Facebook, Twitter “chats” to supplement SKYWARN spotter training

204 people attended SKYWARN spotter training at Columbia City High School Feb. 18. (NWS photo)

The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service (NWS) will supplement live spotter training sessions with online “chats” via Facebook and Twitter, following the schedule below. NWS is accepting questions in advance via a form on its website. It will also accept questions posted on its Facebook page and sent via Twitter. Tweeted questions should include “@NWSIWX” in the tweet.

Although NWS will post answers during the times specified below, you can read the answers by visiting the office’s Facebook and/or Twitter pages at your convenience. You don’t need a Facebook account or a Twitter account to read the answers, because both the Facebook page and Twitter page are viewable by the public. You do need a Facebook, account, however, if you wish to post questions via Facebook and you need a Twitter account if you wish to post questions via Twitter.

Here’s the schedule (all times are ET):

Date Time Type
Feb. 19 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Facebook discussion
Feb. 26 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Twitter discussion (Tweet up)
March 4 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Facebook discussion
March 11 4 p.m. – 6 pm. Twitter discussion (Tweet up)
March 18 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Facebook discussion
March 25 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Twitter discussion (Tweet up)

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