SKYWARNTM Spotter Training

Spotters, to report severe weather: Call 850-942-8833 (option 9 to ring through to forecaster)

Currently scheduled spotter training classes can be found at


Online spotter training is available at http://www.srh.noaa.govtae/?n=spotter
Note: This spotter training course is intended for volunteers within the NWS Tallahassee's area of responsibility. Each NWS Forecast Office designs and administers the SKYWARNTM Spotter program to best serve their area. Please contact your local NWS Forecast office to become part of SKYWARNTM in your area.

You may also check out the following links for more information on becoming a storm spotter. Many of these links will be a good refresher for current spotters.

A comprehensive glossary of weather terms for spotters provided by WFO Norman, OK can be found at this link:

A handy collection of meteorological conversions and calcutors can be found here:

A paper written by Dr. Keith Brewster of the University of Oklahoma describing the basics of how to get started in storm spotting can be found at this link:

The basic spotters field guide in Adobe PDF format can be found at this link:

The advanced spotters field guide in Adobe PDF format can be found at this link:

Pictures of "Tornado Look-A-Likes" with descriptions provided by the Storm Prediction Center can be found at this link:

Please also refer to the link above for new information about the following topics: Enhanced Fujita (EF) Tornado Damage Scale, storm spotter information, and other latest news.

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