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SKYWARN Class Schedule


Date Parish/County Time Location City Contact Info
Tuesday, January 3rd Hardin  6:00 PM  Tex. Baptist Men's Dis Relief Kountze  
Tuesday, January 17th Rapides  9:00 AM  Pineville Fire Dept Pineville  
Wednesday, January 18th Rapides  9:00 AM  VA Hospital Fire Dept Pineville  
Thursday, January 19th Rapides  6:00 PM  Pineville Fire Dept Pineville  
Friday, January 20th Rapides  9:00 AM  Pineville Fire Dept Pineville  
Thursday, January 26th Calcasieu  12:00 PM  DirectCare Lake Charles  
Thursday, January 26th Rapides  6:00 PM  Ball Fire Dept Ball  
Friday, January 27th Orange  10:00 AM  Orange EOC Orange  
Saturday, January 28th Orange  9:00 AM  Orange EOC Orange  
Saturday, January 28th Calcasieu  12:00 PM  DirectCare Lake Charles  
Monday, February 6th Jefferson  10:00 AM  HHSC RASS Region 5 Beaumont  
Wednesday, February 15th Jefferson  10:00 AM  US DOT MARAD Beaumont  
Thursday, February 16th Calcasieu  4:00 PM  McNeese State U PD Lake Charles  
Saturday, February 18th Orange  1:00 PM  Little Cypress Baptist Church Little Cypress  
Thursday, February 23rd Jefferson  9:00 AM  Texas DOT office Beaumont  
Thursday, March 2nd Iberia  6:00 PM  Willow Wood Park New Iberia  
Friday, March 10th Calcasieu  8:30 AM  DHH Region 5 Lake Charles  
Saturday, March 11th Acadia  10:00 AM  Hamfest Rayne  
Tuesday, May 9th Jefferson  9:00 AM  Fed'l Correctional C'plex Beaumont Michael Mattes (


For additional information on the local NWS Lake Charles SKYWARN program, please contact:


Roger Erickson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
(337) 477-5285 x223



The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

Who is Eligible?

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

How Can I Get Involved?

NWS has 122 local Weather Forecast Offices, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN® program in their local area. Training is conducted at these local offices and covers:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

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