street, Room G-25, Flint, MI 48502








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