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Austin/San Antonio WFO Public Training Programs

FloodWarn sessions are now being offered across the area. These will be added to the calendar below. These training sessions will focus solely on Flood and Flash Flood issues of the region and discuss the meteorology behind the record flooding that we get here in this part of the state. Most sessions will last two hours and include flood information from the National Weather Service as well as the local Emergency Management office, River Authority, or other water organization.

Most SKYWARN® training sessions are conducted in the Spring to coincide with severe weather season, but other sessions may be offered throughout the year. Scheduled training sessions are free and open to the general public. There is no pre-registration unless specifically noted on the schedule or link.

Please use the calendar below to find an available session. Future sessions will be added to this calendar as well. If you would like the NWS to schedule a training in your area or schedule for a specific group, please contact Paul Yura, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at 830-629-0130 ext 223 or email paul.yura@noaa.gov.

 

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The Austin/San Antonio WFO offers SKYWARN® severe weather training to allow citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Besides learning about severe weather topics specific to South Central Texas, procedures for reporting severe weather to the local Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service Office are also covered. Scheduled training sessions are free and open to the general public.

After training is complete, usually 1.5 hours for the BASIC training, you will be an official weather spotter for the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service will count on you to be our "eyes" out in the field, when trying to verify severe weather across South Central Texas. With 33 counties under the jurisdiction of the Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service, it becomes very important to verify and accurately determine where severe weather is occurring. Real time reports to our office can save lives and property. Post storm reports can help help us find severe weather damage, tornado tracks, and verify severe weather warnings.

SKYWARN® training is also available online. This online training should only be used to supplement what is taught at a local NWS SKYWARN® session. Attendance at a local training session is highly encouraged.

 

Local Training Sessions

Most SKYWARN® training sessions are conducted in the Spring to coincide with severe weather season, but other sessions may be offered throughout the year. Scheduled training sessions are free and open to the general public. There is no pre-registration unless specifically noted on the schedule or link.

Please use the calendar tab to find session dates.

  • Flash Flood Alley

Flooding is a top threat in South Central Texas, especially given our location along Flash Flood Alley. The Austin/San Antonio WFO now offers specialized flash flood training sessions, called FloodWarn, across the area. These training sessions focus solely on Flood and Flash Flood issues of the region and discuss the meteorology behind the record flooding that we get here in this part of the state. Most training sessions will last two hours and include flood information from the National Weather Service as well as the local Emergency Management office, River Authority, or other water organization.

Please use the calendar tab to find session dates.