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Hardin County EMA hosting online storm spotter class on Nov. 12

Fall has arrived in Hardin County, and with that comes the fall-winter severe storm season.
The Hardin County Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service ask: Are you ready for whatever is in store? Do you have a severe weather plan at your home and your workplace?
Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado is possible?
Hardin County EMA Assistant Director Marilyn White adds another question: Do you want to help keep your community safe during severe weather?
“We have severe weather events fairly often, and having trained weather spotters in various places around the county is very important for the safety of everyone. Having someone who knows what to look for and can report it in a timely manner, to give a heads-up to what’s coming, can truly be the difference between life and death,” White said.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, the NWS of Memphis will discuss these and many other questions at a Skywarn storm spotter training webinar, as part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The program will be held in partnership with Hardin County Emergency Management, and White noted that anyone who is interested but does not have internet access can go to Hardin County Fire Department Station 12, at 90 Walnut St. in Savannah, where they will have access to the webinar.
To register for the webinar go to
The program will discuss thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms.
The webinar will also review tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and spotter operations.
The program will discuss recommended storm reporting procedures and safety when storms threaten.
The two-hour presentation features numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.
Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination meteorologist at the Memphis NWS Office, says the network of trained storm spotters plays an important role in Hardin County.
“We could not do our job as well as we do without storm spotters,” said Woodall. “Real-time reports from storm spotters play a huge role in our warnings. Radar and satellite are great tools, but they only tell us part of a storm’s story. The combination of spotter reports and electronic data gives us the best possible picture of the storms and what’s going on inside them.”
The webinar is free and open to everyone.

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