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Jan 20, 2014 7:02 AM by AP

Alexandria taught to watch the skies

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The National Weather Service is looking for reporters, and it's training community members through the SKYWARN program.

Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Roger Erickson presided at a recent seminar at LSU-Alexandria where he spoke about what to watch for when the sky darkens and the wind shifts.

The SKYWARN program has been around since the 1970s, and Erickson has been presenting seminars since the 1990s.

Each session is tailored to a specific area's weather needs.

A seminar in Oklahoma, for example, would be tornado heavy.

The seminar in Alexandria focused on flash floods, tornadoes and hail, The Town Talk reports.

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