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2016 Spotter Training

 

The 2016 Storm Spotter training season is complete.  Classes were held in March and April 2016.  There were also two (2) online webinars available.

There are several on-line storm spotter training modules and reference materials available:

Do you have questions about SKYWARN or becoming a spotter?  Click here for our SKYWARN FAQ page.  Most sessions are open to the general public with no need to pre-register.  All training is free and usually lasts around 2 hours.

Main NWS La Crosse contact for spotter training is Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

Last Updated: 4/28/16


Date Time County City Location/Attendance
March 7 6:30 p.m. Mower Austin, MN 70 people
March 14 6:30 p.m. Richland Richland Center, WI 67 people
March 15 6:30 p.m. Floyd/Mitchell Charles City, IA 44 people
March 16 10:00 a.m. Webinar   15 people
March 21 6:30 p.m. Fayette Fayette, IA 68 people
March 22 7:00 p.m. Clayton Volga, IA 54 people
March 24 7:00 p.m. Allamakee New Albin, IA 19 people
March 28 6:30 p.m. Monroe Tomah, WI 46 people
March 29 6:30 p.m. Olmsted Rochester, MN 210 people
April 5 6:30 p.m. La Crosse La Crosse, WI 58 people
April 7 7:00 p.m. Houston Hokah, MN 34 people
April 11 6:30 p.m. Juneau Town of Germantown 37 people
April 12 6:30 p.m. Clark Abbotsford, WI 66 people
April 18 6:30 p.m. Grant Lancaster, WI 137 people
April 19 1:00 p.m. Webinar   32 people
April 20 6:30 p.m. Trempealeau Osseo, WI 27 people
April 21 6:30 p.m. Winona Town of Wilson 44 people
April 27 6:30 p.m. Howard Cresco, IA 72 people
April 28 6:30 p.m. Crawford Seneca, WI 27 people

 

 

Surrounding NWS Forecast Office Spotter Schedules:


Outline of the 2016 Presentation

First Half

  • Introduction to Storm Spotting
  • Information about NWS La Crosse
  • The Spotting Process
  • Sources of weather information
  • NWS Information / Outlooks (update!) 
  • Spotter deployment 
  • Spotting locations
  • Stages of the thunderstorm (updraft/downdrafts)
  • Thunderstorm Hazards (Flooding, Lightning, Hail)
  • Downbursts
  • Thunderstorm Wind

Second Half

  • Squall Lines / Shelf Clouds (updated!) 
  • Supercells
  • Elements of the Supercell
  • Wall Clouds
  • Tornado definitions and examples
  • Funnel clouds
  • Challenges to spotters 
  • Spotter reporting procedures/guidelines
  • Spotter safety (focus on El Reno, OK tornado)