Skywarn spotter training classes will again be scheduled for Southeast Michigan, starting late February through early May 2017. Please check the calendar below for additional details.
Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including thunderstorms and tornadoes. This includes the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and safety concerns.
** Important: Please note that a 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 cannot make one of the Skywarn classes this year, there are a couple of alternatives for Skywarn Training. An online Skywarn training is available through the NOAA MetEd web site. Currently there are two courses, each taking about one hour to complete...The Role of the Skywarn Spotter and Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics.
There will also be a webinar Skywarn Training class conducted by the NWS Detroit/Pontiac office. The webinar will be scheduled in May or Early June. Look for the webinar details in the Top News section of our web page about 2 to 3 week prior to the webinar.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Skywarn spotter training class!
Winter Spotter Training
Winter Spotter Training classes will be scheduled again from October to November 2017. Please see the calendar below for additional details on dates and locations.
Even though the threat of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes ends during the winter, we still need your spotter reports! Your spotter reports are just as important during the winter season and help us with warning and advisory decisions for Southeast Michigan. Your reports also help us tell the story of each winter storm or snowfall event. Snowfall and precipitation type can vary greatly even over small distance within one county. Those reports are sent out and use by the local and national media. The also appear on our web page and help us draw our snowfall maps.
The winter spotter class will last roughly an hour and a half. Topics include:
Visit our preparedness page for additional information.