National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Thunderstorms and Flooding Along the Gulf Coast; Winter Returns in the Central Rockies

A stalled front along the west-central Gulf Coast will contribute to a few severe thunderstorms and heavy rain with flooding over the next couple of days. Meanwhile, a vigorous system will produce heavy snow across the central Rockies into the High Plains the next few days. Finally, critical fire weather conditions are expected across the Four Corners region through Thursday. Read More >

Storm spotters help their local communities and the National Weather Service make critical warning decisions when dangerous storms threaten. Each year NWS Norman conducts dozens of spotter training classes in local communities. Our presentation, which includes slides, pictures, and video, lasts about 2 hours including breaks. The class focuses on the weather knowledge that is vital to city, police and fire officials, and other local storm spotter groups looking to serve their community. However, the classes are usually open to the public as well, and the National Weather Service welcomes storm reports from anyone who has enough interest to become trained in the basics of weather safety and storm spotting.

With the creation of an online presentation that you can view at work or at home, it just became easier than ever to learn the basics! If you are unable to attend a class, or just want to review concepts, this online training course is for you.

The course is divided into five segments that will allow you to review them at your own pace or to focus on a particular topic of interest. These modules will not replace the live training sessions, but they will give you the very basic information you need to safely observe storms and make good reports.

In the future we hope to expand the training to include additional education on severe weather, so if you have ideas or suggestions, please let us know at sr-oun.spotter@noaa.gov, and thanks!

You can also find more training resources and references here.

1. Introduction
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Introduction
2. Staying Safe
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Staying Safe
   
3. Indentifying Key Features
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Indentifying Key Features
4. Wall Clouds, Funnel Clouds and Tornadoes
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Wall Clouds, Funnel Clouds and Tornadoes
   
5. Scary Looking Clouds
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Scary Looking Clouds
6. Storm Spotting at Night
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Storm Spotting at Night
   
7. Storm Motion and Spotter Positioning
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Storm Motion and Spotter Positioning
8. Reporting
NWS Norman Storm Spotter Training Video - Reporting