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Spotter Training


SKYWARN Spotter training has concluded for the 2014 season.  Please check back late Winter 2015 for the training schedule for next season.


Being a storm spotter not only means dedication, but also training. Each spring the Cleveland office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency), and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor. The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes, but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances.

SKYWARN Training is FREE and open to the public. Please attend any of the training sessions listed above. You will be trained and enrolled in the program. You do not need to pre-register.

For additional information contact:

Gary Garnet

(Warning Coordination Meteorologist)

National Weather Service

5301 West Hangar Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44135
216-265-2382 EXT 223