When severe weather strikes, tracking weather radar is enhanced by trained eyes on the ground.
That's what Skywarn trainer Nathan Heinert said of those hoping to become trained spotters.
The Memorial Day tornado in McKenzie County prompted the National Weather Service to train more Skywarn spotters among the growing population here, in Western North Dakota.
The emphasis of the class was based on different levels of weather alerts, how the weather prediction process works, what to look for when severe weather is a possibility and safety.
(Nathan Heinert, National Weather Service Bismarck) "We all know there's a lot larger population out here in western North Dakota which makes our SkyWarn spotters a lot more important to us. Specifically because the radar beam curves away from the earth and we need those eyes in the sky to tell us exactly what's going on. Spotter reports were actually responsible for helping us get the tornado warning out in a timely manner in Watford City.
Anyone can become a SkyWarn Spotter.
For more information visit weather.gov/bis.