Storm Spotter Training 2016


****  The final training class that we have scheduled for our area this season was held in Okemah on April 4th.  Additional classes are not planned until the summer or fall.  ****


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 2016
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Friday 1        
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Friday 15        
Saturday 16        
Sunday 17        
Monday 18        
Tuesday 19        
Wednesday 20        
Thursday 21 Benton Siloam Springs 7:00 pm High School
Friday 22        
Saturday 23 Carroll Eureka Springs 10:00 am Fire Department, 144 E Van Buren
Sunday 24        
Monday 25        
Tuesday 26 Tulsa Sand Springs 7:00 pm Case Community Center
Wednesday 27 Choctaw Hugo 6:00 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Thursday 28 Delaware Kansas 7:00 pm Northeast Technology Center
Friday 29        
Saturday 30        
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February 2016
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Monday 1 Cherokee Tahlequah 7:00 pm PD Training Room
Tuesday 2 Mayes Pryor 6:00 pm County Courthouse
Wednesday 3        
Thursday 4 Pittsburg McAlester 7:00 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Friday 5        
Saturday 6        
Sunday 7        
Monday 8 Pushmataha Antlers 6:30 pm Choctaw Nation Community Center
Tuesday 9 Muskogee Muskogee 7:00 pm Civic Center
Wednesday 10        
Thursday 11 Delaware Grove 6:00 pm Seneca-Cayuga Community Building
Friday 12        
Saturday 13        
Sunday 14        
Monday 15        
Tuesday 16 Le Flore Poteau 6:30 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 17        
Thursday 18

Washington AR




6:30 pm

7:00 pm

U of A Engineering Hall, Room 209

County Fairgrounds/EOC Facility

Friday 19        
Saturday 20 Tulsa Tulsa 9:00 am OU Schusterman Center
Sunday 21        
Monday 22 Madison Huntsville 6:00 pm Carroll Electric Office
Tuesday 23 Wagoner Wagoner 7:00 pm Civic Center
Wednesday 24        
Thursday 25 Sequoyah Sallisaw 6:30 pm EOC, 108 E Chickasaw
Friday 26        
Saturday 27 Washington OK Bartlesville 9:00 am Arvest Eastside Community Room
Sunday 28        
Monday 29 Okmulgee Okmulgee 7:00 pm Green Country Technology Center



March 2016
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Tuesday 1 Sebastian Greenwood 7:00 pm Fairgrounds
Wednesday 2        
Thursday 3 Crawford Van Buren 7:00 pm Police Department
Friday 4        
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Monday 7




Broken Arrow

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

Civic Center

NSU Broken Arrow, Education Bldg

Tuesday 8 Latimer Wilburton 7:00 pm High School
Wednesday 9        
Thursday 10 Haskell Stigler 7:00 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Friday 11        
Saturday 12        
Sunday 13        
Monday 14 Nowata Nowata 7:00 pm Fire Department
Tuesday 15 Benton Bentonville 6:30 pm NWACC, Peterson Auditorium
Wednesday 16        
Thursday 17 Franklin Ozark 6:30 pm Ozark Tech, Collegiate Center
Friday 18        
Saturday 19 Adair Stilwell 10:00 am Indian Capital Technology Center
Sunday 20        
Monday 21 Pawnee Maramec 6:30 pm Fire Department
Tuesday 22 McIntosh Checotah 6:30 pm Community Center
Wednesday 23        
Thursday 24 Le Flore Talihina 6:00 pm canceled due to tornado survey
Friday 25        
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Sunday 27        
Monday 28 Creek Mounds 7:00 pm Fire Department
Tuesday 29        
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