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2018 Spotter Training

 

Storm spotter training for the 2018 season has been completed.

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: 4/24/18


Date Time County City Location / Attendance
March 6 6:30 p.m. Floyd Charles City, IA 50 people
March 8 6:30 p.m. Clayton Volga, IA 70 people
March 13 6:30 p.m. Houston Hokah, MN 26 people
March 14 10:00 a.m. All Counties NWS La Crosse
Service Area
( Webinar )
March 15 7:00 p.m. Winona Winona, MN 48 people
March 19 6:30 p.m. Olmsted Rochester, MN 158 people
March 20 6:30 p.m. Allamakee Waukon, IA 52 people
March 26 7:00 p.m. Fayette Fayette, IA 70 people
March 27 6:30 p.m. Howard Cresco, IA 33 people
March 29 6:30 p.m. Crawford Seneca, WI 37 people
April 2 6:30 p.m. Grant Lancaster, WI 152 people
April 3 - - - La Crosse La Crosse, WI Class Cancelled Due to
Winter Storm
Rescheduled for April 23rd
April 6 1:00 p.m. All Counties NWS La Crosse
Service Area
( Webinar )
April 9 6:30 p.m. Juneau Mauston, WI 18 people
April 10 6:30 p.m. Richland Richland Center, WI 38 people
April 11 6:30 p.m. Clark Thorp, WI 52 people
April 16 6:30 p.m. Trempealeau Whitehall, WI 50 people
April 16 7:00 p.m. All Counties NWS La Crosse
Service Area
( Webinar)
April 18 6:30 p.m. Monroe Sparta/Angelo, WI 12 people
April 19 6:30 p.m. Mower Austin, MN 86 people
April 23 6:30 p.m. La Crosse La Crosse, WI 65 people

 

 

 


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