The National Weather Service has scheduled a training session tonight in Metairie for people interested in becoming volunteer storm spotters.
Freddie Zeigler, Senior Forecaster with the weather service office in Slidell, says the main responsibility of a storm spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms.
"That information is used actually to verify if a storm is severe or not," Zeigler said.
The training session is part of the weather service's SKYWARN program.
"They will be taught, actually, it's about a one-hour to two-hour presentation and it actually goes through different parts of identifying severe weather," Zeigler pointed out.
Zeigler says storm spotters do an important job for the weather service.
"A lot of times they are the first ones to tell us, 'Hey, we've got a tornado...I can see it, I can see it in the lightning. Yeah, we've got something right there," Zeigler said.
The training session will be held from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue, in Metairie.
Pre-registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome.