Bay County to host weather training

By: Bay County Commission
By: Bay County Commission

The National Weather Service, along with Bay County Emergency Management, will hold a training class aimed at teaching citizens to spot and report severe weather.

“Skywarn – Severe Storm Spotter Training” will be held Aug. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Gulf Coast Community College’s Student Union East Conference Center. The class will be repeated at the Parker Community Center at 1000 W. Park St., next door to Parker City Hall, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, and the training will cover the following:

An overview of the National Weather Service mission and methods
Information about the severe thunderstorms and the severe weather warning program
Basic meteorological principles
Severe storm spotting principles
Surveying of storm damage
Skywarn procedures and policies
After the training, volunteers may sign up to be Skywarn spotters and assist the National Weather Service and Emergency Management by relaying important information about imminent or occurring severe weather.

For more information, call Sid Busick at 784-6167 or Bob Goree at the National Weather Service at (850) 942-8833, or email Goree at

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