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Spotter Training Schedule

The National Weather Service relies on trained volunteers to supplement doppler radar information when severe storms and tornadoes threaten. These dedicated individuals volunteer their time to learn about and detect severe weather. Their valuable cooperation is important in the warning process. Weather reports from trained spotters are used along with doppler radar data to issue warnings of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods. Below are training videos from the Weather Forecast Office in Norman, OK. The focus of these videos is a bit more specialized, discussing topics such as identifying key features of a severe thunderstorm, wall clouds, tornadoes, storm motion, etc. Wyoming's severe weather season can be relatively short, so refreshing your knowledge on severe storms can sometimes be helpful. Please view these at your leisure!
skywarn Severe Weather Spotter Talk Schedule

Below is a listing of upcoming severe weather spotter talks...


July, 2015 
Day City, State Time Location
07 Afton, WY
(Lincoln County)
6:00pm MDT Afton Civic Center
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 Introduction  Staying Safe
Identifying Key Features Wall Clouds and Tornadoes
Rotating Wall Cloud Scary Looking Clouds
Night Spotting Power Flash
Night Spotting - Tornado Storm Motion and Positioning
Reporting El Reno: Lessons from the Most Dangerous Tornado in Storm Observing History