National Weather Service offered storm spotting class

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:15pm

Mother Nature is completely unpredictable and that's what 15-year-old Joseph Fleeger finds so fascinating about it.

"Nature can be so powerful and it can destroy even just a house or tumble a car miles," Fleeger said.

So in an effort to better understand the inner-workings of a storm, Joseph and his dad came to the National Weather Service's 2013 Skywarn Spotter Training class.

"This is actually my third year here," said Fleeger. "My dad talked me into it the first year and I just loved it."

Meteorologist Dan Reilly says the three hour class is important in a number of ways. Not only does it better prepare people to stay safe for when severe weather hits but it also gives the National Weather Service another pair of trained eyes to help spot out storms.

"We don't have eyes in Bryan or Brazos County or those areas and so we need that ground truth," Reilly said. "You know the radar has gaps in what we can learn from it and so the spotters fill that information gap in."

Now that Joseph is trained on how to spot a funnel cloud or predict the direction a storm is moving, he hopes to put his knowledge to the test.

"I'm hoping to but I don't think my dad will be very happy with that," he jokes. 

Ok, well maybe he can in a couple of years once he's older.

To learn more about sky-warn training and when the next class is, click here.

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