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2021 Spotter Training

 

Storm spotter training for 2021 will be conducted virtually.  We have a variety of dates and times to help people attend.

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.  All virtual training is free and usually lasts around 90 minutes.

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

Last Updated: 4/15/21


Date Time County City Registration / Attendance
March 11 6:30 p.m. ALL ALL Via Webinar
(completed)
March 16 6:30 p.m. ALL ALL Via Webinar
(completed)
March 22 10:00 a.m. ALL ALL Via Webinar
(completed)
April 1 1:00 p.m. ALL ALL Via Webinar
(completed)
April 7 6:30 p.m. ALL ALL Via Webinar
(completed)
April 15 10:00 a.m. ALL ALL Via Webinar
(completed)
April 20 6:30 p.m. ALL ALL Via Webinar
(Registration Link)

 

 

 


Surrounding NWS Forecast Office Spotter Schedules:


Outline of the 2021 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
  • Case examples / review