Weather Spotter training season is upon us and severe weather caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To help identify what is out there, the National Weather Service established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You can go to the weather.gov web site for more information, sign up for online classes or take a locally weather spotter program. The next one coming up is March 15th Waupaca County Emergency Management will be hosting the training course from 6-8:00 pm in the Lower level of the Waupaca County Courthouse and the training is open to the public.