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Severe Weather Spotter Training: Groups living in the Midlands of South Carolina and Central Savannah River Area are encouraged to host a SevereWeather Spotter Training seminar. The seminar is taught by Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steve Naglic and covers topics like tornado identification and severe storm thresholds. Contact Steve at for information.

Group Tours: Groups are welcome to tour the Weather Service Forecast Office located in West Columbia, SC. Tours are available between the hours of 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule a tour, send an email to

Outreach team: The outreach team is available for talks at schools and other civic organizations. For more information, send an email to

Whirlwind Disaster: 
Where do these monster storms we call hurricanes come from?  Why do they always form near the equator and only during certain times of the year?  How do they come to be so organized and so destructive?  You can find answers to these questions and play an exciting hurricane word game called "Whirlwind Disaster" at the SciJinks Weather Laboratory Web site.  SciJinks targets young people of middle school age.  It is a joint effort of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The new "How does a hurricane form?" page and accompanying interactive game can be found in the How & Why menu on the SciJinks Weather Laboratory home page,