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Every year, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks which are open to the general public. Presentations are typically around 90 minutes long and given by a meteorologist from our office, focusing on severe storm safety, preparedness, and awareness in addition to accurate identification of storm features.

While attending a talk we provide you with our contact information. We encourage everyone to call the NWS once it is safe to do so in order to pass along critical information about any severe weather you experience. We may also call you at your home after the severe weather has passed to inquire about possible damage or hail size.

In addition to attending a talk, please complete an online training class!

This training is focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. We strongly encourage all county spotters and others who are interested in becoming spotters to complete this training as an introduction into basic spotting concepts. This training takes around two hours and is split into two modules.

Below you will find a calendar of scheduled talks for 2019 in the NWS Topeka coverage area, which includes northeast, east central and north central Kansas. If you are interested in attending a talk, please click on the calendar below for a display of locations and dates. When you see your county listed, click on the event to see the details including venue and addresses. This calendar will continue to be updated, so if you do not see a talk scheduled in your county yet, please be patient. We appreciate your interest!


Want More Training?

Additional valuable online spotter training videos can be found via the NWS Norman website.

Looking for more advanced material? Check out the Advanced Storm Spotter Training Webinar!

Not enough....want more? College-level materials can be found at the Storm Prediction Center.

Finally, a reference guide is available for download. (Español)