Learning to read the clouds


May 18, 2023

Grace Moore

Meteorologist Jon Chamberlain interacts with his audience as he talks about tornadoes.

Meteorologist Jon Chamberlain of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Rapid City, SD presented a crash course last week on reading cloud formations to determine the severity of storms before they arrive and whether they carry rain, hail and/or the possibility of tornadoes.

Chamberlain introduced pictures and short videos from around the area to demonstrate real situations and the conditions above us that create funnels (possible beginnings of tornadoes before they touch ground) and so much more.

This class introduced people to spotter training for the NWS: volunteers who may call in adve...

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