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      Training storm spotters for severe weather season

      Kirksville residents learned Wednesday evening how to be a big help for the upcoming severe weather season.

      The Kansas City Office of the National Weather Service held a storm spotter training class at Rehoboth Baptist Church.

      about 50 people learned about the different types of severe weather. Those included thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds and tornadoes.

      The NWS said storm spotters play a critical role when it comes to reporting severe weather in northeast Missouri.

      "Folks around here know the radar doesn't show everything we need it to show. We're too far from it to get a good view of the storms around here. The storm spotter reports help us to fill in the gaps between what we think is going on and what the radar is telling us. Without them, it would be a less effective warning program," said Andy Bailey of the National Weather Service Kansas City Office.

      Storm spotters are also the front line when it comes to getting the most up-to-date weather information.

      KTVO Chief Meteorologist Teresa Carter and Meteorologist Vanessa Alonso also attended the storm spotter class.

      Here is the link to a previous story on the importance of storm spotters in the Heartland.