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2020 Spotter Training


Storm spotter training dates for 2020 are being added.  Training will be held in March and April, and will include at least a couple webinars.

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: 2/10/20

Date Time County City Location
March 3 6:30 p.m. Houston Caledonia, MN EOC-Lower Level
Houston County Justice Center
306 S.Marshall St.
March 4 6:30 p.m. Trempealeau Whitehall, WI Fire Station
March 9 6:30 p.m. Olmsted Rochester, MN Rochester Int'l Event Center
March 12 7:00 p.m. Clayton Monona, IA Fire Station
March 16 6:30 p.m. Mower Austin, MN Crane Community Chapel
1111 9th St. NE
March 18 6:30 p.m. Howard To be determined To be determined
March 23 6:30 p.m. Grant Lancaster, WI High School Auditorium
March 25 6:30 p.m. Fayette Elgin, IA Fire Station
March 26 6:30 p.m. Winona Town of Wilson Wilson Townhall
29660 County Road 12
March 30 6:30 p.m. Allamakee Postville, IA Fire Station
March 31 6:30 p.m. Buffalo Mondovi, WI Roger Marten Center
120 S.Franklin
April 1 6:30 p.m. Crawford To be determined To be determined
April 2 6:30 p.m. La Crosse La Crosse, WI Marycrest Auditorium
Mayo Clinic Health System
700 West Ave
April 6 6:30 p.m. Richland Richland Center, WI Coppertop Theater
UW Platteville Richland
April 8 6:30 p.m. Floyd Charles City, IA Youth Enrichment Center
Floyd Co. Fairgrounds
2516 Seven Mile Rd.
April 13 6:30 p.m. Juneau Mauston, WI Mauston Public Works Bldg
1240 North Road
April 15 6:30 p.m. Monroe Fort McCoy, WI Whitetail Ridge Ski Chalet
8061 West F Street
April 20 6:30 p.m. Clark Loyal, WI Fire Station




Surrounding NWS Forecast Office Spotter Schedules:

Outline of the 2019 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