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Storm spotter class held at LSUA

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The National Weather Service in Lake Charles held a Skywarn storm spotter training at LSUA today.

The class teaches residents what to look for up above during severe weather. Certain cloud features can foreshadow impending dangerous weather situations. Residents are also instructed how to properly report what they see - because storm spotters on the ground play a very important role when it comes to issuing severe weather warnings.

"Well you know we have a lot of technology as meteorologists whether it's satellite or whether it's weather radar, but getting ground truth reports really helps verify what we're seeing with our fancy equipment, and so the more people that are out there reporting the weather back to us the better it helps us kind of put weather picture full circle for us," said Meteorologist Roger Erickson.

The class lasts a couple of hours and currently lists nearly 290,000 trained volunteer spotters.

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