Storm Spotter Training 2015


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 2015
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Thursday 1        
Friday 2        
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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 High School
Friday 23        
Saturday 24        
Sunday 25        
Monday 26        
Tuesday 27 Tulsa Sand Springs 7:00 pm Case Community Center
Wednesday 28        
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Friday 30        
Saturday 31        



February 2015
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Sunday 1        
Monday 2 Pittsburg McAlester 7:00 pm Eastern Oklahoma State University
Tuesday 3 Muskogee Muskogee 7:00 pm Civic Center
Wednesday 4        
Thursday 5 Craig Vinita 6:30 pm Craig County Fairgrounds
Friday 6        
Saturday 7        
Sunday 8      


Monday 9 Wagoner Wagoner 7:00 pm Civic Center
Tuesday 10 Rogers Claremore 6:30 pm County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Wednesday 11        
Thursday 12 Pushmataha Antlers 6:30 pm Choctaw Nation Community Center
Friday 13        
Saturday 14        
Sunday 15        
Monday 16 Okfuskee Okemah 6:30 pm First Baptist Church (rescheduled for 3/23)
Tuesday 17 Le Flore Poteau 6:30 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 18        
Thursday 19 Cherokee Tahlequah 7:00 pm NSU Community Center
Friday 20        
Saturday 21



10:00 am

Indian Capital Technology Center

Sunday 22





Monday 23 Crawford Figure Five 7:00 pm Fire Station (rescheduled for 3/23)
Tuesday 24 Delaware Grove 6:30 pm Seneca-Cayuga Community Center
Wednesday 25        
Thursday 26 Latimer Wilburton 6:30 pm City Hall
Friday 27        
Saturday 28


Washington OK



9:00 am

9:00 am

OU Schusterman Center, Perkins Auditorium

Arvest Bank Eastside Branch, Community Room




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



Fort Smith

Broken Arrow

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

Sparks Regional Medical Center, Conference Room

Main Street Community Center

Tuesday 3 Le Flore Talihina 6:30 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 4 Benton Bentonville 6:30 pm NWACC (rescheduled for 3/25)
Thursday 5 Sequoyah Sallisaw 6:30 pm EOC, 108 W Chickasaw
Friday 6 Okmulgee Okmulgee 6:30 pm Creek Nation Mound Building
Saturday 7





Sunday 8        
Monday 9 Osage Pawhuska 7:00 pm Ag Building, Osage County Fairgrounds
Tuesday 10 Choctaw Hugo 6:30 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 11        
Thursday 12 Haskell Stigler 7:00 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
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 Delaware Jay 6:30 pm Community Center
Wednesday 18        
Thursday 19 Nowata Nowata 7:00 pm Fire Department
Friday 20        
Saturday 21        
Sunday 22        
Monday 23



Figure Five


7:00 pm

6:30 pm

Fire Department

First Baptist Church

Tuesday 24 Creek Drumright 7:00 pm Central Tech, Seminar Center
Wednesday 25 Benton Bentovnille 6:30 pm NWACC, Walmart Auditorium (POSTPONED TO APRIL 1ST)
Thursday 26 Mayes Pryor 6:00 pm Northeast Technology Center (Canceled)
Friday 27 Franklin Charleston 6:30 pm Community Center (POSTPONED TO APRIL 3RD)
Saturday 28        
Sunday 29        
Monday 30 Creek Mounds 7:00 pm Fire Department
Tuesday 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.