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Skywarn Storm Spotter Training will be held at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office June 10.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - A storm spotter training is set from Monday, June 10, at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes County sheriff offices' emergency management, will host three Skywarn Storm Spotter Training events June 10 and 11.

The trainings are intended to educate the public on how to observe and report all forms of hazardous weather, including tornadoes, hail, flooding, winter weather and more.

The first Skywarn Storm Spotter Training will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 675 NW Cherry Lane, in Madras, followed at 6 p.m. by the Bend event, at 61150 SE 27th St., in Bend. The Crook County event will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Crook County SAR building at 1280 S. Main St., in Prineville.

Storm spotters are a critical part of the warning decision process, supplying ground truth reports of dangerous weather to the National Weather Service. The information is crucial during severe weather episodes.

Parts of Central Oregon have limited radar coverage, so a pool of devoted storm spotters is vital for the National Weather Service to effectively provide lifesaving warnings when severe weather strikes.

The public is invited to attend the June 10 and 11 training sessions to learn how to become a crucial part of making the public aware of the weather hazards that are common to Central Oregon.

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