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Severe Weather for High Plains into the Upper Midwest; Fire Weather in West

Severe storms are possible with a threat of severe gusts, large hail, and flash flooding across the Upper Midwest. Severe weather may be a concern from the north/central Plains into the Upper Midwest through the weekend. Elevated fire weather concerns will persist in the West with red flag warnings in effect. Read More >

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Weather Spotters' Field Guide (72 pages/26.6 MB)
   Abridged field use section (25 pages/10.22 MB)
Submit Storm Report (do not use for tornadoes, flash floods, or other extreme, life-threatening situations)

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.

In-person classes will not be held due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Instead, we will offer several virtual classes via webinar.


YOU MUST REGISTER for the webinar you want to attend ahead of time by clicking on the link and providing the information (your name, email address, city, county, state, and organization) in order to participate. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar, which only you can use and cannot be shared with others. You'll also receive reminder emails before the webinar. Do not click on the link until 5-10 minutes before your webinar is scheduled to start. 


Classes will be held on the following dates and times (Note: If webinars are cancelled, you will receive an email. You can then register for another class).


Thursday, May 21 12:00 pm MDT / 1:00 CDT  Register for this session


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