SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes

Are you interested in becoming a trained storm spotter?  Do you want to know more about severe weather?  Has your SKYWARN Certification lapsed because it's more than two years old?  Do you want to meet and interact with a meteorologist from the National Weather Service?  If so, you should attend one of our SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes.  These classes are typically held in several locations throughout the Four State Region.  A meteorologist from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport will teach the class.  There are two classes:  Basic and Advanced.  Only the Basic class is required to get your certificate.  The Basic class generally covers the following:

  • What kind of information to report to the NWS
  • How to report severe weather information to the NWS
  • How to visually identify severe weather features
  • Basic severe weather meteorology
  • Severe weather safety tips
  • Local examples

 

The Advanced Spotter Training class gives a more in-depth look at radar interpreation and severe weather meteorology.  The Advanced class requires a working knowledge of the material presented in the Basic class.  Therefore, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you attend/schedule a Basic class BEFORE attending/scheduling an Advanced class. 

Still interested in becoming a storm spotter?  You can find a list of upcoming classes here: www.srh.noaa.gov/shv/spotter

Many times classes are arranged by local emergency management groups, amateur radio clubs, storm spotter groups, law enforcement, and sometimes other state/federal agencies.  Most of the time, these talks are open to the public.

To schedule a spotter training class, or for any questions regarding the Skywarn Spotter program in the NWS-Shreveport area, please contact Skywarn Coordinator Chris Nuttall or Warning Coordination Meteorologist Bill Parker.


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