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2018 Storm Spotter Training Schedule

 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Platte, in coordination with county emergency managers, 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 created an all new Advanced Spotter Course this year where we will cover the Dual Polarization Radar Products and basic severe weather forecasting.

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 Kelly Allen.

Additional learning opportunities include: 

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

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. 

February 2018
Day City, State Time Location
15 Thedford 6:30 PM Central

Thedford New Fire Hall Conference Room

  Thomas County   Contact Information: Spencer Burke 308-870-3812
       
22 Ainsworth POSTPONED Til 3/14 7:00 PM Central

Ainsworth Fire Hall

  Brown County   Contact Information: Carl Hart 402-760-2371
       
26

Stapleton

7:00 PM Central Stapleton Court House
  Logan County   Contact Information: Sean Carson 308-636-6037
       
28 Tryon 7:00 PM Central

McPherson County Court House

  McPherson County   Contact Info: Sheriff McConnell 308-587-2445
       
   
March 2018
Day City, State Time Location
1 Gordon (Advanced) 6:30 PM Mountain

Fire Hall

  Sheridan County   Contact Information: Gary Kearns 308-282-0810
       
5 Burwell (Advanced) 6:30 PM Central

High School Commons

  Garfield County   Contact Information: Linda Lewis  308-942-3461
       
6 North Platte 6:00 PM Central

Public Safety Building Conference Room

  Lincoln County   Contact Information: Brandon Myers 308-532-7383
       
7 Newport (Advanced) 6:30 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Rock County   Contact Information: Glenn May 402-760-0735
       
8 Comstock (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Community Center

  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe 308-872-3349
       
12 Taylor 7:00 PM Central

Region 26 Conference Room

  Loup County   Contact Information: Linda Lewis  308-942-3461
       
13 North Platte (Advanced) 6:00 PM Central

Public Safety Building Conference Room

  Lincoln County   Contact Information: Brandon Myers 308-532-7383
       
14

Oshkosh

6:30 PM Mountain Oshkosh Fire Hall
  Garden County   Contact Information: Ron Leal  308-254-7003
       
14 Ainsworth 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Brown County   Contact Information: Carl Hart 402-760-2371
       
15 Merna (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe 308-872-3349
       
20 Oconto (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Oconto Senior Center

  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe 308-872-3349
       
21

Wallace

7:00 PM Central Fire Hall
  Lincoln County   Contact Information: Lynn Swanson 308-387-4307
       
26 Grant 7:00 PM Mountain

Fire Hall

  Perkins County   Contact Information: Rick Dreiling  308-352-6206
       
27 Imperial 7:00 PM Mountain

Emergency Services Building

  Chase County   Contact Information: Duane Dreiling  308-883-1783
       
28 Broken Bow (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact Information: Mark Rempe  308-872-3349
       
28 O'Neill

UPDATED TIME:

2:00 PM Central

NDOT District 8

  Holt County   Contact Information:  Paul Lowe 402-336-2051
       
28 O'Neill (Advanced) 6:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Holt County   Contact Information:  Scott Menish 402-404-0070
       
29 Big Springs 6:30 PM Mountain

Fire Hall

  Deuel County   Contact Information: Ron Leal  308-254-7003
   
April 2018
Day City Time Location
2 Curtis 6:30 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Frontier County   Contact Information: Roger Powell 308-268-5088
       
5 Hayes Center (Advanced) 6:30 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Hayes County   Contact Information: Char Hamilton  308-350-3388
       
5 Brule 6:30 PM Mountain

Fire Hall

  Keith County   Contact Information: Lonnie Olson 308-289-1483  
       

9

Butte (Canceled) 

6:30 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Boyd County    
       
11 Hershey (Advanced) 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Lincoln County   Contact Information: Tim Berntson 308-368-5500
       
12

Hay Springs (Advanced)

9:00 AM Mountain Public Power District
  Sheridan County   Contact Information: Ron Olson 308-638-4445
       
25 Merriman 6:00 PM Mountain

Community Center

  Cherry County   Contact Information: Gary Weaver 402-376-4105
       
26 Valentine 1:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Cherry County   Contact Information: Gary Weaver 402-376-4105
       
26 Valentine 6:00 PM Central Fire Hall
  Cherry County   Contact Information: Gary Weaver 402-376-4105
      -
26 Atkinson Cancelled to be Rescheduled 7:00 PM Central Fire Hall @ 512 E. Pearl
  Holt County   Contact Information: Renee 402-560-7327