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Icy Travel For Some Sat Morning, then Winter Storm Sat Night-Sun

A wintry mix of snow and freezing will spread in later tonight through Saturday morning, with slick travel likely for many areas. Lingering light rain or freezing drizzle is expected into Saturday afternoon before a round of heavy precipitation (rain changing to snow) arrives Saturday evening along with windy conditions. Major travel problems are likely with snow and blowing snow. Plan ahead now! Read More >

2019 Spotter Training


Dates for storm spotter training in 2019 are being collected.  Training will occur in March and April 2019.

In addition, there are several on-line storm spotter training modules and reference materials available:

Do you have questions about SKYWARN or becoming a spotter?  Click here for our SKYWARN FAQ page.  Most sessions are open to the general public with no need to pre-register.  All training is free and usually lasts around 2 hours.

Main NWS La Crosse contact for spotter training is Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

Last Updated: 2/19/19

Date Time County City Location
March 4 6:30 p.m. Fillmore Chatfield, MN Chatfield Elementary School
March 12 6:30 p.m. La Crosse La Crosse, WI Marycrest Auditorium
Mayo Health System
March 14 7:00 p.m. Clayton Edgewood, IA Fire Station
March 18 6:30 p.m. Olmsted Rochester, MN Rochester Int'l
Event Center
March 20 1:00 p.m. ALL NWS La Crosse Service Area On-line Webinar
(Request access here)
March 25 6:30 p.m. Vernon Viroqua, WI Viroqua High School
March 26 6:30 p.m. Chickasaw New Hampton, IA Chickasaw County Rescue Squad
260 E.Prospect St.
March 28 7:00 p.m. ALL NWS La Crosse Service Area On-line Webinar
(Request access here)
April 2 6:30 p.m. Dodge Kasson, MN Kasson Mantorville High School
101 16th Street NE
April 3 6:30 p.m. Winona Winona, MN Winona County Office Bldg
202 W. 3rd Street
Conf.Room 102A
April 8 6:30 p.m. Jackson /
Ho-Chunk Nation
Black River Falls, WI Ho-Chunk Nation District Community Center
2nd Floor
N7261 Warrior Road
April 9 6:30 p.m. Winneshiek Ossian, IA Ossian Fire Department
April 10 6:30 p.m. Taylor Medford, WI Taylor County Multipurpose Room
(backside of 845 E.Broadway St.
April 11 6:30 p.m. Mitchell Osage, IA Mitchell County Conservation
April 15 6:30 p.m. Adams Adams, WI Adams County
Community Center
Room 145B
April 16 6:30 p.m. Wabasha Lake City, MN VFW
115 N Franklin Street
April 22 6:30 p.m. Grant Platteville, WI Fire Station




Surrounding NWS Forecast Office Spotter Schedules:

Outline of the 2018 Presentation

First Half

  • Introduction to Storm Spotting
  • Information about NWS La Crosse
  • The Spotting Process
  • Sources of weather information
  • NWS Information / Outlooks 
  • Spotter deployment 
  • Spotting locations
  • Stages of the thunderstorm (updraft/downdrafts)
  • Thunderstorm Hazards (Flooding, Lightning, Hail)
  • Downbursts
  • Thunderstorm Wind

Second Half

  • Squall Lines / Shelf Clouds (updated!) 
  • Supercells
  • Elements of the Supercell
  • Wall Clouds
  • Tornado definitions and examples
  • Funnel clouds
  • Challenges to spotters
  • Communication
  • Spotter reporting procedures/guidelines
  • Spotter safety