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Salina Storm Session 2.0

Todd Pittenger - April 6, 2016 9:34 pm

About 100 weather enthusiasts gathered in Salina Wednesday evening to learn about the science behind severe weather.

National Weather Service meteorologists Robb Lawson, Kevin Darmofal, and Chris Jakub presented a special advanced storm spotter training event. The advanced spotter presentations, which are much more in-depth than the basic spotter classes, are a rare event not offered annually. The last time one was offered in Salina was about 5 years ago.

Lawson told KSAL News that the advanced sessions are very science-based. They explore the science that creates severe weather, the science that goes into creating a forecast, and the science into predicting when and where severe weather will develop.

The multi-media presentation included looking at the science that contributed to specific severe weather events, including the May 4th, 2007 tornado that destroyed 95 percent of the community of Greensburg, Kansas.

Like the basic session, the advanced sessions are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

Among those attending Wednesday night in Salina were storm spotters, law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and curious citizens. Several members of the KSAL Storm Team were at the event

A couple of more advanced spotter sessions will be offered by the Wichita National Weather Service office.

  • Thursday 4-7  6:30 pm Hutchinson / Hutchinson Community College
  • Thursday 4-14  6:30 pm Cowley County / Cowley Cinema 8


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