Across South Texas, dedicated volunteers risk their personal safety to provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials, and the National Weather Service (NWS) in Corpus Christi. Their reason, to help protect the lives and property of the citizens in South Texas.

Being a storm spotter not only means dedication, but also training. Each spring the NWS in Corpus Christi trains members of the police, fire department, emergency management, and amateur radio community, in the latest storm spotting techniques. Typically the training is coordinated by a local group such as an emergency management agency or HAM radio operator. A NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor.

The goal of the training is to prepare the spotter to identify hazardous weather conditions, how to report that information to the local NWS, and personal safety.

There are also a number of in-person seminars scheduled. These seminars are free of charge and many are open to the public. Each seminar is approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours in length and most often held in the early afternoon of evening on a weekday. Click a city below to see more information.

In-Person Skywarn Spotter Seminars:

  • Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM CST - Laredo Fire Admin Building
  • Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM CST - Laredo Fire Admin Building
  • Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM CST - Ingleside Public Safety Building
  • Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM CST - Robstown Calderon Building
  • Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30 PM CST - Robstown Calderon Building
  • Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM CST - Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Station
  • Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM CDT - Beeville Emergency Operations Center
  • Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM CDT - Victoria College Johnson Symposium
  • Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM CDT - Victoria College Johnson Symposium
  • Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 6:00 PM CDT - Aransas Pass City Hall
  • Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 6:30 PM CDT - Kingsville St. Martins Church Parish Hall
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM CDT - Corpus Christi Emergency Operations Center
  • Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM CDT - Mount Olive Lutheran Church Corpus Christi
  • Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM CDT - Port Lavaca Calhoun County Courthouse
  • Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM CDT - Fulton Volunteer Fire Station
  • Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM CDT - Laredo Medical Center, Tower B Conf Room 1

On-Line Webinar Skywarn Spotter Seminar (registration required):

We will be using Voice over IP (VOIP) to broadcast the live audio stream during these on-line webinars.  These webinars require a home computer with high speed internet access, or mobile device.  While connected, audio can be heard through your computer speakers, headset with microphone, or you can dial in by phone.  The phone number will be provided after you register and connect to the webinar.


Self-Paced Online Skywarn Training Course

This course is NOT produced by your local NWS office in Corpus Christi.

Becoming a Skywarn Spotter just became easier with the development of the online Skywarn Spotter Training Course.  There are two courses, including:  "Role of the Skywarn Spotter" and "Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics".

These courses cover the basics of being a Skywarn Spotter.  They are free and accessible from the METED website.  www.meted.ucar.edu

If you live within the NWS Corpus Christi Forecast area, and you've complete these two online courses, e-mail your certificate to John.Metz@noaa.gov, and you will be added to our spotter e-mail list. 



Download our new Weather Spotters Field Guide.  (72 pages/ 27MB)
Download our new Spotter Card (front & back)  for your wallet.

For more information contact:
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
John Metz
Phone: 361-299-1353 x 223 or
E-mail: John.Metz@noaa.gov


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