RIGBY − Weather Spotter training will be available at the Jefferson County Courthouse on April 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

According to a press release from the National Weather Service, training includes definitions and climatology of severe weather, cloud and storm recognition, storm hazards and safety tips, weather reporting protocol, as well as a look at known severe weather events.

Alex DeSmet, Meteorologist with the Pocatello National Weather Service will be in attendance.

“Across eastern Idaho, over 850 volunteer weather spotters and cooperative observers have provided valuable weather reports which are fundamental in helping the NWS to protect life and property,” the release read. “Forecasts are often based on observer data, and warnings for severe weather have been issued based on timely, reliable information received from our trained volunteer spotters.”

According to the press release, training is free and anyone interested can attend.

The Jefferson County Courthouse is located at 210 Courthouse Way in Rigby.

For more information about the NWS spotter program, visit their website at http://www.skywarn.org/ or check out the national severe weather awareness Web page at http://weather.gov/om/severeweather/index.shtml