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2019 Spring Spotter Class Schedule


Weather spotters are one of the greatest resources for the National Weather Service during severe weather season. Your reports give the ground truth we need to accurately interpret the myriad of weather data available. Weather spotter reports gave us minute-by-minute information on deadly baseball size hail and damaging straight-line winds during one of the most destructive thunderstorms of last summer, which struck on July 29th, 2018. Information from weather spotters played a key role in weather briefings for law enforcement and emergency managers, as well as updates provided on social media. This storm provides just one example of what happens on most days during severe weather season: NWS meteorologists, storm spotters, the media, emergency managers, and local emergency responders working together to ensure our communities remain safe when dangerous weather approaches.

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 2019 will be held Monday, February 25th in St. Francis, Kansas. Classes will continue most weekday evenings through March until the final class on Wednesday, April 3rd in Norton, Kansas.

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, consider attending one of these classes. All classes will last approximately 2 hours.

The 2019 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
  • A brief discussion from county officials about the actions they take from your reports
  • Real-time response polling throughout the presentation

These real-time, anonymous polls will help us gain an understanding of what areas may need a little more discussion. Based on your feedback, we will be able to talk about the topics more, helping you help us to provide the best information for your communities.

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. This is exactly what occurred on July 29th, 2018 when zero lives were lost during a dangerous situation. 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!