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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. 

February 2020
Day City, State Time Location
6 North Platte 7:00 PM Central Public Safety Building - 715 S. Jeffers St. North Platte
  Lincoln County  

Contact: Lincoln County EM  308-532-7383

       
10 Taylor 7:00 PM Central

Region 26 Emergency Management - 402 4th Street, Taylor NE

  Loup County   Contact: Linda Lewis 308-942-3461
       
18 Imperial 7:00 PM Mountain

Emergency Services Building, Imperial, Nebraska

  Chase County   Contact: Duane Dreilings 308-883-1783
       
20

Thedford

7:00 PM Central Thedford Volunteer Fire Department
  Thomas County   Contact: Linda Lewis 308-942-3461
       
25 Grant 7:00 PM Mountain

Grant Fire Hall

  Perkins County   Contact: Fred Reichert (Grant FD)
       
26 Purdum 6:30 PM Central

Purdum Church

  Blaine County   Contact: Linda Lewis 308-942-3461
March 2020
Day City, State Time Location
3 Bassett 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Rock County   Contact: Glenn May 402-760-0735
       
9 Anselmo 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact: Mark Rempe 308-872-3349
       
10 Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis 7:00 PM Central

Education Center - NCTA - Curtis

 

  Frontier County   Contact: Erika 308-367-5247
       
11 Hershey 7:00 PM Central Hershey Fire Hall
  Lincoln County   Contact: NWS
       
12 Hay Springs 6:00 PM Mountain Hay Springs Fire Hall
  Sheridan County   Contact: Holly Scherbarth 308-430-1315
       
16 Springview 7:00 PM Central Fire Hall
  Keya Paha County   Contact: Tim Wyrick 402-382-8700
       
17 Ansley 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact: Mark Rempe 308-872-3349
       
18 Wallace 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Lincoln County   Contact: Lynn Swanson (Fire Department)
       
24 Burwell 6:30 PM Central Burwell Jr/Sr High School
  Garfield County   Contact: Linda Lewis 308-942-3461
       
25 Callaway 7:00 PM Central

Callaway Fire Hall

  Custer County   Contact: Mark Rempe 308-872-3349
       
26 Big Springs 6:30 PM Mountain Big Springs Fire Department
  Deuel County   Contact: Ron Leal 308-249-1310
       
30 Hayes Center 7:00 PM Central

Hayes Center Fire Hall

  Hayes County   Contact Information: NWS
       
31 Broken Bow 7:00 PM Central Broken Bow Fire Department
  Custer County   Contact: Mark Rempe 308-872-3349
April 2020
Day City Time Location
6 Atkinson 7:00 PM Central Atkinson Fire Department
  Holt County   Contact: Deb Hilker 402-340-5664
       
7 Tryon 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  McPherson County   Contact: NWS
       
13 Sutherland 6:30 PM Central Sutherland Fire Department
  Lincoln County   Contact: Todd Hanneman 308-386-8661
       
14 Oshkosh 6:30 PM Mountain Garden County Fire Department
  Garden County   Contact: Ron Leal 308-249-1310
       
15 Valentine 2:00 PM Central Valentine Fire Hall
  Cherry County   Contact: Gary Weaver 402-376-4105
       
15 Valentine 6:30 PM Central Valentine Fire Hall
  Cherry County   Contact: Gary Weaver 402-376-4105
       
16 Bartlett 7:00 PM Central

Fire Hall

  Wheeler County   Contact: Doug Reiter 308-750-1070
       
21 Mullen 7:00 PM Mountain

Fire Hall

  Hooker County   Contact: Sheriff's Office
       
27 O'Neill 7:00 PM Central O'Neill Fire Department
  Holt County   Contact: Deb Hilker 402-340-5664