How to Become a Spotter For Your Area

We recommend three main steps to become a NWS spotter. First, if you're new, do some preliminary reading to start learning about severe weather (for starters, read all the info in our Safety page). Second, attend a NWS spotter training class (these are taught every year in towns all across the South Plains area from mid-February until the end of April). Finally, get together with an organized spotter group (possibly your local fire department) so that you can get some field experience. Definitely do NOT assume that just because you attended one NWS spotter class that you're an expert spotter; it can take years to become a good spotter.

By the way, NWS Lubbock teaches classes within our CWA (county warning area).

If you do not live within the 24 counties surrounding Lubbock, contact your nearest NWS office for further info. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.