Storm Spotter Training 2014

We have concluded our in-person training for this season.  If you were unable to attend any of these sessions, there is some online storm spotter training available:




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


January 2014
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
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Wednesday 15        
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Saturday 18        
Sunday 19        
Monday 20 Creek Kellyville 6:00 pm High School Auditorium
Tuesday 21        
Wednesday 22        
Thursday 23 Benton Siloam Springs 7:00 pm High School, Seminar Room
Friday 24        
Saturday 25        
Sunday 26        
Monday 27 Choctaw Hugo 6:30 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Tuesday 28 Tulsa Sand Springs 7:00 pm Case Community Center
Wednesday 29        
Thursday 30 Muskogee Muskogee 7:00 pm Civic Center, 425 Boston
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February 2014
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Saturday 1        
Sunday 2        
Monday 3 Okfuskee Okemah 6:00 pm Rescheduled to 2/24 due to weather
Tuesday 4 McIntosh Checotah 6:30 pm Rescheduled to 3/31 due to weather
Wednesday 5        
Thursday 6 Delaware Jay 6:00 pm Community Center
Friday 7        
Saturday 8 Adair Stillwell 10:00 am

Indian Capital Technical Center

Sunday 9        
Monday 10 Haskell Stigler 7:00 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Tuesday 11 Mayes Pryor 6:00 pm County Courthouse
Wednesday 12        
Thursday 13 Washington AR Fayetteville 7:00 pm U of A, Engineering Hall, Room 209
Friday 14        
Saturday 15        
Sunday 16        
Monday 17 Pawnee Maramec 7:00 pm Fire Department 
Tuesday 18 Cherokee Tahlequah 6:00 pm NSU, UC Ballroom Lounge
Wednesday 19        
Thursday 20 Sequoyah Sallisaw 7:00 pm EOC, 114 E Chickasaw
Friday 21



6:30 pm

Creek Nation Complex

Saturday 22


Washington OK



9:00 am

9:00 am

OU Schusterman Center

Arvest Bank Eastside Branch

Sunday 23        
Monday 24 Okfuskee Okemah 6:00 pm 1st Baptist Church Family Life Center
Tuesday 25 Delaware Grove 6:00 pm Seneca-Cayuga Resource Center
Wednesday 26        
Thursday 27 Latimer Wilburton 6:00 pm High School, Commons Room
Friday 28        



March 2014
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Saturday 1        
Sunday 2        
Monday 3 Tulsa Broken Arrow 7:00 pm Central Park Community Center
Tuesday 4 Crawford Van Buren 7:00 pm EOC, 1820 Chestnut St.
Wednesday 5        
Thursday 6 Benton Bentonville 7:00 pm Ruth Hale Barker Middle School
Friday 7





Saturday 8 Rogers Claremore 9:00 am Green Country Hamfest, Expo Center
Sunday 9        
Monday 10 Sebastian Fort Smith 7:00 pm EOC, 8400 S Zero Street
Tuesday 11 Carroll Oak Grove 6:30 pm City Hall
Wednesday 12        
Thursday 13 Pittsburg McAlester 7:00 pm Eastern State University
Friday 14        
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Wednesday 19 Craig Vinita 6:30 pm Fairgrounds Building
Thursday 20        
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Monday 24 Ottawa Miami 6:30 pm Civic Center
Tuesday 25 LeFlore Poteau 6:30 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 26 Wagoner Wagoner 7:00 pm Civic Center
Thursday 27        
Friday 28        
Saturday 29 Franklin Ozark 10:00 am Arkansas Tech, Ozark Campus
Sunday 30        
Monday 31 McIntosh Checotah 6:30 pm Senior Center is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.