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Severe Weather for Portions of Montana and Plains; Great Plains into Midwest Warm Up

Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected in Montana and the Plains today. Heavy rain may cause localized flash flooding in the northern Plains into the upper Midwest and lower Mississippi Valley. Critical fire weather conditions will persist across the Great Basin and interior Alaska into early week. Heat will build for the Plains, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and Great Lakes into Monday. Read More >


Online SKYWARN Spotter Classes

We offer sets of ONLINE Basic Spotter Courses and a single Advanced Spotter Course each year, usually around March and November. These online classes are FREE, and allow individuals to complete the course(s) in the comfort of their own home or office using GoToMeeting. By attending any course, which runs about 2 hours, an individual (or a group of individuals) will become a SKYWARN Spotter(s). To see when these classes will be held, scroll down or click hereIn following COVID-19 guidelines, we are not conducting in-person classes at this time.

Unless you'd like to or are in need of a refresher (which we recommend), you do not have to attend more than one Basic SKYWARN Course, as the material covered is the same; however, we require you to attend at least one Basic SKYWARN Course before taking the Advanced SKYWARN Course. These courses are two-way, meaning you will be able to interact with the meteorologist leading the training. You will be muted while training is in-progress, but you may use the built-in chat feature to ask questions.

If you would like to review our spotter training at any time, recorded versions are available below!



How to Attend an Online SKYWARN Spotter Class

To avoid being hurried, give yourself at least 15 minutes prior to
the start of the class to complete the following: 


  1. Via the schedule below, register by clicking the link
    corresponding to the class you'd like to attend.

  2. Select the 'join webinar' button on the registration page or
    in your confirmation email and follow the prompts.

  3. Enjoy the class and ask questions. 


Additional SKYWARN Learning Material

Though not a requirement, as a warm up to the spotter classes, NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge would like those who plan on attending the online classes, or even our locally scheduled classes, to view the following FREE online training modules:


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The "Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter" module is used to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple scenarios covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and storm report criteria), safety considerations for all hazards, and an overview of the national program and its history. The "SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics" module will guide users to a basic understanding of convective storms. Through three different scenarios, you will cover reporting and proper communication of local storm reports to the National Weather Service (NWS), personal safety during these events, and field identification of convective storm hazards. After completing the scenarios, you will be given the opportunity to practice identifying storm features from a spectrum of photos.


NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge SKYWARN Newsletters:

2022 Edition (Released 12/2/21)



Your Latest SKYWARN Spotter Class Schedule

Online Classes

        (No virtual classes scheduled at this time)



Class Registration Link




TBD means To Be Determined.
Classes are ~2 to 3 hours long unless otherwise indicated

All times are Central unless otherwise noted.



On-site Classes






June 16, 2022

9:30-11:30 AM

Basic Skywarn Course

Harrison County, MS

Harrison County EMA

1801 23rd Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39501

TBD means To Be Determined.
Classes are ~2 to 3 hours long unless otherwise indicated

All times are Central unless otherwise noted.



2022 Basic SKYWARN Recording:

2022 Advanced SKYWARN Recording:




SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, amateur radio operators, and the public. SKYWARN storm spotters provide important ground truth information to NWS warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions during severe weather, and help the NWS perform its primary mission to save lives and property.

Note: This is not storm chaser training. A storm spotter is a volunteer service that is conducted primarily from fixed locations such as from home, work, or around your community. The National Weather Service does not endorse or encourage the use of storm spotter training for storm chasing.

SKYWARN name and logo are trademarked: SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA's National Weather Service.  Please read the rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo.


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