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2023 Severe Storm Spotter Training Schedule

No Specialized Experience is Needed - Everyone is Welcome!!

 

The National Weather Service Office in North Platte, Nebraska, will provide both in person and virtual spotter training once again this Spring of 2023.  Please see the schedule below for our latest  spotter training opportunities.  All interested spotters are welcome to attend any one of our spotter talks.  This training is absolutely open to the public. If you have further questions, please contact the Warning Coordination Meteorologist Shawn Jacobs directly.

 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Platte, in coordination with county emergency managers, volunteer fire departments and other local community organizations offer storm spotter classes at several locations to prepare for severe weather season.  If you would like to assist your local community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter and reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service, or if you simply want to learn more about severe weather, consider attending one of our virtual classes. Classes are approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Attendees are taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, the features to look for, and where to find them. What, when and how to report information as well as basic severe weather safety are also covered.

We will also provide an Advanced Spotter Course this year where we will dig deeper into forecasting of a highly impactful severe "wind" event.  We will put you in the "hot seat" as a warning forecaster and test your understanding of the storm spotter process.  You do not need to attend the advanced training to be certified as a storm spotter. 

Photo Courtesy: Michael Charnick - Frontier County (May 2019)

If you have any questions about a class date or location, please call the contact information provided, or visit with your local county emergency manager for scheduling the training. The training is free and may require pre-registration if noted on the date of training. If you have additional questions, email Warning Coordination Meteorologist Shawn Jacobs.

Additional learning opportunities include: 

  1. Weather Spotter's Field Guide - large pdf file which may take a while to download

The schedule of classes is listed below. More dates will be added soon!

2023 NWS North Platte Severe Weather Spotter Training
Date Location Time Contact Basic/Advanced
2/2/23 Bassett - Volunteer Fire Department 6:00 PM Central Brown/Rock County Emergency Management  Combo Basic followed by Advanced
2/11/23 Virtual - See online registration below 7:00 PM Central NWS North Platte Basic
2/23/23 Chappell- Chappell Fire Hall 6:30 PM Mountain  Region 21 Emergency Management Combo Basic followed by Advanced
2/27/23 Virtual - See online registration below 7:00 PM Central NWS North Platte Basic
3/2/23 Burwell - Parish Center, 757 I Street, Burwell 6:30 PM Central Region 26 Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/8/23 Hershey - Fire Hall 7:00PM Central Region 51 Emergency Management Combo- Basic followed by Advanced
3/9/23 Brewster - United Church of Christ, 215 Lincoln Ave, Brewster  6:30 PM Central Region 26 Emergency Management Basic
3/13/23 Grant - Grant Volunteer Fire Department 7:00 PM Mountain Perkins County Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/14/23 Eustis - Eustis Volunteer Fire Department 6:30 PM Central Region 17 Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/15/23 Bartlett - Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department 7:00 PM Central Deputy Emergency Manager - Wheeler County Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/16/23 Taylor - Region 26 EOC 6:30 PM Central Region 26 Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/20/23 Thedford - Thedford Volunteer Fire Department 6:30 PM Central Region 26 Emergency Management Basic
3/21/23 North Platte - North Platte Community College North Campus 1101 Halligan Dr. 7:00 PM Central Region 51 Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/21/23 Johnstown - Fair Grounds 7:00 PM Central Brown/Rock County Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/22/23 Valentine - Valentine Volunteer Fire Hall 2:00 PM Central Cherry County Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/22/23 Valentine - Niobrara National Scenic River  Visitor Center 214 US-20, Valentine 6:00 PM Central Cherry County Emergency Management or Niobrara National Scenic River Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
3/23/23 Ainsworth -  Ainsworth Connection 224 N Main Street, Ainsworth 6:00 PM Central Brown/Rock County Emergency Management Basic
4/10/23 Oshkosh - Wesleyan Church 17769 HWY 26 6:30 PM Mountain Region 17 Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
4/11/23 Ansley, 502 Division Street, Ansley 6:30 PM Central Custer County Emergency Management Basic
4/12/23 Tryon - Fire Hall 7:00 PM Central McPherson County Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
4/13/23 Broken Bow, 1249 South G Street, Broken Bow 6:30 PM Central Custer County Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
4/20/23 Stapleton - Stapleton Fire Hall 7:00 PM Central Logan County Emergency Management Combo - Basic Followed by Advanced
4/24/23 Springview - Springview Fire Hall 7:00 PM Central Keya Paha County Deputy EM Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
4/26/23  Gordon/Rushvillle - TBD 6:30 PM Mountain Region 23 Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advanced
4/27/23 Hay Springs - Northwest Rural Electric 9:00 AM Mountain Region 23 Emergency Management Combo - Basic followed by Advance

 

Virtual Spotter Talk Registration

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3252887987039783005

 

 

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