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The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne is excited to announce the 2022 SkyWarn Storm Spotter Training Series! We are pleased to offer both virtual and in-person trainings this year. Be sure to check below for dates, times, and registration links of our FREE and open Spotter Trainings! Find the training that works best for you! All are Welcome!


There are two versions of Spotter Talks:

  • Basic Storm Spotter Training Presentation
  • Advanced Storm Spotter Training Presentation

There will be 5 Virtual Basic Storm Spotter Talks and 2 Virtual Advanced Storm Spotter Talks. The Basic Storm Spotter Training Presentation will be around 60 minutes and the Advanced Spotter Talk will be 90-120 minutes with a short break in the middle. All virtual talks will take place at 6:00 PM MDT

The Basic Storm Spotter Presentation will cover:

  • Value of Storm Spotters & Reporting Severe Weather
  • Severe Thunderstorms
  • Severe Weather Climatology for SE Wyoming & West Nebraska
  • Doppler Radar Basics
  • Thunderstorm Ingredients & Stages
  • Tornadoes
  • Spotter Placement & Severe Weather Safety

The Advanced Storm Spotter Presentation will cover (in greater detail):

  • Global Weather Patterns
  • Southeast WY & West Nebraska Severe Storm Climatology
  • Deeper Meteorological Look at Severe Weather Components (Moisture, CAPE, Wind Shear, Lift)
  • Supercell & Tornado Lifecycle
  • Deeper look at Doppler Radar and how it works
  • Latest Satellite Technology
  • Severe Weather Safety & Reporting Severe Weather

Here are all the dates, times, and registration links:

Date Time Spotter Talk Type Registration Link
Mon, March 28 6:00 PM Basic Storm Spotter Training - Lusk, WY in person - more info below
Thu, April 14 6:00 PM Virtual Basic Storm Spotter Training
Thu, April 21 6:00 PM Virtual Basic Storm Spotter Training
Tue, April 26 6:00 PM Virtual Advanced Storm Spotter Training
Thu, April 28 6:00 PM Virtual Basic Storm Spotter Training
Fri, May 6 6:00 PM Virtual Basic Storm Spotter Training
Tue, May 10 6:00 PM Virtual Advanced Storm Spotter Training
Wed, May 18 6:00 PM Virtual Basic Storm Spotter Training
Sat, May 21 1:00 PM

Basic Storm Spotter Training - Laramie, WY

Click here to register and reserve a spot

In-Person - Laramie Readiness Center

WYARNG at 3894 WY-130 Laramie, WY 82070


How to Register for Virtual Training Sessions:

We hope to see you there! Have any questions? Feel free to give us a call at 307-772-2468 or 1-800-269-6220.


Additional graphics for each talk can be found below:


March 28:


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April 26:


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May 18:


March 28: Please register at this link here to reserve your spot



If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NWS Cheyenne, Jared Allen (click to email), or by calling 307-772-2468. 



SKYWARN® Information


What is SKYWARN®?

SkywarnSevere weather affects countless people across the United States and the world each year. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property.

Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by SKYWARN® spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives.


Am I eligible to attend? Of course!

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

Even if you are not affiliated with these groups, we still encourage everyone and anyone to attend. These classes are open and FREE to the public with no prior experience or training required. No registration necessary to attend. 


What will be covered and where can I attend a class?

Training is planned and mainly conducted by your local NWS office with topics covering:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basics of severe weather safety

Classes typically last about an hour and a half to two hours long. 

If for whatever reason you are unable to attend a course, we offer these every year mainly in the spring before summer severe weather season. In the meanwhile, we encourage you to take online learning that is free with only log in registration required at the link provided (