Storm Spotter Training 2015

We are beginning to schedule our in-person training for the upcoming season.  Classes will be added to the calendar below as they are scheduled with community officials.                  

  

Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.

Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor. The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, and important safety considerations.

The training is free and requires no preregistration. The meetings listed below are open to the public.

 

For additional information contact:

Ed Calianese
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

10159 East 11th Street, Suite 300
Tulsa, OK  74128
918-838-7838
e-mail: ed.calianese@noaa.gov

 

January 2015
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Thursday 1        
Friday 2        
Saturday 3        
Sunday 4        
Monday 5        
Tuesday 6        
Wednesday 7        
Thursday 8        
Friday 9        
Saturday 10        
Sunday 11        
Monday 12        
Tuesday 13 Washington AR
Fayetteville
7:00 pm
Univ of Ark, Engineering Hall, Room 209
Wednesday 14    

 

 
Thursday 15        
Friday 16        
Saturday 17        
Sunday 18        
Monday 19        
Tuesday 20 Sebastian
Fort Smith
6:00 pm
Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
Wednesday 21        
Thursday 22 Benton
Siloam Springs
7:00 pm
TBD
Friday 23        
Saturday 24        
Sunday 25        
Monday 26        
Tuesday 27 Tulsa
Sand Springs
7:00 pm
Case Community Center
Wednesday 28        
Thursday 29        
Friday 30        
Saturday 31        

 

 

February 2015
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Sunday 1        
Monday 2        
Tuesday 3        
Wednesday 4        
Thursday 5 Craig
Vinita
6:30 pm
Craig County Fairgrounds
Friday 6        
Saturday 7        
Sunday 8      

 

Monday 9        
Tuesday 10 Rogers
Claremore
6:30 pm
County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Wednesday 11        
Thursday 12 Pushmataha
Antlers
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Friday 13        
Saturday 14        
Sunday 15        
Monday 16 Okfuskee
Okemah
6:30 pm
First Baptist Church
Tuesday 17 Le Flore
Poteau
6:30 pm
Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 18        
Thursday 19 Cherokee
Tahlequah
7:00 pm
TBD
Friday 20        
Saturday 21

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22

 

 

 

 

Monday 23 Crawford
Figure Five
7:00 pm
Fire Station
Tuesday 24 Pittsburg
McAlester
7:00 pm
Eastern Oklahoma State University
Wednesday 25        
Thursday 26 Latimer
Wilburton
6:30 pm
City Hall
Friday 27        
Saturday 28

Tulsa

Washington OK

Tulsa

Bartlesville

9:00 am

9:00 am

TBD

TBD

           

 

 

March 2015
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Sunday 1        
Monday 2

Sebastian

Tulsa

Fort Smith

Broken Arrow

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

Sparks Regional Medical Center, Conference Room

Main Street Community Center

Tuesday 3        
Wednesday 4 Benton
Bentonville
6:30 pm
NWACC
Thursday 5 Sequoyah
Sallisaw
6:30 pm
EOC, 108 W Chickasaw
Friday 6        
Saturday 7

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8        
Monday 9        
Tuesday 10        
Wednesday 11        
Thursday 12        
Friday 13        
Saturday 14 Rogers
Claremore
9:00 am
Green Country Hamfest, Expo Center
Sunday 15        
Monday 16 Ottawa
Miami
7:00 pm
Civic Center
Tuesday 17        
Wednesday 18        
Thursday 19        
Friday 20        
Saturday 21        
Sunday 22        
Monday 23        
Tuesday 24        
Wednesday 25        
Thursday 26        
Friday 27        
Saturday 28        
Sunday 29        
Monday 30        
Tuesday 31        

 


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