National Weather Service, emergency managers organize storm spotter training
By Bryan Painter
NORMAN, Okla. — Respect the storm. That's the core message National Weather Service forecasters will convey during storm spotter training sessions this month through March.
"Definitely the most important thing is respecting the storms," said Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist. "People see lots of tornado video on cable and things are dramatized and made to look exciting and cool, but it's not a television show, it's not a video game, it's real. You have to understand that and know how to be safe."