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Record Rainfall, Flooding and Near-Record Temperatures

An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected through Wednesday morning, further worsening flood impacts across the region. Some rivers could reach moderate to major flood stage with significant impacts possible. Read More >

2018 NWS Grand Rapids Weather Spotter Training Schedule


Spotter training classes for Spring 2018 have been scheduled!  Classes start promptly at the time listed.  Classes are free and open to the public.  Classes that require registration due to limited space are listed below.  If 'Registration Required' is not listed below, there is no registration needed for that class offering.

Once you have completed training, contact the Emergency Management office in your city/county to find out what you can do to become involved with their spotter program.

If you are not able to attend a session this spring, or if you would like additional training, you can take this online MetEd course through the COMET Program. You can also learn more about meteorology and our atmosphere at JetStream - An Online School for Weather.

Other spotter training courses are being held in Michigan by other forecast offices:

Please e-mail us with any questions:






Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Muskegon Community College

Stevenson Center

221 South Quarterline Road

Muskegon, MI 49442

Muskegon County
Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Ferris State University

University Center - Room 116

805 Campus Drive

Big Rapids, MI 49307

University Center Web Page

Parking is available in Lot 1 or possibly Lot 24.

Ferris State Campus Map

Mecosta County

Ferris State University

Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Lakeview Middle School

300 South 28th Street

Battle Creek, MI

Calhoun County and the City of Battle Creek

Saturday, February 24, 2018

*** Registration Required ***

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Holt High School

5780 Holt Road

Holt, MI 48842

Ingham County

Register for this Training Session

Thursday March 1, 2018

*** Registration Required ***

6:30pm - 9:30 pm

Hudsonville High School

5037 32nd Avenue

Hudsonville, MI 49426

Ottawa County and Kent County

Register for this Training Session

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Eaton County Sheriff Office

1025 Independence Blvd

Charlotte, MI 48813

Eaton County
Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Saranac High School

150 Pleasant Street

Saranac, MI 48881

Ionia County
Wednesday March 7, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sheridan Community Center

205 St. Clair Street

Sheridan, MI 48884

Montcalm County
Saturday March 10, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Luella Collins Community Center

419 126th Street

Shelbyville, MI 49344

Barry County and Allegan County
Saturday March 10, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Paw Paw High School

30609 Red Arrow Highway

Paw Paw, MI 49079

Van Buren County
Saturday March 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Clare County Transportation Cabinet

1473 Transportation Drive

Harrison, MI 48625

Clare County
Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Alma College

Swanson Academic center

614 W Superior Street

Alma, MI 48801

Gratiot County
Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Ludington City Hall Community Room

400 South Harrison Street

Ludington, MI 49341

Oceana County and Mason County
Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Lake County


Looking for courses held in nearby regions of Michigan?

Southeast Michigan (NWS Detroit)

Southwest Michigan/Michiana (NWS Northern Indiana)

Northern Lower Michigan (NWS Gaylord)