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If you are interested in learning more about severe weather, or becoming an official NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter, there will be a FREE training session, open to the public, and lasting about 1 ½ hours. Pre-registration is not necessary. It will be held at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, 9922 Front St (M-72), Empire, Michigan 49630, on Thursday, May 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This year’s training will include:
- Thunderstorm ingredients
- Lightning, flood, and hail safety
- Difference between supercell storms and multi-cell storms
- August 2 severe storms in Northern Michigan
- How tornadoes form
- NWS warning criteria
- What and when to report
- Cloud formations and things that can fool you
Each person that signs up to be a spotter will receive a NWS spotter card and information about several online reporting networks.
For further information about spotter training, please check out the following website: https://www.weather.gov/apx/outreach_events