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11:48 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-When severe weather hits, some of the best information comes from trained people on the ground, called weather spotters.

Thursday night, ore than 400 people filled Grandville Middle School to become weather spotters. They learned how to identify cloud formations and weather patterns, as well as what to do when severe weather moves into the area.

"Our best source of information is people's eyes and ears," says Jack Stewart, the emergency management coordinator for Kent County.

"Eyes on the sky can sometime see what radar can't see, and that's very important," adds Beth Thomas, the director of emergency services for Ottawa County.

When their training is finished, the new weather spotters will be part of the Sky Warn program for Kent County and Ottawa County, which works with the National Weather Center.

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