(WBNG) -- The National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Binghamton is hosting their first winter weather Skywarn Spotter course on Oct. 16.
Everyone is invited to attend the free online class and upon completion join the coalition of spotters who provide critical information to the NWS.
Trained weather spotters are an essential asset during the winter months due to the lack of observation sites in our region that report snowfall.
The NWS office in Binghamton forecasts for 24 counties across New York and Pennsylvania yet there are only three locations (Binghamton, Syracuse, Scranton) where snowfall measurements are officially made. This leads to huge gaps in data. Skywarn Spotters help alleviate some of the unknown.
If you are interested in signing up for a Skywarn Spotter course then follow this link.
More classes are available at later dates in the month of October. The final Skywarn Spotter course will be on Nov. 8.