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      Want to be a weather spotter? SKYWARN training Saturday

      The NWS will conduct a SKYWARN training on Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital

      Spring weather and the threat of severe storms are right around the corner, and the National Weather Service is looking for spotters.

      The NWS will conduct a SKYWARN training on Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital to teach interested area residents how they can help spot severe weather by operating radios.

      For many years, ham operators have played a vital role in the SKYWARN program by relaying critical, life-saving information to the NWS. Saturday's training will cover how to identify severe weather, how to report severe weather to the NWS, and aspects of weather safety.

      First responders and amateur radio operators are encouraged to attend. Previously trained spotters can also attend to renew their skills.

      The two-hour training event is free and open to the public. It is being held at St. Luke's Hospital, 5901 Monclova Road, Maumee, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

      SKYWARN is a volunteer program open to anyone with interest in weather. No special equipment is required to participate.