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Weather Service trains local ‘storm spotters’
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jul 18, 2013 | 1618 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A closer look at this photo reveals a truck under this tree that fell as the result of a March 2007 tornado that touched down in Jones County.
A closer look at this photo reveals a truck under this tree that fell as the result of a March 2007 tornado that touched down in Jones County.
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A group of about 30 Jones County first responders and employees took a weather class last week and learned how to help identify dangerous conditions.

National Weather Service meteorologist Barry Gooden was at the county’s Emergency Management office July 9 and talked about the importance of community weather spotters in forecasting tornados and severe weather storms.

Gooden works out of Peachtree City and travels the state teaching classes about weather. He said the number one lesson to learn in being a weather spotter is not to be a storm chaser.

The speaker explained that weather spotters report their weather conditions to the NWS to give meteorologists sitting in the office information about what they are seeing on the ground in their community.

The meteorologists have access to data from Doppler radar, satellites, and surface weather stations but their instruments are showing them what is in the air. “Knowing what is actually happening on the ground is invaluable to those making what could be life-saving decisions,” Gooden said.

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