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Severe weather outbreak possible over portions of the Southern Plains today and tonight

Severe thunderstorms will likely develop over portions of Texas and Oklahoma this afternoon into tonight. Very large hail, destructive winds, isolated tornadoes, and heavy downpours will be the main threats. Heavy rain could lead to localized flash flooding concerns. Additional severe weather is forecast each day through Thursday. Read More >

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Online spotter training available: The Cooperative Operational Meteorology Education and Training (COMET) offers an online Skywarn® Spotter Training course with two sections available: "Role of the Skywarn® Spotter" and "Skywarn® Spotter Convective Basics". The course is designed for people interested in becoming storm spotters.  While previously-trained Skywarn® spotters are not required to take it, it does provides additional background material not covered in the local classes. The course is free and each section takes one to two hours to complete. People interested in becoming spotters for the National Weather Service can notify our office after completing the training.

2017 classes open to the public. Click on the title for additional details. Note that all classes are shown in Mountain Daylight Time. 

If you have questions or want additional information, contact the Rapid City NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist.