You can now attend a local SKYWARN Storm Spotter training session from the comfort of your own home or office! The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi will provide classes in 2014 online. A live instructor will guide you through the 60 minute class and answer any questions you may have along the way. Online classes are free and open to the public.
Sign up below for an on-line local NWS Corpus Christi instructor-led Skywarn Spotter webinar:
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 Spottern Seminars:
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.
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
Once you complete these two courses, e-mail your certificate to John.Metz@noaa.gov, and you will be added to our spotter e-mail list. You can also register with espotter.weather.gov to send storm reports electronically.
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
Phone: 361-299-1353 x 223 or