2014 Severe Weather Spotter Training

Storm spotter training is being held for the 2014 season.  Sessions continue through April 2014 in select counties and several times online.

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: 4/17/14

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 Whitehall Fire Station
April 21 6:30 p.m. Crawford Seneca, WI

Seneca Town Hall
21041 Town Hall Road

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

Waterville Fire Station
121 Main St.

April 29 1:00 p.m. ALL Webinar On-line Webinar
Email todd.shea@noaa.gov
for dial-in information


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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