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On-site SKYWARN™ training is conducted on a limited basis to larger groups or as a part of larger organized outreach events. We often work through state and county emergency management agencies in northern New York and Vermont. Working with/through these groups may be a good place to start if you're considering hosting a SKYWARN™ training session. To arrange a talk with the National Weather Service in Burlington, please have the following ready before contacting us:

  • Have a facility, date and time established, with preferably a back-up date and time. Email Scott Whittier ( or John Goff ( to check availability.
  • Class sizes are generally offered for at least 15 individuals.
  • Classes will generally be offered Monday through Thursday, though if planned well in advance, exceptions may be made for a Friday or Saturday date. No sessions will be offered on Sundays.
  • Talks are usually held in the evening with start times from 5pm to 7pm and last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Provide a volunteer, or contact point from your group to help in organizing the talk.
  • All training is free and open to the public.