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Severe Weather and Flash Flooding Expected This Weekend

There will be a threat for severe weather Saturday evening through Sunday morning as a storm system moves across the area. The greatest area of concern will be along and north of I-20, where the best potential for damaging wind gusts and tornadoes should exist. The potential for heavy downpours from this afternoon into the weekend raises concerns for additional flash flood potential. Read More >

 

Schedule a Course For Your Area!

If you are planning on attending one of the spotter training courses, please call the number (if given) to register. Please call (601) 936-2189 to schedule a spotter training course for your county or community. Sessions typically last for one to two hours, and cover the basics of how to detect severe weather and relay severe weather information.


Date Time County/Parish City/State Location Contact Information
February 27, 2018 6:00 PM Lauderdale County Meridian, MS Southeast Lauderdale High School
2363 Long Creek Road
Scott Spears
601-482-9852
March 06, 2018 6:00 PM Franklin Parish Winnsboro, LA Franklin Parish Sheriff Office Annex
6561 Main Street
Mitch Reynolds
318-435-4505
March 12, 2018 6:30 PM Chicot County Dermott, AR Dermott Fire Department
200 North Main Street
Damond Coffey
870-538-7886
March 17, 2018 10:00 AM Adams County Natchez, MS Adams County Community Safe Room
323 Liberty Road
Robert Bradford
601-442-7021
March 19, 2018 6:00 PM Bolivar County Cleveland, MS Bolivar County EOC
200 South Court Street
Bill Quinton
662-843-2300
March 19, 2018 6:00 PM Warren County Vicksburg, MS Goldies BBQ
2430 South Frontage Road
Malcom Keown
601-636-0827
March 22, 2018 9:00 AM Claiborne County Port Gibson, MS Claiborne County EOC
2033 Highway 18
Marvin Ratliff
601-437-1565
March 27, 2018 5:30 PM Morehouse Parish Bastrop, LA LSU Ag. Building
9609 Marlatt Street
James Mardis
318-281-4141

  Unless otherwise noted, spotter training courses are open to the general public.


 

 
 
 

 

 

SKYWARNTM Facts

SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, and amateur radio operators. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS.

In addition to serving as a community's first line of defense against dangerous storms, spotters provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions. SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS vital ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform our primary mission, to save lives and property.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson maintains communications with area emergency managers, law enforcement and spotters who report via amateur radio during severe or adverse weather events.

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