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Persistent Rainy and Windy Conditions in the Northwest; Fire Weather Threats in Southern California

Soggy conditions with potential for minor river flooding and isolated landslides in western Washington, powerful winds as high as 100 mph across for parts of Montana will continue. Santa Ana winds will keep fire weather threats elevated. Breezy and cold conditions in northeastern Alaska may produce wind chills as low as minus 70 degrees F. Read More >

Storm Spotter Training 2021

Spotter training will take place virtually this spring season. 


Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials, and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.
Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor. The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes, but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, severe weather reporting, and important safety considerations.
The training is free, and since this year's training is virtual, it requires a preregistration.  The seminars listed below are open to the public.  Choose the session that you'd like to attend, click the registration link, and complete the information requested to register.
Contact WCM Ed Calianese for any questions.


Date Time Registration Link
Tue, February 23rd 630 pm Completed
Thu, February 25th 630 pm Completed
Mon, March 1st 630 pm Completed
Thu, March 4th 630 pm Completed
Tue, March 9th 630 pm Completed
Thu, March 11th 630 pm Completed
Mon, March 15th 630 pm Completed
Thu, March 18th 630 pm Completed
Mon, March 22nd 630 pm Completed
Mon, March 29th 630 pm Completed