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2017 Storm Spotter Training Schedule

 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Platte, in coordination with county emergency managers, offer storm spotter classes at several locations to prepare for severe weather season.  If you would like to assist your local community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter and reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service, or if you simply want to learn more about severe weather, consider attending one of our classes. Classes are normally held in the evening and last approximately 1:30 to 2 hours. Attendees are taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, the features to look for, and where to find them. What, when and how to report information as well as basic severe weather safety are also covered.

If you have any questions about a class date or location, please call the contact information provided, or visit with your local county emergency manager for scheduling the training. The training is free and may require preregistration if noted on the date of training. If you have additional questions, email Warning Coordination Meteorologist Kelly Allen.

Additional learning opportunities include: 

  1. Weather Spotter's Field Guide - large pdf file which may take a while to download
  2. Skywatcher Cloud Chart - pdf file  

 Nebraska's Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 27-31, 2017

Statewide Tornado Drill on March 29th

 

As classes are scheduled they will be added below. In the event weather impacts a training date or changes are made check back for updates or changes to scheduled classes. 

February 2017
Day City, State Time Location
23 Gordon (Advanced) 7:00 PM Mountain Fire Hall   POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - NEW DATE: May 4th
  Sheridan County   Contact Information: Jacob Sheridan  308-282-0837
       
   
March 2017
Day City, State Time Location
1 Hayes Center (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Hayes Center Fire Hall

  Hayes County   Contact Information: Char Hamilton  308-350-3388
       
2 Thedford 7:00 PM Central

Thedford Library

  Thomas County   Contact Information: Kevin Hood  308-645-2621
       
6 Lemoyne 7:00 PM Mountain Lemoyne Fire Hall
  Keith County   Contact Information: Laurie Hood  308-284-2011
       
7 Anselmo (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Anselmo Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe  308-872-3349
       
8

North Platte

7:00 PM Central Public Safety Building Conference Room
  Lincoln County   Contact Information: Brandon Myers  308-532-7383
       
15 Oshkosh 7:00 PM Mountain

Oshkosh Fire Hall

  Garden County   Contact Information: Ron Leal  308-254-7003
       
16 Ansley (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe  308-872-3349
       
20 Burwell 7:00 PM Central

High School Commons CANCELLED BUT WILL RESCHEDULE ASAP. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

  Garfield County   Contact Information: Linda Lewis  308-942-3461
       
21 Dunning 7:00 PM Central Sandhills High School
  Blaine County   Contact Information: Linda Lewis  308-942-3461
       
22 Chappell 7:00 PM Mountain

Chappell Fire Hall

  Deuel County   Contact Information: Ron Leal  308-254-7003
       
23 Callaway(Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Callaway Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe  308-872-3349
       
27 Bassett (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Bassett Fire Hall

  Rock County   Contact Information: Glenn May  402-760-0735
       
28

Broken Bow (Advanced)

7:00 PM Central Broken Bow Fire Hall
  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe  308-872-3349
   
   
April 2017
Day City, State Time Location
3 Mullen (Advanced) 7:00 PM Mountain

Fire Hall

  Hooker County   Contact Information: Wynn Weins  308-650-1183
       
4

Curtis

7:00 PM Central Fire Hall
  Frontier County   Contact Information: Sheriff Rupp  308-367-4411
       
18 Springview 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Keya Paha County   Contact Information: Betty Palmer  402-497-2565
       
19

Wallace

7:00 PM Central Wallace Fire Hall
  Lincoln County   Contact Information: Lynn Swanson  308-387-4307
       
20 Hays Springs (Advanced) 9:00 AM Mountain

Public Power District

  Sheridan County   Contact Information: Russ Reichenberg 308-638-4445
       
25 Grant 7:00 PM Mountain

Fire Hall

  Perkins County   Contact Information: Rich Dreiling 308-352-6202
       
26 Cody 1:00 PM Mountain

Cody Community Center

  Cherry County   Contact Information: Gary Weaver  402-376-4105
       
26

Merriman

6:00 PM Mountain Merriman Fire Hall
  Cherry County   Contact Information: Gary Weaver  402-376-4105
       
27 Valentine 2:00 PM Central   and

Valentine Fire Hall

   Cherry County 6:00 PM Central Contact Information: Gary Weaver  402-376-4105
   
   
May 2017
Day City, State Time Location
2 Taylor 7:00 PM Central

Region 26 EOC

  Loup County   Contact Information: Linda Lewis  308-942-3461
       
4 Gordon (Advanced) 7:00 PM Mountain

Fire Hall  Cancelled

  Sheridan County   Contact Information: Jacob Sheridan  308-282-0837
       
10 Hershey 7:00 PM Central Fire Hall
  Lincoln County   Contact Information: Tim Berntson 308-368-5500