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We offer several online and in-person classes throughout the year, typically in the fall and spring months. To schedule a LOCAL Basic or Advanced SkyWarn Storm Spotter class in your area, please contact your county Emergency Management Office.
 

Course Descriptions

  • BASIC SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class
    • This is the introductory course that describes the basic forms of severe weather, what NWS SkyWarn spotters do, basic spotting techniques, how to give reports to NWS Mobile/Pensacola and basic storm safety. 
    • Prerequisite: None. See below for suggestions on additional courses
    • Lasts approximately 1.5 - 2 hours
  • ADVANCED SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class
    • This course covers (in greater detail) storm structure, tornadogenesis, basic parameters NWS meteorologists look for to determine severe storm potential and basic radar meteorology. 
    • Prerequisite: We request that attendees first take the Basic SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class to have a basic foundation for the more advanced topics covered in this course.
    • Lasts approximately 1.5 hours
  • ONLINE SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class
    • ​This course currently covers the same topics as the in-person Basic SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class. 
    • Individuals can watch and listen to this course from the comfort of their home or office with the use of Join.me. More details on the Join.me program can be found further down this page.
    • This course allows interaction with the meteorologist leading the class - You can use the built-in chat feature to ask questions during and after the class.
    • Prerequisite: None. See below for suggestions on additional courses
    • Last approximately 2 hours
  • Other Topics
    • These courses cover other meteorological topics such as tropical weather, marine weather, fire weather, etc.
    • Lasts approximately 1 hour
       

Additional SkyWarn Learning Material

Here are two FREE online training classes (offered nationally) that are good to take prior to the in-person or online Basic SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class. It is not a requirement to take these online courses.


Role of the SkyWarn Spotter
This online class will provide baseline training for all spotters using multiple scenarios covering the procedures for storm spotting, safety considerations and an overview/history of the national program.

 


SkyWarn Spotter Convective Basics
This online class will provide a basic understanding of convective storms using multiple scenarios covering reporting and proper communication of reports to the NWS, personal safety, and field identification of convective storm hazards.

 

How to Attend an ONLINE SkyWarn Storm Spotter Class

You can attend our online courses two different ways: 1) using an internet browser on a computer, tablet, or phone  OR  2) using the Join.me app on a tablet or phone.

Option 1 - Internet Browser
     1.  Go to the website: Join.me.
     2.  Select the green "Join Meeting" button on the right side of the webpage.
     3.  Enter the nine-digit meeting code in the box.
          Scroll up and click your class in the calendar to view the code.
          Note: Each class has a different/unique code.
     4.  Enable your audio feed by selecting the green audio button at the top of the Join.me window.
          Select "Call by Internet" in the drop-down menu.

Option 2 - Join.me App
     1.  Download the Join.me app in the Google or Apple store.
     2.  Open the Join.me app.
     3.  Enter the nine-digit meeting code in the box. 
          
Scroll up and click your class in the calendar to view the code.
          Note: Each class has a different/unique code.
     4.  Enable your audio feed by selecting the green phone icon at the top of the Join.me window.
          Select "Call by Internet" in the drop-down menu.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your desktop computer or laptop does not have a microphone, you will need to download the Join.me desktop application. Even if you have speakers, you will need to complete this step in order to hear audio from our presentation.

 



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