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Severe Weather Spotter Class Held in Salem Thursday

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

About 60 people attended a severe weather spotter class held at the Marion County Fairgrounds Exhibit building Thursday night.  National Weather Service at St. Louis Forecaster Mark Britt says it's hard to predict if this spring will be a bad one for severe weather.   

"We've had a constant roller coaster of temperatures.  We're just not seeing the precipitation; that was the left over effects of the drought.  We've noticed here within the past couple of weeks that the pattern seems to be changing just a bit and we're starting to see more precipitation", said Britt.

While Britt says there are no real strong indication that the drought pattern that hit the area last summer will continue, there is nothing in the weather pattern that would rule out the possibility either.   Britt outlined the type of thunderstorms that can spawn severe weather.   

He notes in addition to tornadoes, squall lines have produced winds of over 100 miles per hour on occasion.  Britt noted the importance of spotters in confirming on the ground what they are seeing on radar.  He pursued meteorology as a career after becoming fascinated with the weather growing up on a farm two miles east of Patoka.  

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