Lubbock NWS hosts SKYWARN volunteer program training in Levellan - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock NWS hosts SKYWARN volunteer program training in Levelland

Source: Ashlyn Tubbs Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
Source: Ashlyn Tubbs Source: Ashlyn Tubbs
LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) -

The National Weather Service in Lubbock wants to make sure the South Plains knows when cloud formations turn dangerous.

Jenn Daniel, a meteorologist at WFO Lubbock, traveled to Levelland Monday evening to train citizens how to report weather threats.

It's their annual SKYWARN spotter training, used to teach citizens about storm watching basics. There are about 400,000 of these SKYWARN volunteers across the nation who work with the National Weather Service and submit tips.

Volunteers include firefighters, police, paramedics, and members of the general public.

The National Weather Service Office in Lubbock monitors 24 counties across the South Plains. SKYWARN volunteers in those counties help confirm what they see on the radar.

It's even more helpful when these volunteers can identify dangerous cloud formations.

"One way to tell a difference between a shelf cloud and a funnel or a tornado is a shelf cloud is not going to be rotating," Daniel said. "It's going to be pointing away from the storm and moving away from the storm."

To learn more about this volunteer program, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/

For a schedule of SKYWARN trainings on the South Plains, visit http://www.weather.gov/lub/skywarn-2017-schedule

To learn more about dangerous storm features, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/tornado/resources/ttl6-10.pdf

"Just make sure that you're safe this storm season," Daniel said. "The weather can do crazy things here on the South Plains."

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