Become a valuable resource for your community by watching the weather

Become a valuable resource for your community by watching the weather
January 18, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The National Weather Service (NWS) relies on a number of devices to detect severe thunderstorms, including radar, satellite and lightning detection networks. But the most important tool for observing severe weather is a trained weather spotter. Benedictine University will host a NWS Basic Weather Spotter Class from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room on the University’s Lisle campus. The seminar is free and open to the public. Real-time observations of tornadoes, hail, wind and significant cloud formations provide a reliable information base for severe weather detection and verification. Weather spotters assist NWS staff in their warning decisions and enable the NWS to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property. The NWS trains people to identify severe storms and tornadoes and report them via organized communication networks such as local and county emergency management, law enforcement and amateur radio. Training consists of a slide and video program which teaches spotters about severe storm structure, how to identify cloud features and other environmental clues. Some spotters are “mobile” in vehicles, but most spot from fixed, strategic locations around the community such as schools, hospitals, retirement facilities and other locations where people may be at immediate risk from severe weather.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.