Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Chris Strong describes how hail forms during the Basics I spotter training at the Washington Post in October, 2011. (Ian Livingston)

Are you a weather enthusiast? Now you can learn more about weather and share the latest from your neighborhood by joining the Capital Weather Gang’s Capital Weather Watchers program. If you missed our training two years ago, here’s another chance to attend!

We’re signing up people from across the D.C. area to help us tell our readers about weather events, news and conditions. To help you get started, we’re offering a chance to get SkyWarn Spotter training from National Weather Service (Sterling, Va.) warning coordination meteorologist Chris Strong at a special two-hour class at The Washington Post.

Spotters learn how to identify severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and flooding.

The free training will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, in the Post auditorium at 1150 15th St. NW, in downtown D.C. You must be 14 or older to attend.

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