It's severe weather season in Alabama, and the National Weather Service is trying to get as many trained weather spotters as possible into the ranks.
And that includes those that are deaf or hard of hearing.
The weather service offices in Huntsville and Birmingham are teaming with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to offer a spotter training class tailored especially for those who have hearing challenges.
National Weather Service meteorologists Jennifer Saari and Holly Allen will be leading the training, which is scheduled for Thursday at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
We are proud to partner with AIDB (Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind) and ADRS (Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services) to help make these classes available and successful in Alabama. This has encouraged other NWS offices across the country to reach out to their local deaf and hard of hearing communities as well," Saari said.
Storm spotters are invaluable assets to the National Weather Service and emergency managers.