One sure sign that severe weather season is here: the Storm Spotter Training Class for Lyon County, filling the Bowyer Community Building with about 120 people in attendance.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has been traveling across the region, hosting these classes over the past few weeks. The class provides information to residents of Lyon and surrounding counties who are interested in learning more about severe weather, and the associated dangers.
NWS meteorologist Kris Sanders says turnout for most of these classes has been heavy, citing last year's significant weather events. Sanders says this year's class focused less on the technical standpoint, and more on preparedness, especially regarding multiple ways of receiving information.
The Urschel family -- Bruce, Holly, and Joscelyn -- attended the class. Bruce Urschel has been a storm spotter for KVOE for many years, and said it's always good to keep up on new information. 10-year old Holly Urschel says she recommends it.
Sanders said it's too early to predict this season's severe weather, and conditions could swing fifty-fifty.