Heading into the backcountry? Know how to spot a severe storm

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Heading out into the backcountry for a climb, ride, run or hike? Make sure you know how to spot a severe storm, so you can get out of harms way before it hits. "We have a community where people try to push themselves to the limit," said Rich Ochs, CEM, MEP, and Coordinator of Teton County Emergency Management. "For many, it is tough to say, 'we aren't going to make that climb or go out on the lake because of a dangerous weather situation.'" According to Ochs, the class will focus on thunderstorms, lightning safety. hail, microbursts and other local severe weather from an outdoorsman's perspective. They will also discuss forecasting, knowing your limitations, and assessing and mitigating risk. Videos and digital images from across Wyoming are shown during the training session to assist volunteers in correctly identifying important storm features. All course materials will be given to volunteers. Anyone who is a current weather spotter is encouraged to attend this session as a refresher. Weather spotters are an invaluable resource to the National Weather Service,” said Bill Murrell, spotter program coordinator at the Riverton NWS office. “Meteorologists at the NWS office in Riverton incorporate real-time information from trained spotters across western and central Wyoming in our warning-decision process. This information makes it easier to verify what type of weather is actually occurring throughout the area, which allows us to provide more detailed and accurate information to the public.” "It is free and it's usually pretty engaging. People come away really liking the class," added Ochs. The free, two-hour training class will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Teton County Emergency Operations Center, 3240 South Adams Canyon Drive. Ochs also provided some resources including the Teton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation plan , The USGS Earthquake Notification Service , and the Wyoming State Geological Survey . *Feature Photo: h/t Pixabay / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #whatshappening