By Aila Boyd

The Botetourt County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) held a free informative presentation called Skywarn: Storm Spotting and Weather Safety last Tuesday at the Greenfield Education Center in Daleville.

It was billed as being for anyone interested in weather or becoming an official storm spotter. Phil Hysell, warning coordination meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, led the evening.

Members of the community, in addition to meteorology students from Virginia Tech, attended the presentation. Hysell noted that Virginia Tech was the first university in the state to be recognized as a StormReady University when it achieved that status in 2010.

Those who stayed for the entire two hours received a Spotter Certificate.

The presentation focused on the basics of thunderstorm development, the fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, what information should be reported and how to report it, and the basics of severe weather safety.

At the beginning of his presentation, Hysell noted that…

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