COPPERAS COVE — Staff members from the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth will conduct a SKYWARN severe weather program in Copperas Cove on Tuesday as part of its weather preparedness campaign to train storm spotters.

The program, which is free, will be at the Copperas Cove City Council chambers at 507 S. Main St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

The training also will be conducted in Bell County on Feb. 8 at the Belton Independent School District administration building cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 2014 program will discuss thunderstorm formation, ingredients and features associated with severe storms, said Mark Fox, warning coordination meteorologist at the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office.

The presentation also will review tornado formation and behavior and give some insight into why some storms produce tornadoes and some do not, Fox said.

“Once again, we have plenty of new material for the training session,” he said. “We will be showing the 2013 storms in detail, highlighting the subtle, yet important features.” The training also will discuss nonthreatening clues that may be mistaken for significant features as well as tips on what to do to stay safe when thunderstorms threaten.

The program also will discuss spotter operations and recommended reporting procedures.

The two-hour presentation will be in multimedia format, featuring numerous new pictures of storms, as well as new video from the 2013 severe storm season.

The Coryell and Bell County prepardness programs are among more than 60 weather training sessions the Fort Worth NWS Office will conduct between January and March.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth provides forecasts, warnings and weather services for 46 counties in north and north-central Texas.

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