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Current Spotter & Observer Training

NWS Spokane works with county emergency managers and officials throughout eastern Washington and north Idaho to organize and schedule weather spotter and observer training classes. The training sessions are free and all are welcome. We concentrate on the Spring and Fall seasons for training. The training seminars are around 1 to 1.5 hours and include information on NWS products and services and the role of a NWS volunteer. A question and answer period will be available at the end of class, along with a seasonal outlook. You will be asked to register as a weather spotter or observer after class. 

We provide opportunities for each class. You only need to take one class (Basic or Advanced weather spotter, if interested). We offer in-person classes upon request. Virtual training will require a computer or device with internet access and you will need to register in advance.   

Upcoming  What Time Register
TBD - Fall 2024      

If you are unable to attend a training session, feel free to check out these online training videos as your leisure.

**Recorded Online Spotter Training**

After viewing the training & want to register to be a weather spotter,
please complete this online Spotter Sign-Up form or contact NWS Spokane.