National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Storm Spotter Training 2023

 

We will be scheduling both in-person and virtual training sessions this spring, and classes will be posted in the calendar below as they are scheduled.

 

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 all the classes listed below are open to the public.  The virtual training will require a preregistration.  Choose the session that you'd like to attend, click the registration link, and complete the information requested to register.  The in-person classes require no preregistration.
 
 
Contact WCM Ed Calianese for any questions.
 

 

February 2023
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Wednesday 1        
Thursday 2        
Friday 3        
Saturday 4        
Sunday 5        
Monday 6        
Tuesday 7 Craig Vinita 630 pm Community Center/Fairgrounds
Wednesday 8        
Thursday 9 Franklin Ozark 630 pm Arkansas Tech Ozark Campus Collegiate Center
Friday 10        
Saturday 11        
Sunday 12        
Monday 13 Okmulgee Okmulgee 700 pm Creek Nation Mound Building
Tuesday 14        
Wednesday 15        
Thursday 16 Ottawa Miami 630 pm Civic Center
Friday 17        
Saturday 18 McIntosh Eufaula 900 am Texanna Fire Station 1
Sunday 19        
Monday 20        
Tuesday 21 Mayes TBD TBD TBD
Wednesday 22        
Thursday 23 Okfuskee Okemah 700 pm Okemah Fire Station
Friday 24        
Saturday 25 Washington Bartlesville 900 am TBD
Sunday 26        
Monday  27        
Tuesday 28        
           

 

March 2023
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Wednesday 1        
Thursday 2         
Friday 3        
Saturday 4        
Sunday 5        
Monday 6        
Tuesday 7 Crawford Van Buren TBD EOC, 1820 Chestnut Street
Wednesday 8        
Thursday 9 Muskogee Muskogee TBD Civic Center
Friday 10        
Saturday 11 Tulsa Tulsa 900 am OSU Tulsa, Auditorium
Sunday 12        
Monday 13        
Tuesday 14 Sebastian Fort Smith 600 pm Ben Geren Storm Shelter
Wednesday 15        
Thursday 16 Sequoyah Sallisaw 630 pm EOC, 108 E Chickasaw
Friday 17        
Saturday 18        
Sunday 19        
Monday  20        
Tuesday 21        
Wednesday 22 Benton TBD 630 pm TBD
Thursday 23        
Friday 24        
Saturday 25        
Sunday 26        
Monday 27        
Tuesday 28        
Wednesday 29        
Thursday  30        
Friday  31        

 

April 2023
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Saturday 1        
Sunday 2         
Monday 3 Delaware Kansas 600 pm Northeast Tech Center
Tuesday 4        
Wednesday 5        
Thursday 6        
Friday  7