Posted: 3/2/2016

    National Weather Service to Teach How to Spot Tornadoes, Other Severe Spring Weather

    WHO:   A senior meteorologist from National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Wilmington, Ohio; local citizens, amateur radio operators, public safety officers and emergency management officials.

    WHAT: Annual Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar by NWS, providing specialized training in how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes and other severe spring weather conditions in Franklin County. The trainees will gain better understanding of storm structure and how to distinguish tornadoes from look-alikes. The seminar is free and citizens can register the day of the training before 9:00 a.m.  

    The event is open to the media. 

    WHEN:   9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016

    WHERE:   The Fawcett Center, The Ohio State University, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus. Driving directions: http://www.fawcettcenter.com/page/directions/.  Parking is free.

    WHY:   To help make the community better informed with accurate reports and predictions of dangerous weather. The NWS depends in part on information from citizens trained to spot and report tornadoes and other severe spring weather events.

    FCEM&HS, a government agency serving 42 local jurisdictions, coordinates countywide emergency and disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.