Detroit Evening Report: National Weather Service, Eastside Community Network co-host training session on winter hazards

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The National Weather Service and the Eastside Community Network are co-hosting a Winter & Flooding Skywarn presentation on Wednesday for those interested in learning more about identifying hazardous winter weather.

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Skywarn is a nationwide network of volunteer weather spotters who report to and are trained by NWS. These spotters report many forms of significant or severe weather, including severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, heavy snow and flooding.

Staff at each NWS Forecast Office are responsible for issuing local forecasts and Severe Weather Warning services for the county warning forecast area. Skywarn Spotters provide an invaluable service by sharing ground truth on the atmosphere NWS staff observe from advanced radars, satellites and reporting stations. 

Andrew Arnold of the National Weather Service’s Detroit office says attendees at the training event will learn how to take rain measurements, identify hazardous winter weather and see a weather balloon in action.

“Our plan is to discuss winter hazards, winter weather, a little bit about urban flooding and again ways to report incidents to the National Weather Service that involves snowfall or measurements or rainfall measurements,” he said.  

The training will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Stoudamire Wellness Hub, 4401 Conner St., Detroit.

To register for the event, visit,

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.