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SKYWARN® Training Classes and Information

Upcoming Classes - Spring 2017 (Course Listing)


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


Upcoming Sessions







Location (County)

Registration Information/Notes
October 2017    








6 pm



Chesterfield, VA

(Chesterfield, VA)




Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Building

6610 Public Safety Way

Register online here!


November 2017    








6 pm



Colonial Heights, VA

(City of Colonial Heights)


Advanced SKYWARN

 American Legion

    505 Springdale Ave

Register online here!









6:30 pm



Virginia Beach, VA

(City of Virginia Beach)


Advanced SKYWARN

Bennett Auditorium

Fire Training Center,

927 Birdneck Road

Register online 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?

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.


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