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Winter Outlook: NOAA Forecasters Predict Above-Average Precipitation for Michigan

Michigan will likely be in a battleground between warm and cold air this winter, giving us equal chances for above-, near-, or below-normal temperatures. Odds favor frequent storm systems which in total will provide above-normal precipitation (combined rain & snow-water). Read More >

We appreciate your interest in becoming a trained weather spotter.  Coordination of weather spotters and community volunteer groups is performed by individual counties.  We suggest that you contact your county emergency management office for more information on how to become involved with any volunteer groups in your area.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Grand Rapids is responsible for the Skywarn program in the following Michigan counties:

  • Allegan
  • Barry
  • Calhoun
  • Clare
  • Clinton
  • Eaton
  • Gratiot
  • Ingham
  • Ionia
  • Isabella
  • Jackson
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kent
  • Lake
  • Mason
  • Mecosta
  • Montcalm
  • Muskegon
  • Newaygo
  • Oceana
  • Osceola
  • Ottawa
  • Van Buren

Weather Spotter Training Information

Our in-person spotter training classes are conducted around lower Michigan from late February through April each yer.  Please keep an eye on our web page https://www.weather.gov/grandrapids after the first of the year for the course schedule.  In the meantime, the link below will take you to a free online course that will introduce you to the basics of weather spotting.