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    Storm Spotter 2013

    March 1 is the first day of "meteorological spring". For IUEMC that means it's Storm Spotter season! With a class at IUPUI on March 19, let's talk about weather some more.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) offers, as part of the SKYWARN program, Storm Spotter classes across the country every year, mostly in the spring but some in the fall. We're promoting a class at IUPUI, IUB had one on March 1, and other campuses have held classes in the past. We do hope to have more across the state in the future. These classes are about two hours long, covering what you need to know to look at a cloud and determine if it's just rain, maybe hail, or maybe about to turn into a tornado. They also go into how to read radar, especially Doppler Radar, so you can identify the telltale indications of dangerous weather from the safety of your chair.

    The attached flyer is for the upcoming class at IUPUI, but there are more classes in central Indiana, as well as some online materials with some of the content from the class. If you are interested in attending the IUPUI class, please email uemctrng@iu.edu to reserve your seat in the March 19, 7-9pm session. Any and all are welcome, we've had students, faculty, staff, parents, high school students, retirees, and members of the community attend and we want to see that same variety again. The more people who know what to look for, the better protected we all are. It's free, and there are neat tornado videos tossed in, so join us!

    IUPUI Storm Spotter Flyer