TREMONT — National Weather Service Lincoln will again conduct its annual weather spotter class for Tazewell County on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria. The Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency will host.

Storm spotters are a vital part of the warning process — providing potentially life-saving information to their communities and surrounding locations. Storm spotters also provide critical data to NWS forecasters who use their reports to help issue warnings and update the public during severe weather events.

The class is suitable for all interest levels — from those newly interested in severe storm spotting to the veteran spotters in need of refresher training.

Cost: This is a free event. Class length: Please allow two to three hours.

Topics covered include:

• The Role of the Storm Spotter

• Thunderstorm development and features

• Types of Thunderstorms - especially those that impact Illinois

• Types of Tornadoes, Landspouts and Gustnadoes

• Non-tornadic severe weather

• Resources for Spotters

• Spotter Safety

• Effective Spotter reports