Every year, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks which are open to the general public. Presentations are typically around 90 minutes long, and are given by a meteorologist from our office. The 2017 show will focus on severe storm safety, preparedness, and awareness. Storm structure and accurate identification of important cloud features associated with supercell and squall line thunderstorms are also touched on.
While attending a talk we provide you with our contact information. We encourage everyone to call the NWS once it is safe to do so in order to pass along critical information about any severe weather you experience. We may also call you at your home after the severe weather has passed to inquire about possible damage or hail size.
In addition to attending a class, we ask that you complete the online training modules found below!
This training is focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. We strongly encourage all county spotters and others who are interested in becoming spotters to complete this training as an introduction into basic spotting concepts. This training takes around 2 hours is split into 2 modules can be accessed at
Additional valuable online spotter training videos can be found via the
Looking for more advanced material? Check out the webinar below!
Not enough....want more?...below you'll find some really advanced material (college level meteorology topics)
Finally, an updated reference guide is available for download. Just follow the link below.
Below you will find a calendar of scheduled talks for 2017 in the NWS Topeka coverage area, which includes northeast, east central and north central Kansas. If you are interested in attending a talk for your area, please click on the calendar below for a display of locations and dates. When you see your county listed just click on that event to see the details including venue and addresses. This schedule will continue to be updated so if you do not see a talk scheduled in your county yet, please be patient. We appreciate your interest!