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Oakland County 2014 Skywarn Spotter Training Classes “Volunteers Needed to Serve as Lookouts for Severe Weather”

Public Date: 1/29/2014 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048


Skywarn 2014 Class Schedule and Map​

Waterford, Michigan -- The Oakland County Homeland Security Division announced today its schedule of seven Skywarn spotter training classes which will commence on Monday February 24 and culminate on Monday April 7, 2014.

“Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.  As a Skywarn spotter you can have an impact on protecting human life and property by warning people in advance of approaching tornadoes or severe thunderstorms,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “Despite all the sophisticated weather radar equipment, there is only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel cloud with complete certainty--the human eye.”

Skywarn training is open to fire, police, EMS technicians, security officers, volunteers and anyone with an interest in serving as the “eyes” for approaching severe weather. During the two hour classes, participants will learn the procedures for spotting and reporting tornadoes and strong storms with high winds and potentially damaging hail. Instruction will also encompass the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, what features to look for and where to find them.

For more information on the FREE Skywarn classes, please go to and click on the Skywarn logo to register or call (248) 858-5300.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at (248) 858-1048.