Storm spotter training moving to OSDSS – Ontario News

Storm spotter training moving to OSDSS – Ontario News


Skies just got sunnier for budding storm spotters who want to learn how to be Environment Canada’s eyes on the ground.

Environment Canada’s free, CANWARN Storm Spotter training has been moved to a bigger venue, for a second time, to the former West Hill Secondary School, renamed Owen Sound District Secondary School, which can hold 280 people.

The event on April 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. can be booked online through a link at the bottom of Grey County’s website. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

“Now even more weather enthusiasts will have a chance to participate,” county communications officer Rob Hatten said in a news release. The release was issued to notify current registrants about the venue change, and alert anyone who still wanted tickets that there are still some available.

CANWARN (Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network) volunteers share local weather details with the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. The information gives meteorologists a good sense of which storms may produce damaging weather like hail, flooding or event tornadoes, the release said.

Environment Canada holds training sessions across the province each spring to both refresh the knowledge of existing volunteers and recruit new ones.

The event was already moved once due to lack of space. Initially it was to have been held at the Grey County administration building but was moved to bigger space at Quality Inn in Owen Sound before now being moved to the high school. 

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