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Stormy Weather in the West will Spread East

An active and complex weather pattern is in store this weekend through next week, as multiple storms track from West Coast to East Coast. Rain and high elevation snow is expected across California, Great Basin, Southwest, and the Central/Southern Rockies. A storm system will bring snow to the Midwest, with a heavy swath of snow possible across southern Minnesota. Read More >

2020 Storm Spotter Training Schedule

No Specialized Experience is Needed - Everyone is Welcome!!


Important, please read!  Out of an abundance of caution and to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all National Weather Service offices have cancelled all in person Severe Weather Spotter Classes.  The National Weather Service Office in North Platte, Nebraska, will provide virtual spotter training.  Please see the schedule below for our latest online spotter training opportunities.  All interested spotters are welcome to attend any one of our virtual spotter courses, provided that you are a resident in the NWS North Platte service area.  Please pre-register for the virtual spotter courses in the link below.  Once registered, you will receive information on how to gain access to these courses.  The National Weather Service in North Platte apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciates your understanding.  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 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 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
Online pre-registration please click here

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. 

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