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2020 Storm Spotter Training Schedule

No Specialized Experience is Needed - Everyone is Welcome!!


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 classes. Classes are normally held in the evening and last approximately 1:30 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 also will continue to provide an Advanced Spotter Course this year where we will cover various severe weather forecasting techniques.

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 preregistration 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

As classes are scheduled they will be added below. In the event weather impacts a training date or changes are made check back for updates or changes to scheduled classes. 

See the Schedule on ESRI Maps

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Note: We will NOT distribute this information outside our office.

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