Thursday evening 3 of us departed Bristol to head to Marlborough. Shortly after we arrived at the fire station we were joined by 2 friends, making for a total of 5 Bristol CERT members present to take the Skywarn Spotter Training offered by the National Weather Service. In all there were 50+ people taking this class which results in being given an official spotter number to help the NWS gather data about weather conditions.
This 3 hour session covered various signs of severe weather to look for and report on. We also were instructed not to report on “severe lightning” or “sand sized hail” falling from the sky. The class was jam packed with information and while it likely is more than can be absorbed in one sitting we were pointed to where refresher training could be taken on the web and also had handouts to take home too. All in all I’d recommend this class to anyone interested in learning more about the weather. Bill Babcock did an excellent job teaching this material to us. He kept things interested and multiple people were heard congratulating him on a class well taught. Look for more information at the www.skywarn.org website.