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SKYWARN® Training Classes and Information

Upcoming Classes - Spring 2018 (Course Listing)


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


Upcoming Sessions







Location (County)

Registration Information/Notes
March 2018    








6 pm



Virginia Beach, VA

(City of Virginia Beach)



Bennett Auditorium

VA Beach Fire Training Center,

927 Birdneck Road

Click to Register for the Class

April 2018    










6 pm




Williamsburg, VA

(James City County

and City of Williamsburg)






James City County Recreation Center

5301 Longhill Road

Click to Register for the Class











6:30 pm




Salisbury, MD

(Wicomico County






Salisbury Fire Dept. Station 16

325 Cypress St.
Salisbury, MD 21801

Click to Register for the Class









6 pm



Henrico, VA

(Henrico County)



Henrico County Public Safety Training Center

7701 E. Parham Rd

Click to Register for the Class






1 PM




Click Here to Register!









6 pm



Norfolk, VA

(City of Norfolk)

(In partnership with

Old Dominion University)

Advanced SKYWARN


Completion of Basic SKYWARN is suggested!

Webb Center at Old Dominion University

"Virginia Beach" and "Portsmouth" Rooms

1526 W. 49th Street

Click to Register for the Class

May 2018    








6 pm



Elizabeth City, NC

(Pasquotank County)



 College of the Albemarle

Building A, Room  AE208

Click 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.


Click here for a copy of our latest NEWSLETTER, The Weather Nut!