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Weather bugs invited to course

NATCHEZ — Those fascinated by the bangs, flashes, whips and whirls of Mother Nature can attend a course Saturday to better understand her wrath.

The Jackson office of the National Weather Service is presenting free a Storm Spotters course at the Adams County Sheriff’s Shooting Range.

The courses are the perfect opportunity for anyone who has “that weather bug in them,” Civil Defense Manager Stan Owens said.

A beginner’s course is set for 10 a.m. and an advanced course is set for 1 p.m.

Owens said the courses will examine how tornadoes form, identify different types of storm cells and touch on the inner workings a various severe weather events.

Some who usually attend the course are simply fascinated by the wrath of Mother Nature, and, others cling to the knowledge to educate themselves as a defense against their fear of severe weather, Owens said.

Owens said the advanced class requires its attendees to have taken the basic class at one point. Those who attend the basic class that morning are welcome to attend the advanced class at 1 p.m.

The class will still be interesting for those who have attended in the past, Owens said.

“The NWS constantly updates the basic training class so I encourage all to ‘freshen’ up by attending,” Owens said.

Owens said he is excited that the NWS is hosting the advanced class in Natchez for the first time.

A meteorologist from the NWS in Jackson will host the event, which is offered to counties who request it.

Owens said he has requested the service come to Natchez every year since he became civil defense director.

People from surrounding counties as well as Concordia Paris are invited as well.

“We won’t turn anyone away at the door,” Owens said.

Owens said the NWS can use the help of attendees after the course to act as additional sets of eyes on the ground during severe weather events.

Owens said a small network of storm spotters exists in Natchez-Adams County that he and the NWS consistency use as resources.

Owens said the course arrives just in time for a busy spring weather season.

Adams County Emergency Management is hosting the event at 200 Foster Mound Road. Those who plan to attend should call EMA at 601-442-7021.

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