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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
March 05, 2020 10:00 AM Hinds County Jackson, MS MS National Guard Joint Force HQ
1410 Riverside Drive
Matt Martin
March 11, 2020 6:00 PM Choctaw County Ackerman, MS Choctaw County Courthouse
22 Quinn Street
Brent McKnight
March 16, 2020 6:30 PM Warren County Vicksburg, MS Goldies Trail BBQ
2430 South Frontage Road
Malcolm Keown
March 30, 2020 6:00 PM Bolivar County Cleveland, MS Bolivar County Emergency Operations Center
114 South Street
Michael Lamb

  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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