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2020 Spring Spotter Class Schedule



Weather spotters are one of the greatest resources for the National Weather Service during severe weather season.  Our radar and satellite technology continue to improve, however these instruments only tell us part of the story.  Your reports complete the picture that our weather instruments are showing us.  Without reports from our weather spotters, our mission to protect lives and property would be hindered.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Goodland, Kansas is once again offering storm spotter classes in all 19 counties across the Tri-State Region. The first class of 2020 will be held Monday, February 24th in Palisade, NE. Classes will continue most weekday evenings through April until the final class on Monday, April 20th in Idalia, CO.  All classes will start at 6:30 PM local time, except for the final class in Idalia, CO which will start at 10 AM MT.

These interesting and informative classes are open to the public of all ages and offered free of charge. If you would like to serve your local community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter, or if you simply want to learn more about severe weather on the High Plains, we look forward to seeing you at one of these classes. All classes will last approximately 2 hours.

The 2020 Spotter Talks will include:

  • New storm structure pictures and videos
  • Important cloud types and clarity on confusing ones
  • New videos to illustrate proper weather safety
  • Distinguishing tornadoes from their look-alikes
  • Participate in a weather spotter simulation

In the end, please remember this: your reports help save lives in your community. Any information you provide will help us protect you, your family, your neighbors, and your friends. Check out the calendar below for the date and location of a spotter talk near you! Call 785-899-7119 with any questions about spotter classes, content, and locations.



All classes are at 630 PM Local Time! (except the Idalia class which is at 10 AM MT)

Click the county name for more information.