County offers free storm spotter classes


Weather forecasts are great, but when severe weather moves into our area, the National Weather Service relies on trained weather spotters to help keep them abreast of developing trends and situations. Weather radar is an excellent tool, but it only tells part of the storm’s story. Combining radar data with observations from trained observers gives the best possible picture of severe storms.

The National Weather Service, in partnership with the Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management, will present a free severe weather program on Monday, March 4 at 7:00pm in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

The classes will be taught by Barry Gooden, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “This informative class will focus on how to spot dangerous weather, particularly tornadoes and severe thunderstorm conditions,” said Greg Swanson, Gwinnett Emergency Management director. “Participants will learn what a severe storm is, the structure of a severe storm, how it develops, and how to inform the National Weather Service of severe weather.” Even if you don’t want to become an active storm spotter, you will learn about how storms work and the visual clues to identify severe storms in your area. Pre-registration is requested to reserve a space; call 770.513.5600 or email ema@gwinnettcounty.com to register.