The National Weather Service bureau in Gaylord will conduct training sessions this spring for people who would like to provide early word of approaching tornadoes or other severe storms in northern Michigan.
The "Skywarn" courses are free of charge and usually last about 90 minutes. Pre-registration is not required.
The programs teach how to become a spotter and provide information on tornado development, thunderstorm hazards, safety and preparedness. They also show how to submit reports to the weather service.
Each participant is given an official Skywarn Spotter guide booklet, a laminated National Weather Service spotter card, and information on several online spotter networks.
The first workshop will be March 11 in Standish and last one will be May 2 in Roscommon.