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Tropical Rainfall Continues from the Remnants of Imelda

Intense tropical rainfall continues in portions of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana from the remnants of Imelda. These additional rains will only compound ongoing issues with flooding. The heavy rain focus will gradually shift to the ArkLaTex region on Friday. Also on Friday, a cold front arriving into the Upper Midwest will likely produce severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall. Read More >

SKYWARN® Training Classes and Information

Upcoming Classes - Fall 2019 (Course Listing)


*Please see our new course offering page for more information on class content.


Upcoming Sessions







Location (County)


Registration Information/Notes

November  2019    







6 pm



Hampton, VA 

(City of Hampton)



Hampton University

Harvey Library

Registration Required! Click here







6 pm


Chesterfield, VA 

(Chesterfield County)



Public Safety Training Center

6610 Public Safety Way

Registration Required! Click here








6:30 pm



Virginia Beach, VA 

(City of Virginia Beach)



Virginia Beach Fire Training Center

S. Birdneck Road

Registration Required! Click here






1 pm





Online Basic SKYWARN

Register here!


** Important: Due to high demand, these class will NOT be held in every county every year. You may attend an NWS Wakefield SKYWARN class in any location that is convenient for you, regardless of where you live. If you are interested in hosting a class, please contact Mike Montefusco, SKYWARN™ coordinator at the National Weather Service in Wakefield.


On-line SKYWARN Recorded Spotter Training Modules




Don't see a course offering near you? Unable to attend local training? A recorded, online course was developed by the National Weather Service through Meted/UCAR/COMET. The program is intended to support, enhance and stimulate learning about atmospheric and related sciences. The course serves as an alternate means of instruction for those unable to attend NWS-supported spotter training classes. However, please bear in mind that the online course is NOT intended to replace the live, local SKYWARN spotter training classes offered by your National Weather Service Forecast Office.

Also, remember that whether attending a class in person or online FOLLOW-UP TRAINING IS REQUIRED EVERY 3 YEARS TO MAINTAIN ACTIVE SKYWARN STATUS!

Spotter Resources

NWS Wakefield Weather Briefing page

Severe Meso Page

Severe Parameters page

Important Spotter Safety Rules

Basic Spotter Field Guide

Advanced Spotter Guide

NWS/NASA Cloud Identification Charts


Did you attend one of our training classes?

Print your own Spotter ID card Here!

Basic SKYWARN course completion certificate (**use password provided in class!**)

Advanced SKYWARN course completion certificate (**use password provided in class!**)

Basic SKYWARN Presentation (File size is large)



Additional Information/Links

National SKYWARN Page

National Weather Service StormReady site.