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Gwinnett Offering 'Storm Spotter' Class on March 4

The National Weather Service is teaming with the county to inform and recruit severe weather observers.

Attention, Peachtree Corners storm chasers and severe weather aficionados. Gwinnett County and the National Weather Service want you.

The county and the National Weather Service are teaming to offer a free "storm spotter" class on Monday, March 4. The class will be at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, according to a county newsletter. The class is free.

The class 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," Greg Swanson, Gwinnett Emergency Management director, said in the announcement.

"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."

When severe weather moves into Gwinnett, the National Weather Service relies on trained weather spotters to keep them informed of developing trends and situations. Combining radar data with trained observers' information gives the best possible picture of severe storms, the announcement said.

Even if you don't want to become a "storm spotter," you can learn about how storms work and visual clues to identify severe storms in Gwinnett and your area.

Pre-registration is requested to reserve a space; call 770.513.5600 or email ema@gwinnettcounty.com to register.

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