BELTON — The National Weather Service will be in Belton for a free severe weather training session Saturday.

The SKYWARN storm spotter class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Belton New Tech High School cafeteria.

The class — for organized storm spotters and/or anyone with an interest in severe weather — is held in partnership with Bell County Emergency Management.

Pre-registration is not necessary. The class is part of a regional severe weather preparedness campaign, which will include spotter training sessions across 46 counties in North and Central Texas. Other classes in the region can be found on the full schedule

This year’s program discusses thunderstorm formation, ingredients and features associated with severe and non-severe storms. The program discusses severe weather ingredients by taking a close look at the meteorology behind the recent Canton, Texas, area tornado outbreak. Additionally, the program highlights severe weather safety and how you can report severe weather information back to local public safety officials.

“By coming to this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” said Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist-in-charge of the NWS Fort Worth office. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free sessions to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.”

The Bell County severe weather program is one of 46 training sessions that the Fort Worth NWS Office will conduct between January and March 2018, with a session in each county.

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