There are newly-trained weather spotters in the area.
On Feb. 16, 28 people assembled at the Claiborne County Justice Center to receive training during a Storm Spotter Class with instructed Anthony Cavallucci of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Morristown. Some participants included students from Nancy Hager’s Criminal Justice class at Claiborne High School.
After completion of the two- to three-hour course, the participants were given certification and a card with a unique number allowing them to send electronic reports to the Storm Prediction Center.
This will assist the NWS to better predict the path or status of severe weather in and around the East Tennessee area.
According to David Breeding, director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Claiborne County provides this service at least once a year in order to keep its Storm Ready Program designation.
Lincoln Memorial University is planning another Storm Spotter class for their residence hall directors and assistants and campus police in September.
These courses are offered several times throughout the year in different communities and everyone is welcome to attend. The training is simply another tool that the weather service uses to help notify and protect the public from severe weather.