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Severe Storms Possible in the South; Southwest Critical Fire Weather Threats

Severe storms with large to very large hail, damaging winds, a couple of tornadoes, and heavy rain that could cause flash flooding may develop across the eastern South Plains to the Deep South. Dry, gusty winds in the Southwest will keep fire weather threats critical. Elevated fire weather threats also in portions of the East. Cool and snowy in the Northern Tier states and West mountains. 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