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SKYWARN® Training Classes

Upcoming Classes

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Green - Basic Class Red - Advanced Class Yellow - Basic and Advanced Class


September, 2014
City, State



Painter, VA

(Accomack County)

12 pm

Eastern Shore AREC. 33446 Research Dr. Registration information to be updated.

October, 2014
City, State



Hopewell, VA

(City of Hopewell)

Flyer here

6 pm

City Hall, Council Chambers. 300 North Main St. Registration information to be updated.



Windsor, VA

(Isle of Wight County)

Flyer here

6 pm

Windsor Volunteer Fire Department. 80 East Windsor Blvd.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please contact Ray Haring via E-Mail to register for this course.

** Important: Due to high demand, this class will NOT be held in every county every year. You may attend a class in any location, regardless of where you live. If you are interested in hosting a class, please contact Mike Montefusco, SKYWARN™ coordinator at the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

On-line SKYWARN Spotter Training 

Don't see a course offering near you? Unable to attend local training? A recorded, online course was developed by the National Weather Service through Meted/UCAR/COMET. The program is intended to support, enhance and stimulate learning about atmospheric and related sciences. The course serves as a optional prerequisite for our local SKYWARN training, and may also be used as a alternate means of instruction for those unable to attend NWS-supported spotter training classes. However, please bear in mind that the online course is NOT intended to replace the live, local SKYWARN spotter training classes offered by your National Weather Service Forecast Office in Wakefield.

Also, remember that whether attending a class in person or online FOLLOW-UP TRAINING IS REQUIRED EVERY 3 YEARS TO MAINTAIN ACTIVE SKYWARN STATUS!


Spotter Resources

NWS Wakefield Weather Briefing page

Important Spotter Safety Rules

Basic Spotter Field Guide

Advanced Spotter Guide


Did you attend one of our training classes?
Click here to access your course completion certificate (use password provided in class!)

Click here for the advanced completion certificate (use password provided in class!)

Basic SKYWARN Presentation (File size is large)

Advanced SKYWARN Presentation (File size is large)

NOAA/NWS/NASA Sky Watch Chart


Additional Information/Links

National SKYWARN Page

National Weather Service StormReady site.

Click here for a copy of our latest NEWSLETTER, The Weather Nut!