2014 Severe Weather Spotter Training

Storm spotter training has ended for the 2014 season. 

There are several on-line storm spotter training modules and reference materials available:

Do you have questions about SKYWARN or becoming a spotter? Click here for our SKYWARN FAQ page.  Most sessions are open to the general public with no need to pre-register.  All training is free and usually lasts around 2 hours.

Main NWS La Crosse contact for spotter training is Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

Last Updated: 4/29/14

Date Time County City Location / Attendance
March 12 10:00 a.m. ALL Webinar 21 attended
March 13 7:00 p.m. Clayton McGregor, IA

88 people

March 18 6:30 p.m. Winona Winona, MN 78 people
March 20 6:30 p.m. Floyd/Mitchell Charles City, IA 71 people
March 25 6:30 p.m. Monroe Oakdale, WI 26 people
March 26 6:30 p.m. Clark Neillsville, WI 66 people
March 27 6:30 p.m. Richland Richland Center, WI 50 people
March 31 6:30 p.m. Grant Lancaster, WI 130 people
April 1 6:30 p.m. Olmsted Rochester, MN 225 people
April 2 10:00 a.m. ALL Webinar 30 attended
April 3 7:30 p.m. Fayette Elgin, IA 72 people
April 7 6:30 p.m. Juneau Mauston, WI 46 people
April 8 6:30 p.m. La Crosse La Crosse, WI 60 people
April 10 6:30 p.m. Mower Austin, MN 147 people
April 16 6:30 p.m. Howard Cresco, IA 45 people
April 17 6:30 p.m. Trempealeau Whitehall, WI 55 people
April 21 6:30 p.m. Crawford Seneca, WI

55 people

April 22 6:30 p.m. Allamakee Waterville, IA

26 people

April 29 1:00 p.m. ALL Webinar 28 attended


Training from surrounding NWS offices:

Outline of the 2014 Presentation

First Half

  • Introduction to Storm Spotting
  • Information about NWS La Crosse
  • The Spotting Process
  • Sources of weather information
  • NWS Information / Outlooks
  • Spotter deployment 
  • Spotting locations
  • Stages of the thunderstorm (updraft/downdrafts)
  • Thunderstorm Hazards (Flooding, Lightning, Hail)
  • Downbursts
  • Thunderstorm Wind

Second Half

  • Squall Lines / Shelf Clouds
  • Supercells
  • Elements of the Supercell
  • Wall Clouds
  • Tornado definitions and examples
  • Funnel clouds
  • Challenges to spotters 
  • Spotter reporting procedures/guidelines
  • Spotter safety (focus on El Reno, OK tornado)
  • Case study from July 22, 2013 (near Winona, MN)
 

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