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Severe Thunderstorms & Heavy Rain in the Plains/Midwest; Clouds and Rain Threaten Eclipse Viewing for Some

While much of the nation observes today's eclipse, clouds threaten to obscure the view in parts of the Plains, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, and Southeast states. The weather could be more than just a nuisance in the north-central Plains and Midwest where scattered severe storms are possible this afternoon and evening. Very large hail, damaging wind gusts, and flash floods are possible. Read More >


National Weather Service St. Louis 
  Severe Storm Spotter/Weather Safety Class Schedule

Winter/Spring 2017 

The Winter/Spring Severe Storm Spotter/Weather Safety training classes are complete. There will likely be some classes scheduled for the Fall of 2017. Check back later this Summer or early Fall if classes have been scheduled.

Important changes! Read the following. 

NWS St. Louis has discontinued continuously adding spotters to our spotter database. This will be done on a voluntary basis, and mainly in rural areas were there are fewer spotters. You DO NOT have to be in the database to be a storm spotter. By attending a class, you are a storm spotter and we encourage you to make a report when you see or know of something that meets the criteria. All of this will be explained at the class. .


Classes are open to everyone! You can attend any class that is convenient for you.
Registration is not required unless specifically noted. 

Date Time Location Contact
1/25/2017 7:00 pm

Macoupin County, IL, Carlinville, IL
Blackburn College
Bothwell Auditorium (seating for 250, so all are invited to attend)
200 College Avenue
Carlinville, IL 62626

Macoupin County EMA: Jim Pitchford
217- 854-3135 ext 5
1/26/2017 6:30 PM St. Louis County, MO, Ballwin, MO
St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management
1150 Hanna Road
Ballwin, MO 63021

St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management:

Michele Ryan 314-615-9508
Paul DuPuis: 314-615-9509

1/30/2017 6:30 pm Marion County, IL, Salem, IL
Marion County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building
1800 Fairgrounds Road
Salem, IL 62881
Terry Mulvany, Salem EMA Coordinator:
2/4/2017 9:00 am

St. Charles County, MO, St. Peters, MO
St. Peters Justice Center
1020 Grand Teton
St. Peters, MO 63376

St. Peters EMA: Tim Hickey: 636-477-6600 ext 3559
2/13/2017 6:30 pm Monroe County, IL, Waterloo, IL

The Beacon
718 N. Market
Waterloo, IL 62298

Monroe County EMA: Ryan Weber:
618-939-8681 x 231
2/21/2017 6:30 pm St. Louis County, MO, Kirkwood, MO
St.Louis Community College at Meramec
Campus Theater
11333 Big Bend Blvd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Joe Schneider: 314-984-7419
2/22/2017 6:30 pm Pike County, IL, Pittsfield, IL
Crossroads Center
125 W. Jefferson St.
Pittsfield, IL 62363
Pike County EMA: Josh Martin
2/23/2017 6:30 pm Boone County, Columbia, MO
American Legion
3669 Legion Lane
Columbia, MO 65201
Boone County EMA: 573-886-7226
2/28/2017 6:30 pm Marion County, MO, Hannibal, MO
Shirley Bomar Building
253 Munger Lane
Hannibal, MO 63401
Marion County EMA: John Hark
3/4/2017 8:30 am Madison County, IL, Godfrey, IL
Lewis and Clark Community College
Trimpe: Room TR 141
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL 62035
John Nell: 618-791-0016
3/8/2017 6:30 pm St. Louis, MO
Missouri Botanical Garden
Shoenberg Theater
4344 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63110

Register Here: Weather Spotter Class

Walk-ins will also be accepted.


3/9/2017 7:00 pm Crawford County, MO, Bourbon, MO
Salvation Army Camp Mihaska - Dining Hall
1466 Highway H
GPS coordinates:  38° 7’ 52” N, 91° 13’ 11” W 
Bourbon, MO 65771
Marty Rueter: 314-646-3255
3/11/2017 9:00 am St. Louis County, MO, Sunset Hills, MO
Sunset Hills Community Center
3915 South Lindbergh
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
Herb Pyne: 314-842-7265
3/13/2017 6:00 pm Adams County, IL, Quincy, IL
John Wood Community College
1301 S 48th St. 
Quincy, IL 62305
Adams County EMA: 217-277-2005
3/14/2017 6:30 pm St. Charles County, MO, O'Fallon, MO
Fort Zumwalt North High School
1230 Tom Ginnever Ave
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Therese Hinchsliff: 636-272-4447
St. Charles County EMA:636-949-3023
3/22/2017 6:30 pm Pike County, MO, Bowling Green, MO
Bowling Green Fire Department
16 West Church Street
Bowling Green, MO 63334
Chief Adam Mitalovich: Bowling Green Fire Department: 573-470-6504
3/23/2017 6:30 pm St. Louis County, MO., Bridgeton, MO
Bridgeton Community Center
4201 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Officer Kevin Quinlisk: 314-373-3883
3/27/2017 6:30 pm Ste. Genevieve County, MO, Ste. Genevieve
Fire Station
550 Pine Drive
Ste. Genevieve, MO  63670
Ste. Genevieve County EMA: 
Felix Meyer: 573-883-3866
3/28/2017 6:30 pm Cole County, MO, Jefferson City, MO
Woodcrest Chapel Auditorium
3600 Country Club Drive, Capital Mall
(By Wilsons in the Capital Mall; Across parking lot from Capital 8 Theaters) 
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Cole County EMA: Tracy Blank
573-634-9210, or

4/5/2017 6:30 pm Franklin/Gasconade County, MO, Gerald, MO
Gerald City Hall
106 E Fitzgerald
Gerald, MO 63037
Mason Griffith, Gerald Police Dept
4/10/2017 6:30 pm

St. Francois County, MO, Park Hills, MO
Mineral Area College Public Safety Training Center
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601

Alan Wells: 573-431-7842
4/11/2017 6:30 pm Lincoln County, MO, Troy, MO
Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1
700 E Cherry St
Troy, MO 63379
Lincoln County EMA: 636-528-6182
4/20/2017 6:30 pm

Jefferson County, MO, Herculaneum, MO
Herculaneum High School Cafeteria
#1 Black Cat Drive
Herculaneum, MO 63048

Fire Chief Bill Haggard: 314-852-4964
 TBA= To Be Announced
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Spotter classes are open to all ages.
 However, only high school age on up can sign up to be a volunteer storm spotter.


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 How to schedule your spotter training class:

Spotter classes are scheduled January - April, and September - November.

Contact:  Jim Kramper -  Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Spotter training classes are usually scheduled every other year for each county, but exceptions can be made. There is no charge for the class, but you must furnish the location and participants. Given the increased demand, attendance of at least 30 people is recommended to schedule a class. The class usually lasts between 2 and 2 1/2 hours, and typically starts at 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. The class is divided into two parts with a break in between. Having refreshments at the break are encouraged, but not mandatory. It is recommended that you post a story in local newspapers and on local radio stations to get the word out to as many people as possible to increase attendance.

The Spotter Training Class has been POST certified in Missouri! Law enforcement personnel will receive 2 hours continuing education credit for attending the class.