LWS Lubbock Skywarn Program
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Steps to Becoming A Skywarn Spotter:

staircase imageThe National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

  1. Complete the 2 Online National Skywarn Training Modules.
    The courses are “The Role of the Skywarn Spotter” and “Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics”. The courses will require you to register with the Meted Training Site.
  2. Complete the 5 NWS Lubbock Skywarn Modules.
    Click HERE to view these modules.
  3. Attend one of our live Skywarn training sessions.
    or attend an online GoToMeeting webinar training session. The Basic and Advanced Spotter Training webinars have not yet been scheduled for 2015, but will likely be offered in April or May. Refer to step 6 and 7 (below) for details as they become available. View the live Skywarn training schedule HERE.
  4. Register with the Spotter Network.
    This is not required, but doing this will allow NWS Lubbock to be able to contact you for reports and information, and will provide you with another method of contacting us.
  5. Contact the local or county Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) in your area.
    Your local and county officials can provide additional information about how spotter groups are organized in your community. Many spotter groups in the small communities in West Texas are led by local volunteer firefighters with assistance from law enforcement, amateur radio operators, and other community volunteers such as CERT volunteers.
  6. Skywarn Basic Spotter Training Webinar | Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm CDT
    This will be our first spotter training webinar of 2015, and will cover the basics of Skywarn spotter training including climatology, understanding thunderstorms, supercells and accessory clouds, and tornadoes and other circulations. We will conclude with reporting methods and spotter safety considerations. This course is intended for storm spotters in the South Plains and Rolling Plains of West Texas, but the concepts can be applied anywhere. The course will be approximately 1 hour 45 minutes in length. This course is free and open to everyone. You will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar at the specified time. Please check back for details regarding the date and time of the webinar as well as specifics on how to register.
  7. Skywarn Advanced Spotter Training Webinar | Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm CDT
    This will be our second advanced spotter training webinar. Topics covered will include severe weather parameters, advanced spotter safety, Rear Flank Downdraft, CAPE, Supercell accessory clouds, and other advanced topics. This course is intended for storm spotters in the South Plains and Rolling Plains of West Texas, but the concepts covered can be applied anywhere. The course will be approximately 1 hour 45 minutes in length. This course is free and open to everyone. You will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar at the specified time. Please check back for details regarding the date and time of the webinar as well as specifics on how to register.

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