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Coastal Storm Drifts Away From Southeast and Mid-Atlantic; Fire Weather Concerns Remain In Southern California

A strong storm is forecast to drift away from coastal sections of the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic today but a number of hazards remain in effect, from gusty winds to a variety of marine issues. The storm will bypass the Northeast on Monday, while producing coastal rain and interior frozen precipitation. Meanwhile, elevated to critical fire weather threats remain in effect across southern California. Read More >

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Online spotter training available: The Cooperative Operational Meteorology Education and Training (COMET) offers an online Skywarn® Spotter Training course in two sections: "Role of the Skywarn® Spotter" and "Skywarn® Spotter Convective Basics". The course is designed for people interested in becoming storm spotters.  While previously-trained Skywarn® spotters are not required to take it, it does provides additional background material not covered in the local classes. The course is free and each section takes one to two hours to complete. People interested in becoming spotters for the National Weather Service can notify our office after completing the training.

No more classes will be held this year. Check this page again in late March 2020.  

If you have questions or want additional information, contact the Rapid City NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist.