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SKYWARN Training from NWS Mobile/Pensacola

Fall 2014 (COMING SOON)
SkyWarn Spotter Training


Date Time (CDT) Class Location Contact to Register

11 March

5-630 pm CDT


Tryon Branch of the West Florida Public Library
1200 Langley Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32504

Tryon Branch Library
Phone: 850-471-6980

13 May



Main Branch of the West Florida Public Library
239 North Spring Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502

Main Library
Phone: 850-436-5060

20 May

6-730 pm CDT


Molino Branch of the West Florida Public Library
6450-A Highway 95A, Molino, Florida 32577

Molino Branch Library
Phone: 850-435-1760


11 June

6-8 pm CDT


Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
90 College Blvd., Niceville, FL 32578

David Biggar
Phone: 850-882-5960

         *Tropical Topic: "Florida Panhandle Hurricanes: Then & Now"
          This presentation will focus on past hurricanes, the upcoming
          2014 season & updates to the NWS/NHC tropical products.


Course Descriptions:

  • Basic SkyWarn Class
    • This is the introductory course that describes the basic forms of severe weather, what NWS SkyWarn spotters do, basic spotting techniques, how to make reports to NWS Mobile/Pensacola and basic storm safety. 
    • Lasts approximately 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Advanced (Level 1) SkyWarn Class
    • This course covers (in greater detail) storm structure, tornadogenesis, basic parameters NWS Meteorologists look for to determine severe storm potential and basic radar meteorology
    • Lasts approximately 1.5 hours
  • Advanced (Level 2) SkyWarn Class
    • This course covers more advanced radar meteorology, an overview of advanced tools used by experienced mobile storm spotters and higher level meteorological parameters that NWS meteorologists use to predict severe weather.
    • Lasts approximately 1.5 hours
  • Other Topics
    • These courses cover other meteorological topics such as tropical weather, marine weather, fire weather, etc.
    • Lasts approximately 1 hour



There are no formal prerequisites for the Basic SkyWarn class; however, we recommend attendees take our online training beforehand...


For the Advanced SkyWarn class, we request that attendees first take the Basic SkyWarn class to have a basic foundation for the more advanced topics that will be covered.




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