Storm Spotter classes more popular after March tornadoes

MONTGOMERY, OH (FOX19) - The Weather Amateur Radio Network held a "Weather Spotters Class" Friday to educate and train people to be severe weather reporters.

"We saw an up tick in registrations after the March 2nd tornado outbreaks," said Mike Nie, the Public Information Officer for W.A.R.N., "We got up to a point where 160 people are registered which is almost double what our normal attendance is."

The teacher for the class was Mary Joe Parker of the National Weather Service.

"We use that information along with our technology such as Doppler Radar to either confirm warnings we've issued or to issue warnings, said Parker, "These spotters are really vitally important in the warning process and they really do help save lives."

The people who attended were impressed.

"The class is great," said David Helton, "This is the second time I've been through it and the information's good so it's really enjoyable."

Jim Martin attended not knowing what to expect.

"It's pretty enjoyable," said Martin, "It's the first time I've been and it brings it all together when you're out in the weather. It's good information here to tie it all together".

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