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Good Question: What is a weather spotter and how are they trained?

When severe weather is in the forecast you can count on TG keeping you informed with up to the minute information, but there are also other trained eyes looking out for you.

Good Question: What is a weather spotter and how are they trained?

Tracking severe weather is a science, for amateurs it's a dream!

Ron Malinowski is a banker by trade, but weather is his true hobby.

Malinowski says he was about 13 when he actually started weather observing, it was when his parents bought him his first weather station.

At his Georgetown home, Malinowski has quite the set up.

He has about $2,000 in equipment from radios to computers, all of it allows him to stay connected to the National Weather Service.

"The nice thing about storm spotting its just not tornadoes, its hail, its winter snowfall, reporting icing on limbs stuff like during summer when there is a drought," said Malinowski.

Malinowski is a certified weather spotter, anyone can do the same through free courses offered each year by Emergency Management Offices in different counties.

Its a job he takes seriously.

With what he sees and hears, coupled with the National Weather Service it can be life saving.

"its really important for every house to have a weather radio, once we get that report in and its validated they can get that warning out to notify everybody," said Malinowski.

While he prefers most days to be calm, Ron Malinowski will always have one eye to the sky.

"We normally don't like to see dangerous conditions where life or property get damaged, but its still really interesting to see nature do its thing."

The Frankfort / Franklin Co. Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will be hosting a severe weather spotters course in Frankfort on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00pm.

The class is free and open to the public. Registration is NOT required.

For additional information please visit: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lmk/?n=spottertraining


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