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Sheriff's Office hosts class for Storm Spotters

CONYERS -- Community residents who like to keep a "weather eye" open to changes in the atmosphere can become official "Storm Spotters" thanks to a class offered by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

The RCSO and Emergency Management Agency are hosting a "SkyWarn" Storm Spotter training class on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. The class will take place at the Sheriff's Office at 911 Chambers Drive, Conyers.

SkyWarn is a program of the National Weather Service used to improve severe storm warnings. Trained volunteers serve as Storm Spotters, passing on vital "ground truth" information to forecasters during times of severe weather. Storm Spotters become the eyes and ears not only for forecasters but for their community as well.

According to the Sheriff's Office, SkyWarn volunteers may come from all walks of life, but they generally have two things in common: an interest in the weather and an interest in serving their community.

Any person or organization can become a SkyWarn spotter but must first receive training from the National Weather Service. The classes last about two hours and provide information about storm safety, storm structure and recognition and what information to report to the NWS.

To register for the class, call Capt. Myra Pearrell at 770-278-8112 or email at myra.pearrell@rockdalecounty.org.