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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
October 22, 2019 6:00 PM Oktibbeha County Starkville, MS 39759 Oktibbeha County EMA
106 W Main Street
Kristen Campanella
October 24, 2019 6:00 PM Hinds County Jackson, MS Hinds County Eudora Welty Library
300 North State Street
Robin Garrard
October 29, 2019 6:00 PM Rankin County Brandon, MS Rankin County Emergency Management
601 Marquette Road
Brian Grantham
November 07, 2019 6:00 PM Grenada County Grenada, MS 38901 Grenada County EOC
370 Van Dorn Street
Trebia Rodgers

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






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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