National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Storm Spotter Training 2022


We have concluded the spotter training for this spring for eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.


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
Thu, February 24th 630 pm Cancelled
Mon, February 28th 630 pm Completed
Thu, March 3rd 630 pm Completed
Mon, March 7th 630 pm Completed
Wed, March 9th 630 pm Completed
Mon, March 14th 630 pm Completed
Tue, March 22nd 630 pm Completed
Thu, March 24th 630 pm Completed
Mon, March 28th 630 pm Completed
Tue, March 29th 630 pm Completed