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Near Matt Warner Reservoir, Uintah County, Utah. Photo courtesy: Alisa & Nate Reynolds

Would you like to be part of a group that provides real-time storm reports, including heavy rainfall reports, to the National Weather Service (NWS) that helps forecasters with warning decisions for flash floods and other severe weather threats?

Or are you simply interested in learning more about severe weather and weather safety?

If you answer “Yes” to either question, then our free storm spotter training classes are designed for you!

Although you do not have to become a volunteer storm spotter if you attend the training, attendance of a Basic Spotter class (2 hours) is requested for all who volunteer to be a NWS storm spotter. When offered, the Advanced Spotter class is a 1 hour session and is optional for volunteers.

Volunteer storm spotters simply report severe and significant weather on a timely basis. There is no requirement for storm spotters to always be available, as some data is better than no data! And all storm spotters are provided a free rain gauge by the NWS.

Storm spotter training classes are posted as they become scheduled, and are offered in the spring and summer months each year. CLICK HERE for the 2018 classes being offered so far in eastern Utah and western Colorado. The next scheduled storm spotter training will be held in Vernal, Utah on the evening of September 26th on the Third Floor of the Public Safety Complex at 641 East 300 South.  Basic Training from 6 PM to 8 PM, followed by optional Advanced Training from 8 PM to 9 PM. 

Again, these classes are free and open to the public.

Except where explicitly stated, there is no RSVP needed to attend a storm spotter class.

For more information, contact the Grand Junction NWS forecast office: or 970-243-7007  *****************************************************************************************

Storm Spotter Training provided in cooperation with:
County Emergency Management agencies, and

Community Collaborative Rain Hail & Snow network