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Weather spotter in it to save lives

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Storm season is here and that's when weather spotters are relied on the most.

"It's just keeping our eyes and ears open, and checking out to see what's going to happen," said Emmett Bengry, weather spotter.

This is a busy time of year for Bengry. He spends hours listening and watching for changes in the weather. Bengry is a certified National Weather Service spotter.

"I'm with the Saginaw Valley Amateur Association here in Saginaw," he said.

Bengry has been a spotter for about seven years, but he said his love of all things weather related goes back decades.

"I was born and raised where there is a lot of thunder storms and I really liked it. To sit around and watch that and watch the clouds and the nasty weather come through, and watch the thunderstorms at night," he said.

Now Bengry, along with about 20 other spotters in Saginaw County, help the National Weather Service get the word out when severe weather is headed to the area.

"We all have our little handy portable radio here. People will be out in their backyard or in their homes checking it, but we are just waiting around to see if their is any changes in the weather that the National Weather Service puts out and just go from there. If something's coming bad, we just try to keep them informed," Bengry said.

Every weather spotter goes through two-hour training sessions with the National Weather Service twice a year to make sure they have the right tools. Bengry said his one goal for doing this is pure and simple.

"Basically we want to save lives," he said.

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