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NWS hosts weather spotting course

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: NWS hosts weather spotting course
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LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- When it comes to winter storms or severe weather in the region, forecasting can be tricky. Often, meteorologists rely on viewers for their help.

On Wednesday, members of the National Weather Service hosted a weather spotter class at the Liverpool Fire Department. The class featured two different portions. It teaches people how to spot winter weather hazards and storm, and to accurately measure snowfall.

According to meteorologists, they still rely on reports from people's own backyards despite having million dollar radars.

"We need the reports. People assume that we know what's happening, and that's not the case. Take a look in your backyard right now, it's vastly different than other locations. Some places here in central new york just have green grass, others have feet of snow just now. We need to know that information," said Erik Heden, National Weather Service meteorologist.

More sessions will be held if you're interested in becoming a weather spotter. Head to www.weather.gov for more information.

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