BEND, OR -- The National Weather Service is looking for a few good Central Oregon storm spotters. In the coming weeks, the NWS will hold free Skywarn Weather Spotter Trainings, which will give spotters the tools to determine the severity and potential dangers above. Dennis Hull with the National Weather Service told KBNW News these spotters help meteorologists with accurate, on the ground accounts of weather as it happens
"Of course, our radar does not extend down in to Central Oregon very well, so we really need to have spotters telling us what's happening, as far as severe winds, large hail, maybe dense fog in the wintertime."
Hull said training is all-inclusive, from the difference between a Watch and Warning, or the ingredients that impact Northwest Weather. Training will take place Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Madras, and then 6:30 p.m. at the Prineville Fire and Rescue training room. Weather Spotter Training will take place in Bend May 27th and Warm Spring May 28th.