Weather spotting class full in Reidsville

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- A Piedmont weather spotting class was full Thursday night as volunteers wished to get certification to help others during severe weather situations.

A Skywarn class was held in Reidsville. It teaches people exactly how to tell the difference between funnel clouds and other types of storms.

While radars are the primary tool help meteorologists warn the public of possibly dangerous activity, weather spotters can tell meteorologists exactly what is happening on the ground.

The "trained weather spotters" you sometimes hear mentioned during severe weather warnings have gone through the Skywarn program.

Many Skywarn spotters are also ham radio operators who report to National Weather Service offices in Raleigh, Blacksburg, Va. and Greenville, S.C.