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Free “Storm Spotters” Class On Dec. 12 At Emergency Operations Center

| December 6, 2016

Learn to read the clouds. (John Cooke)

Learn to read the clouds. (John Cooke)

Flagler County Emergency Services and the National Weather Service will host a free Skywarn Storm Spotter class.

The class will be taught by Angela Enyedi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, and it will cover everything from cloud formations to thunderstorm development to visual predictions. It will be held at 6 p.m. December 12 at the Emergency Operations Center located behind the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell.

Those who participate in the class are eligible to become volunteer storm spotters and assist Emergency Services and the National Weather Service by reporting potentially hazardous weather events.

While warnings for thunderstorms are only issued for hail and high winds, lightning is part of all storms and is the cause of more deaths in the United States than tornadoes and hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service.

Bob Pickering is Flagler County Emergency's weather specialist. (c FlaglerLive)

Bob Pickering is Flagler County Emergency’s weather specialist. (c FlaglerLive)

“This is a really important class because trained storm spotters serve as the local eyes of the National Weather Service,” said Bob Pickering, Flagler County Emergency Management Technician. “These reports from storm spotters mean that earlier warnings may be issued, which helps the entire community.”

Storm spotter classes are held infrequently because of the limited availability of meteorologists with the National Weather Service to come teach the class.

“This is a really good opportunity for those who are interested in taking the class,” said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. “It is good information, especially for those of here in Florida where we get a lot of lightning.”

Registration is required, and can be done by calling Pickering at 386-313-4250, or by email at

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