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 2022 NWS La Crosse Spotter Training

 

Our 2022 SKYWARN storm spotter training is complete for the season.  Look for additional classes during March and April 2023..

There are also several on-line storm spotter training modules and reference materials available:

Have questions about SKYWARN or becoming a spotter?  Click here for our SKYWARN FAQ page.  All training is free and usually lasts around 2 hours.

Main NWS La Crosse contact for spotter training is Mike Kurz.

Last Updated: 4/29/22


Date Time County City Location / Attendance
March 10 7:00 p.m. Clayton Garnavillo, IA 75 attended
March 14 6:30 p.m. ALL ALL 107 attended (virtual)
March 22 6:30 p.m. Chickasaw New Hampton, IA 32 attended
March 28 6:30 p.m. Wabasha Lake City, MN 34 attended
March 29 6:30 p.m. Fayette Hawkeye, IA 50 attended
March 30 6:30 p.m. ALL ALL 104 attended (virtual)
April 5 2:00 p.m. ALL ALL 65 attended (virtual)
April 7 6:30 p.m. Winneshiek Decorah, IA 25 attended
April 11 6:30 p.m. Vernon Viroqua, WI 33 attended
April 12 6:30 p.m. Monroe Sparta/Angelo, WI 30 attended
April 13 6:30 p.m. Olmsted Rochester, MN 85 attended
April 18 6:30 p.m. Grant Lancaster, WI 82 attended
April 19 6:30 p.m. ALL ALL 143 attended (virtual)
April 25 6:30 p.m. Clark Owen/Curtiss, WI 42 attended
April 27 6:30 p.m. Winona Winona, MN 60 attended
April 28 6:30 p.m. Mitchell Osage, IA 28 attended

 

 

 


Surrounding NWS Forecast Office Spotter Schedules:


Outline of the 2022 Presentation

First Half

  • Information about NWS La Crosse
  • Importance of storm spotters
  • Sources of weather information
  • NWS outlooks / watches / warnings
  • Spotter activation
  • Thunderstorm basics: ingredients, formation, life cycle, types
  • Squall lines / shelf clouds
  • Supercells
  • Hail
  • Damaging winds: downbursts, bow echoes, derechos
  • Flooding
  • Lightning

Second Half

  • Wall clouds
  • Funnel clouds
  • Tornadoes
  • Storm spotting challenges
  • Spotter reporting procedures & guidelines
  • Spotter safety
  • Interactive quiz