Storm Spotters class readies participants for severe weather season

The auditorium was full, so additional attendees were stationed in classrooms where they could still take part in the class.

Weather watchers from across the Tri-States converged on Quincy Monday night to begin the journey toward becoming official storm spotters.

Jim Kramper, the Warning Coordinator Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, gave the class Monday at John Wood Community College.

Each year, the NWS conducts these storm spotter training seminars as severe weather season approaches. Click here for a listing of any remaining dates.

Meteorologists study storms as they develop and identify the ones that are likely to become severe by tracking them using Doppler radar. However, more information is often needed to understand how the storms are actually behaving. That's where storm spotters play a vital role.

"There's a large number of people here in the Tri-States that are interested in weather and learning a little bit more about weather," Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon said. "I think with all of that, you know, dove tails into why we have a large turn out tonight." Simon also gave a presentation during the event.

Storm spotters must attend a class taught by NWS personnel and must be at least high school age to sign up. Following the class, each attendee can sign up to become an official storm spotter or they can renew their status.

Click here for the National Weather Service Weather Spotter's Field Guide.

Mike Cole, Tegan Orpet and Jeremy Ledford were on hand at the event to outline how the 7 Storm Team handles severe weather. They also reminded attendees to watch our KHQA News at Six daily to find out how to call in and win an Alert Works weather radio from County Market and how to log on and enter to win a weather radio online.

Monday's event was sponsored by KHQA, Country Financial , Hannibal Concrete Products and Tillitt Collision Center .Anthony Williams of Palmyra won a storm shelter from Hannibal Concrete Products at the class Monday night.