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2020 SKYWARN Classes & Information! 


 

Online SKYWARN Spotter Classes

We offer several ONLINE Basic Spotter Courses and a single Advanced Spotter Course each spring and fall. These online classes are FREE, and allow individuals to complete the course(s) in the comfort of their own home or office with the use of Join.me. By attending any course, which runs about 2 hours, individuals (or a group of individuals) will become SKYWARN Spotters. To see when these classes will be held, scroll down or click hereTo schedule a LOCAL Basic Storm Spotter class in your area, please contact your county Emergency Management Office.

Unless you'd like to or are in need of a refresher, you do not need to attend more than one Basic SKYWARN Course, as the material covered is the same; however, we require you to attend at least one Basic SKYWARN Course before taking the Advanced SKYWARN Course. These courses are two-way, meaning you will be able to interact with the meteorologist leading the training. You will be muted while training is in-progress, but you may use the built-in chat feature to ask questions.

If you would like to review our spotter training at any time, a PDF version is available below, in the 'Spotter Information' section.

 

 

How to Attend an Online SKYWARN Spotter Class

You may attend any spotter course via: your Internet browser using web-based
Join.me, or your tablet using the Join.me app., available for download in Google
Play and the Apple App store. 

Internet browser:

  1.  Go to Join.me  
  2.  Select the green button located on the right of the web page labeled
     'Join Meeting.'
  3.  You will then be prompted to enter a nine-digit code. The code corresponds to the time and date of the course   you wish to attend. Scroll down to the class schedule or click here to retrieve your code.
  4.  Enable your audio feed by selecting the green audio button at the top of the Join.me window. Select "Call by   Internet" in the drop-down menu.

Join.me app.:

  1. Open the Join.me app.
  2. Enter your nine-digit meeting code under the green "join" section. The code corresponds to the time and date of the course you wish to attend. Scroll down to the class schedule or click here to retrieve your code.
  3. Enable your audio feed by selecting the green phone icon at the top of the Join.me window. Select "Call by  Internet" in the drop-down menu.

 

Additional SKYWARN Learning Material

Though not a requirement, as a warm up to the spotter classes, NWS Birmingham would like those who plan on attending the online classes, or even our locally scheduled classes, to view the following FREE online training modules:

 

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The "Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter" module is used to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple scenarios covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and storm report criteria), safety considerations for all hazards, and an overview of the national program and its history. The "SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics" module will guide users to a basic understanding of convective storms. Through three different scenarios, you will cover reporting and proper communication of local storm reports to the National Weather Service (NWS), personal safety during these events, and field identification of convective storm hazards. After completing the scenarios, you will be given the opportunity to practice identifying storm features from a spectrum of photos.

 

Central Alabama SKYWARN Spotter Class Schedule for the Spring 2020 Severe Season

        

Online Classes

Date/Time

Class

Session Code
Enter Code at www.join.me.
Please Read Instructions Above
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Monday, February 24 / 630PM
Forecaster Davis

 
Basic 399-450-619
Tuesday, March 03 / 1PM
Forecaster Holmes

 
Basic

412-237-985

Thursday, March 05 / 630PM
Forecaster Satterwhite

 
Basic 583-754-755
Tuesday, March 10 / 630PM
Forecaster Satterwhite

 
Basic 801-555-076
Thursday, March 19 / 1PM
Forecaster Holmes

 
Basic 726-373-081
Thursday, April 02 / 630PM
Forecaster Davis

 
Advanced 746-697-002
TBD means To Be Determined.
Classes are ~2.0 hours long unless otherwise indicated

All times are Central unless otherwise noted.
 

 

On-site Classes

Date/Time
 

Class

County

Location


None scheduled at this time
 

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TBD means To Be Determined.
Classes are ~2.0 hours long unless otherwise indicated

All times are Central unless otherwise noted.
 

 

SKYWARN Facts

SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, amateur radio operators, and the public. SKYWARN storm spotters provide important ground truth information to NWS warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions during severe weather, and help the NWS perform its primary mission to save lives and property.

Note: This is not storm chaser training. A storm spotter is a volunteer service that is conducted primarily from fixed locations such as from home, work, or around your community. The National Weather Service does not endorse or encourage the use of storm spotter training for storm chasing.

SKYWARN name and logo are trademarked: SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA's National Weather Service.  Please read the rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo.

 

Spotter Information


*In Adobe PDF format, a free download.

 

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