February 3, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---150 people joined StormTeam 12 meteorologist Adam Clark at Fort Discovery today for StormFEST 2007.
"I just really like weather and want to be a meteorologist and just show a real interest in it," said participant Justin Rectenwald.
Watch out Adam...Justin might just take over your job someday.
Justin was one of more than 100 Storm Spotters being certified at Fort Discovery.
"I'm interested in weather because it's always changing, and I like watching storms because I like seeing the lightning. It looks really cool," said Storm Spotter Caitlyn Gregory.
She's right...it is really cool.
These trained eyes now know which warning signs to alert local weather stations of...signs like high winds, flooding rains, and even funnel clouds.
Any one of these folks may just provide you with a life-saving heads up.
"The weather's a funny thing," said storm spotter Stephen Gobert. "With what happened in Florida, you never know. Just because it's never been hit doesn't mean it won't happen next week or tomorrow."
Perhaps no one realizes that more so than the professionals. However, their tools are technology-based, and therefore limited.
After all, radars can't see everything.
"Having people who are actually out there in the field actually observing what is going on is invaluable," said Georgia climatologist David Stooksbury.
"Especially it's wonderful to have a community that's willing to come out and do the training," said storm spotter Geoffrey Richards. "It's awesome. I think it's a wonderful experience."
News 12 was excited to put on this event. We want to thank guest speakers David Stooksbury, Hope Mizzell and Mike Proud; our sponsor, Rhinehart's; and of course, all of our storm spotters.