Area storm spotters prepare for severe weather season

By Chad Weber

March 5, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM CDT

EDWARDS, Ill. -- While the snow caused its share of trouble, a different type of weather pattern has a group in Central Illinois preparing for the worst.

Tuesday night, Peoria County's Emergency Management Agency held their annual weather spotter training.

More than 100 volunteers, fire fighters and law enforcement personnel participated in the severe weather refresher course. The volunteers are responsible for reporting weather patterns in the sky to the national weather service.

"It's very vital because the radar that we have, it won't go all the way to the ground," said Peoria County Emergency Management Agency Director Vicky Turner. "So therefore, these are the eyes that can see below what the radars are seeing. So they are very vital to us and it gives us a heads up ahead of time when the storm is coming."

It was Illinois severe weather preparedness week.

EMA Director Vicky Turner said the severe weather season usually begins in early March and runs through April or May.

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