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Upcoming 2021 Online Storm Spotter Training Presentations

The 2021 storm spotter training season will all be virtual again this spring.  Sessions will run about an hour and 30 minutes long with question and answer afterwards, which can last from 30-60 minutes.  The training will cover the main details of what information is needed for the local storm spotters. For those that can not attend the live training, we will also record the training and share that after the season.  Check back later in the winter for webinar times.

Directions For Attending:

  1. YOU MUST REGISTER by clicking on the link to the class you wish to attend listed above and providing your name, email address, city, and state in order to participate.

  2. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with another link to "Join Webinar." Do not click this link until 10-15 minutes before the date and time of your webinar. 

  3. Upon clicking this link, you will be automatically prompted to download an executable GoToWebinar applet. This is NOT a virus or malware, but a legitimate request. You will not be able to join the webinar unless you download the applet.

  4. After downloading the applet, you will be prompted to choose one of two audio options. You can use your computer's audio or use the telephone. If you choose the phone option, the provided number will not be a local number and you may need to enter an audio pin (provided after joining the webinar). 

Date Time Registration Link
Thursday, April 9th 1:00pm to 2:30pm 188 attendees!
Tuesday, April 14th 7:00pm to 8:30pm 302 attendees!
Monday, April 20th 10:00am to 11:30am 152 attendees!
Wednesday, April 22nd 7:00pm to 8:30pm 251 attendees!
Friday, April 24th 1:00pm to 2:30pm 213 attendees!


If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled webinars, you can view a 6 part recorded series, which will be similar to what is presented in the webinars.

To view the playlist, please go to the following link:  Click Here


In-person spotter training has been cancelled for 2020.

Click on class to see details (map, registration details).

Surrounding NWS Office Spotter Schedules:

Additional spotter training sessions are being offered by local Skywarn spotter groups.  Please visit the following links to see their schedules:

Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association (MASA):

Midwest Severe Storm Tracking Response Center (Midwest SSTRC):

April 13-17, 2020 - Wisconsin Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week
Tornado Drill Day is Thursday, April 16, 2020 but will be a virtual drill this year

Contact Tim Halbach, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NWS Milwaukee, for more information on storm spotter training.