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The National Weather Service (NWS) and local county emergency managers host spotter training classes across Iowa every spring. These in-person spotter training classes are offered primarily in larger cities and towns, but also in several rural counties and smaller towns. Every county in the NWS Des Moines County Warning Area (CWA) will likely have an in-person spotter training class at least every other year. These training sessions are free and open to new & seasoned spotters alike.  No prior registration is required. The schedule at the bottom of the page includes all talks that have been scheduled to date (training sessions begin in February & end in April). More may be scheduled through the Spring, so check back if you don't see your county or community included.

For additional storm spotting information & resources, visit our storm spotting website at:

For questions, contact Chad Hahn at or 515.270.4516.