Weather
12:15 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

National Weather Service Is Looking For Storm Spotters

May 19 tornado near Harper and Kingman county lines.
May 19 tornado near Harper and Kingman county lines.
Credit Niccolò Ubalducci Photographer / flickr Creative Commons

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Kansas, the National Weather Service is offering a storm spotter training class Tuesday night in Wichita.

Spring is the most active tornado season in Kansas.

According to the National Weather Service, 359 people have been killed by tornadoes in Sedgwick County since 1950, the second highest total in the state. Only Shawnee County has a higher total with 528 deaths.

Severe weather detection relies on Doppler radar and other technologies, but storm spotters are needed to report tornado sightings.

At the storm spotter training class, attendees will be taught the basics of thunderstorm development, how to report information and safety tips.

In April, the National Weather Service will offer an advanced class for those who want a little more knowledge of severe storm science.

Tuesday's training class is free and open to the public. The presentation is at Northwest High School in Wichita and starts at 6:30.