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2017 SKYWARN Severe Storm Spotter Training Schedule

Each spring, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Pleasant Hill conducts courses to train SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotters in numerous locations throughout its forecast area. These training courses last approximately 90 minutes, are free to attend, and do not require you to register ahead of time. Topics covered include:

  • Severe thunderstorm basics
  • How to visually identify severe storm features
  • How to report observed severe weather
  • Storm spotter safety

Whether you want to become more involved with severe storm spotting to assist local officials and the National Weather Service in keeping your community safe from severe storms, or you just want to learn more about severe thunderstorms, this is the course for you. As locations of the training courses are finalized, the schedule below will be updated. Training will conclude by the end of March.