Officials calling for residents to become storm-spotters

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    GREENFIELD — Hancock County Emergency Management and Hancock Amateur Radio Club are sponsoring a severe weather spotter training this week.

    Those who attend will also learn what information should be reported to the National Weather Service, how to report it and basic weather safety.

    The class, taught by a National Weather Service meteorologist, gives participants the tools needed to decipher cloud formations, track wind speeds, lightning and hail.

    Trained storm-spotters then report severe weather to the National Weather Service through amateur radio, phone or social media, making them a vital part in the warning process.

    The class starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ninestar Connect, 2243 E. Main St., Greenfield.

    There is no cost to attend the training, and it’s open to anyone interested in learning more about severe weather-spotting. It’s expected to last about two hours.

    The National Weather Service trains about 1,000 spotters each year.

    For more information about the training can be found at the National Weather Service website or by contacting Hancock County Emergency Management at 317-477-1188.

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    Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or