Biergarten season at USSRC kicks off with Storm Spotter Training

Deadly EF-4 Tornado near Arab, AL on 4/27/2011 | Image: Wes Lyons & Matthew Pylant

Over the past few weeks, the weather has been a major part of our lives. From the devastation in south Alabama to the more recent storms in the Tennessee Valley, this is the time of year that weather comes to the forefront of our minds. As spring flowers get ready to bloom, so comes the annual SkyWarn Storm Spotter training classes held by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Once again, NWS Huntsville has partnered with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to host the annual free training event. This year the training will be held in the National Geographic Theater at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. The larger venue will fit more people and make it easier to hear and see the training content than previous years. The best news is the spotter class will be taking place inconjunction with the first Biergarten of the year!

Why is Storm Spotter Training Important?

The NWS has a network of trained spotters around the country. Those spotters provide invaluable information by giving immediate ground truth to what the weather is actually doing. That information helps forecasters save lives allowing them to issue accurate and timely warnings. This is where you can make a difference by attending a storm spotter training event. You will leave the training with knowledge of how thunderstorms develop and how to identify potential severe weather features. You will also get information on how to accurately report that information directly to the NWS as well as how to keep yourself safe when storms approach.

Event Details:

Image: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Biergarten
The 2019 season kicks off this Thursday with authentic German cuisine in a fun atmosphere featuring the Big German Band. A portion of food sales will be donated to North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations. 

Davidson Center for Space Exploration
Free Admission
Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 4:30pm to 7:30pm
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National Weather Service Huntsville SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class

National Geographic Theater at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration
No Registration Required
Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Additional information at