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A Variety Of Weather Hazards To Start Off The Week

In central Florida, ongoing major to record river flooding across a couple of river basins is expected to continue well into this week and will be slow to recede in the wake of Ian. Locally heavy to excessive rain is possible along the immediate Mid-Atlantic coast. Elevated fire weather conditions are expected in the central Plains. It will be warm in the Northwest and the Plains. Read More >


Severe Storm Spotter Training


January 30, 2022 Update:  Spotter training sessions are listed below in the calendar.  Many of the training sessions are in-person sessions.  There are also virtual sessions as well.  Most of the virtual sessions are held during the evening time using Goto Webinar.  You can register for one of the sessions by clicking on the Gotowebinar link posted on the calendar dates below. 





(YouTube Spotter Talk - 11 minutes)


‚ÄčThe class provides a basic understanding of thunderstorm structure, spotting techniques, reporting criteria, safety information and procedures. If you have any questions concerning the spotter training sessions offered by the National Weather Service, please email Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist. The video above are highlights of topics that will be covered in the presentations. There are also online spotter courses that are available from the link below as well as an online field guide and cloud chart that can be downloaded for free.

  • Additional classes may be added. Please check back for updates.
  • All classes last around 1 1/2 hours.
  • Classes are free and open to the public.
  • Classes are appropriate for all ages. Ages 10 and up will likely get the most out of the training.
  • Pre-registration is NOT required unless specifically noted for a particular class.  
  • Classes are scheduled in collaboration with county emergency management officials.
  • You may attend a class in any location, offered by any NWS office, regardless of where you live.  

Weather Spotter's Field Guide - pdf file 

Skywatcher Cloud Chart - pdf file

Skywarn Spotter Online Training Modules