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Inclement Pattern Continues Over The Western U.S.; Significant Winter Storm Possible Over The Central And Eastern U.S.

A series of storm systems will bring heavy rainfall and burn scar flash flooding to portions of California. Heavy mountain snow and strong winds will also lead to dangerous travel conditions. Over the central and eastern U.S., a developing storm system could bring the potential for heavy snow, ice, and hazardous travel from the Plains to the interior Northeast and New England Friday to Sunday. Read More >

SKYWARN® Training Classes and Information

Upcoming Classes - Fall 2018 (Course Listing)


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


Upcoming Sessions







Location (County)


Registration Information/Notes

June 2018    






6 pm



Online Basic Class






SSeptember 2018    









6 pm



Powhatan, VA

(Powhatan County)



 Huguenot Public Safety Building

Fire Company #2

1959 Urbine Road

Click to Register for the Class

October 2018    








6 pm



Gloucester, VA

(Gloucester County)



Gloucester EOC

7478 Justice Dr.

Click to Register for the Class

November 2018    






6 pm




Online CoCoRaHS Training 


Online CoCoRaHS Training Class

Click to Register for the Class









6 pm



               Hampton , VA

(City of Hampton)



Hampton University

Harvey Library, 1st Floor Atrium

Click here to Register for the Class

December 2018    







6 pm



Virginia Beach, VA

(City of Virginia Beach)



Virginia Beach Fire Training Center

Birdneck Rd.

Click to Register for the Class








2 pm



Online Basic SKYWARN


Online Basic SKYWARN

Register and watch class on your laptop

or mobile device

Click here to register for the class


** 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.


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