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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weather spotters to be trained for La Niña

With a La Niña weather pattern expected to wallop the Northwest with a harsh, snowy winter, the City of Bellevue will help train weather spotters to report storms before they hit.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Bellevue's Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, will host a "SKYWARN" training for 70 emergency managers, Eastside volunteers, businesses and first responders. (All spaces are taken.)

Ted Buehner, warning coordination meteorologist with the Weather Service's Seattle office, will train new and veteran weather spotters on how to look for and report significant event-driven weather incidents. Training will include video demonstrations and discussions. 

The National Weather Service established SKYWARN to collect reports of severe storms, with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters nationwide. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the Weather Service.

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