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Audrain Emergency Management hosts storm spotter class

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 6:40 am

The difference between a funnel cloud and a tornado were many of the items discussed the evening of January 30 at the Audrain County 4-H building.

The National Weather Service’s John Carney discusses how to read a weather map.

The nearly 30 people sitting in the darkness watching Power-Point slides of cloud formations and weather maps were there with a serious purpose.

“These were people who wanted to learn how to be aware of and understand hazardous weather conditions, so they know what it looks like and are able to inform the public,” said Nichols Tietsort, director of the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency, which sponsored the event. “They were here to learn how to recognize dangerous weather, take action and protect themselves.”

Chris Newbrough, there representing Audrain Emergency Communications, Inc., an area Ham Radio group said the class served an important purpose.

“This gives people the opportunity to be an integral part of Audrain County’s storm response system,” Newbrough said. “For example, a person driving down the road who sees storm damage can learn how to properly report it to the National Weather Service with the type of details that make those downstream safer.”