CHEEKTOWAGA — A series of virtual training sessions will help people become weather spotters.

SKYWARN is a nationwide network of spotters who report severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Anybody can join and there is no charge for the training.

The basic training session provides an overview of the National Weather Service, the equipment it uses — including capabilities and limitations —and basic severe weather meteorology, such as how thunderstorms, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes form.

Fall training covers winter storms, lake effect snow, measuring snow, reporting to the NWS, and winter weather safety. Training sessions last about two hours.

Online training sessions will include 11 a.m. Oct. 25; 7 p.m. Nov. 2; 7 p.m. Nov. 16; and 7 p.m. Dec. 1. All sessions cover the same material.

Contact Mike Fries at or Jon Hitchcock at for more information.

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