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February 28, 2017

On Wednesday, April 5, Grey County is hosting an Environment Canada training session for amateur storm spotters at the Grey County Administration Building in Owen Sound from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CANWARN Storm Spotters provide valuable, real‑time, on-the-ground information during severe weather. Environment Canada is looking to recruit new volunteers and refresh existing volunteers in the area.

CANWARN volunteers share local weather details with the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. This information gives meteorologists a good sense of which storms may produce damaging weather like hail, flooding or even tornadoes, so Environment Canada can issue localized sever weather warnings.

Training will be led by Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist. Participants will learn about severe and non-severe thunderstorms, the types of damage they can produce, what to watch for in the sky and what to report to the Storm Prediction Centre.

Environment Canada holds a series of training sessions across the province each spring to refresh the knowledge of existing volunteers and to welcome new ones. The training is free to attend and lasts about 2.5 hours. No pre-registration is required.

For more information about the training, contact Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, at geoff.coulson@canada.ca.

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For media inquiries, contact Rob Hatten, Communications Manager, at robert.hatten@grey.ca or 519-372-0219 ext. 1235. 

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