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Upcoming Meeting

October 10 at 1 PM at the Camden County EMA located at 12 VFW Road in Camdenton. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Visitors welcome!


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Training Opportunities

The US NWS out of Nashville, TN is hosting on online Advanced Spotter Training class. This training is normally for storm spotters, law enforcement, fire departments, and other first responders, however anyone is welcome to attend. Since we know some people do not have computers or internet access, we want to present the training at the Camden County EMA to allow more people to take part!

Here is the link to NWS’s event (for those who want to attend from home):
https://www.facebook.com/events/3364852386941669/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1600353450026612
WHAT: Advanced Storm Spotter Training Class by NWS Nashville
WHERE: Online. Register here: https://www.weather.gov/ohx/skywarn
And their description:
WHEN: Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
FREE! Only need to register at the above link.
This Advanced severe weather SKYWARN spotter training class is FREE and while all ages are welcome, ages 7/8 and above are suggested. In this Advanced class you’ll learn about:
Advanced weather concepts, including a 3-D look at the atmosphere
Instability versus Wind Shear
The “Why” of what you observe when storm spotting
Infrequently discussed radar concepts
Dual polarization Concepts

Please mark GOING on OUR event if you will be here in person, so the Camden County EMA will have a count of how many people will be in the building. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided. Click here to access our event reminder on Facebook.


From the L.A.S.S. Facebook Group:

Welcome to LASS (Lake Area Storm Spotters).

LASS is a place where everyone can get info on weather that is happening around the area. This group is for everyone from Meteorologist to someone just wanting to know what is happening around the area. We have started a group known as the LASS Mobile Spotters and we go out during severe weather and chase the storm as it leaves the lake area and report what we see to the Emergency Management and LASS. Everyone of the spotters has gone through many different training courses from the NWS in seat course to online courses. We are constantly keeping up with the latest training. We also have a Disaster Relief division where after a natural disaster has happen in the lake area the team will mobilize and go help the local victims with anything they may need. Post any kind of weather related picture or post. If we are in Severe Weather Mode then any and all post have to be of the storms in Missouri. Severe Weather Mode you can tell when we are in it because the group photo will change with what is happening. Any and all watches and warnings come straight from the NWS. BULLYING AND PUTTING SOMEONE DOWN WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! If you see something that you don’t think should belong please tag me in it (Eric Hoover) if the spotters are active I won’t get to it until after we have all made it home safely. When the spotters go active I won’t be able to answer questions due to my focus being on the safety of the spotters. If you have any questions feel free to ask at any time.

Feel free to add any and all of your friends and feel free to share LASS with anyone on your friends list.


L.A.S.S. also has a Facebook page which is updated each day with the weather from the NWS Springfield office and graphics for each season’s severe weather.

Here are their graphics from this year’s NWS Severe Weather Preparedness Week (courtesy of BC MO EM):


Here are some of the members:

  • Eric 00
  • Nick L1C
  • Rusty Lead 1
  • Bruce Lead 2
  • Beth 01
  • Teresa 03
  • Sam 04
  • Ann 05
  • JW 06
  • Mike 07
  • Dan 08
  • Jennie 11
  • Nita 12


Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a large hail or damaging wind identified by an NWS forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.


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