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The National Weather Service offers free classes for citizens to become certified as an NWS Skywarn Storm Spotter. The class is open to all types of "students" - citizens, ham radio operators, police, fire EMS, medical staff, emergency managers and helps people recognize dangerous weather.

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The session is billed as "a great introduction to sever weather basics for anyone interested in weather. It teaches people how to recognize when a thunderstorm is severe and when funnels and tornadoes develop.

Skywarn Storm Spotters are required to renew their certification every two years. Registration is requested, and NWS says the same materials are used in all classes, which take place in two locations:

St. Croix County Government CenterCommunity Room, 1101 Carmichael Rd., Hudson, lower level

  • 6-10 p.m. April 17 and 23
  • 8 a.m.-noon May 16

Agriculture Service and Education Center Training Room, 1960 Eighth Ave., Baldwin, main level

  • 8 a.m.-noon April 20 and May 11

Click this link to learn more and find a registration form for the classes: www.stcroixaresraces.org/skywarn/spotter-classes.

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