PITTSBURG — The community has an opportunity to learn how to spot tornadoes and other severe weather at a weather spotter training set for Wednesday.

The training will be at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium and is open to both emergency personnel and the public.

“It gives everybody training on severe weather we have during the springtime,” Crawford County Emergency Manager Jason Vanbecelaere said.

He said a Springfield National Weather Service meteorologist will share what they expect the forecast to be during this season.

“It gives the first responders a heads up,” Vanbecelaere said.

Included in this year’s weather spotter training is information on fire weather danger, a recent issue in the area because it has been so dry, Vanbecelaere said.

The training includes the explanation on what the severe weather terms mean — including outlook, watch, advisory or warning and how to determine the different characteristics seen in storms and when to report based on these identifiers.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.