National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Storm Spotter Training 2018

 

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, and important safety considerations.
 
The training is free and requires no preregistration. The meetings listed below are open to the public.
 
For additional information contact:

Ed Calianese
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

10159 East 11th Street, Suite 300
Tulsa, OK  74128
918-838-7838
e-mail: ed.calianese@noaa.gov

 

January 2018
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Monday 1        
Tuesday 2        
Wednesday 3        
Thursday 4        
Friday 5        
Saturday 6        
Sunday 7        
Monday 8        
Tuesday 9        
Wednesday 10        
Thursday 11        
Friday 12        
Saturday 13        
Sunday 14        
Monday 15        
Tuesday 16        
Wednesday 17        
Thursday 18        
Friday 19        
Saturday 20        
Sunday 21        
Monday 22        
Tuesday 23 Franklin Charleston 7:00 pm Community Center
Wednesday 24        
Thursday 25 Pushmataha Antlers 7:00 pm Choctaw Community Center
Friday 26        
Saturday 27        
Sunday 28        
Monday 29        
Tuesday 30 Tulsa Sand Springs 7:00 pm Case Community Center
Wednesday 31 Cherokee Tahlequah 7:00 pm NSU Science Building, Room 160

 

February 2018
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Thursday 1 Tulsa Sperry 7:00 pm Sperry Christian Church, 208 W Main
Friday 2        
Saturday 3        
Sunday 4        
Monday 5 Crawford Van Buren 7:00 pm EOC, 1820 Chesnut Street
Tuesday 6 Wagoner Wagoner 7:00 pm Civic Center, 301 S Grant Avenue
Wednesday 7        
Thursday 8 Delaware Grove 7:00 pm Grove Community Center
Friday 9        
Saturday 10        
Sunday 11        
Monday 12 Delaware Grove 7:00 pm Seneca-Cayuga Community Building
Tuesday 13 Latimer Wilburton 7:00 pm High School Cafeteria
Wednesday 14        
Thursday 15 Pittsburg McAlester 7:00 pm Pittsburg County EOC
Friday 16        
Saturday 17        
Sunday 18        
Monday 19 Benton Siloam Springs 7:00 pm High School
Tuesday 20 Mayes Pryor 6:00 pm RSU Pryor Campus Auditorium
Wednesday 21        
Thursday 22 McIntosh Eufaula 7:00 pm Canceled
Friday 23        

Saturday

Saturday

24

24

Tulsa

Washington

Tulsa

Bartlesville

9:00 am

9:00 am

OU Schusterman Center Auditorium

Arvest Eastside Community Room

Sunday 25        

Monday

Monday

26

26

Ottawa

Okmulgee

Miami

Okmulgee

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

Coleman Theatre Community Room

Green Country Technology Center

Tuesday 27 Le Flore Poteau 6:00 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 28        

 

March 2018
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Thursday 1 Sequoyah Sallisaw 6:30 pm EOC, 108 Chickasaw
Friday 2         
Saturday 3        
Sunday 4        
Monday 5 Tulsa Broken Arrow 7:00 pm Central Park Community Center

Tuesday

6

Choctaw

Hugo

6:00 pm

Kiamichi Technology Center

Wednesday 7 Haskell Stigler 6:00 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Thursday 8 Creek Drumright 6:30 pm Central Technology Center
Friday 9        
Saturday 10        
Sunday 11        
Monday 12 Sebastian Fort Smith 6:00 pm EOC, 8400 Zero Street
Tuesday 13 Muskogee Muskogee 7:00 pm Connors State College, Lecture Hall
Wednesday 14 Benton Bentonville 7:00 pm NWACC, Walmart Auditorium
Thursday 15 Craig Vinita 6:30 pm Community Center
Friday 16        
Saturday 17        
Sunday 18        
Monday 19 Okfuskee Okemah 6:30 pm City Hall
Tuesday 20 Pawnee Maramec 6:30 pm Fire Department
Wednesday 21        
Thursday 22        
Friday 23        
Saturday 24        
Sunday 25        
Monday 26        
Tuesday 27 Washington Fayetteville 6:30 pm U of A PD Training Room
Wednesday 28        
Thursday 29 Osage Pawhuska 6:30 pm County Fairgrounds
Friday 30        
Saturday 31        

 


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