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Schedule a Course For Your Area!

If you are planning on attending one of the spotter training courses, please call the number (if given) to register. Please call (601) 936-2189 to schedule a spotter training course for your county or community. Sessions typically last for one to two hours, and cover the basics of how to detect severe weather and relay severe weather information.


Date Time County/Parish City Location Contact Information
3/20/2017 6:00PM Warren County Vicksburg Goldie's BBQ
2430 S Frontage Rd

Malcolm Keown
601-636-0827

4/3/2017 6:30PM Sunflower County Indianola 1192 Highway 49W

Ben Grant
662-887-6253

4/17/2017 6:00PM Bolivar County Cleveland Bolivar County EOC
114 South Street

Bill Quinton
662-843-2300

4/22/2017 9:00AM Rankin County Brandon Rankin County EOC
601 Marquette Road

Gary Young/Linda Goodman

  Unless otherwise noted, spotter training courses are open to the general public.


 

SKYWARNTM Facts

SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, and amateur radio operators. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS.

In addition to serving as a community's first line of defense against dangerous storms, spotters provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions. SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS vital ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform our primary mission, to save lives and property.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson maintains communications with area emergency managers, law enforcement and spotters who report via amateur radio during severe or adverse weather events.

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