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SKYWARN Training from NWS Mobile/Pensacola

Fall 2014
SKYWARN Spotter Training


Date Time (CDT) Class Location Contact

October 21

630-8 pm CDT


Escambia County FL EOC
6575 N W St
Pensacola, Florida 32505

Elton Gilmore (Escambia EOC)
Phone: 850-471-6415

November 6

630-8 pm CST


Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Operations Center
23100 McAuliffe Drive
Robertsdale, AL 36567

 Scott Wallace (Baldwin EMA)
Phone: 251-972-6807



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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