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Webster County Emergency Management Coordinator Dylan Hagen stands next to the tornado siren in the Fort Dodge Municipal Building area in March 2021.

A free storm-watching course will be held next month for anyone interested in learning more about severe weather.

Webster County Emergency Management Coordinator Dylan Hagen said the course is an introduction to identifying and reporting severe weather.

“They will talk about how to identify and report severe weather, observer safety information, how to identify severe weather differences, thunderstorm structure, climatology, it will not be only a kind of brief overview.” he said.

Hagen said they hold this course at Fort Dodge once a year.

The course is organized in partnership with the National Weather Service of Des Moines. The course is open to both beginners and seasoned storm watchers.

In addition to the Beginner’s Storm Spotting Course, the National Weather Service also offers an Advanced Storm Spotting Course for anyone who wants to learn more after the Beginner’s Course.

The course description indicates that the advanced course is for “those who wish to deepen their understanding of mesoscale and storm-scale meteorology as it relates to storm detection.”

Virtual storm spotting courses are also available for those unable to take the course in person. Both virtual and in-person classes are free.

The Fort Dodge class will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on March 31 in the auditorium of the Biosciences and Health Sciences building at Iowa Central Community College.

Classes are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and no pre-registration is required. More in-person classes will be offered in other counties. The full schedule is available at For any questions, contact Hagen at 515-573-1403 or email [email protected]

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What: Storm Watching Course

When: 6 p.m. on March 31

Where: Biosciences and Health Sciences Building, Iowa Central Community College

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