2015 Spotter Training

The National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency managers host spotter training classes across central Iowa every spring.  There are a combination of "in-person" spotter training classes scattered across central Iowa and webinar-based distance learning classes.  In-person spotter training classes are offered in larger cities and towns and in several rural counties and small towns.  Every county in the NWS, Des Moines, County Warning Area (CWA) will likely have an "in-person" spotter training class at least every other year.  To supplement "in-person" training, the NWS also conducts webinars using Join-Me internet-based distance learning webinars.  The  webinars are open to all spotters.

One "advanced" spotter class is offered and built on what was taught in the regular class. It is intended for those who wish to do mobile spotting and desire a deeper understanding of meso-scale and storm scale meteorology as it relates to storm spotting.  Spotters interested in attending this class should have attended a regular spotter class either 'in-person" or webinar based.

Spotter talks are open to the public on a first come, first served basis.  No prior registration is required. The following schedule includes all talks that have been scheduled to date.

2015 Course Notes and Spotter Registration Information

In-Person Spotter Presentation Details

Multi-media presentation containing information about severe weather climatology in Iowa, how to identify severe weather in the field, thunderstorm types and threats, how to report severe weather, severe weather spotter networks, safety and more
90 to 120 minutes in length, open to the public and free of charge
Instructors are NWS Meteorologists
Hosted by Emergency Managers and a few amateur radio clubs

Webinar Spotter Presentation Details - It's Simple to View a Webinar!

Multi-media presentation containing information about severe weather climatology in Iowa, how to identify severe weather in the field, thunderstorm types and threats, how to report severe weather, severe weather spotter networks, safety and more - Same presentation as the "in-person" presentation!
Length will the nearly the same as the in-person presentation.  Webinars are open to the spotters and they are free of charge - First 250 spotters who go to the Join-Me web link provided will be allowed on the webinar! 
Instructors are NWS meteorologists - Real-time questions are allowed!

Webinar Details:  PC with at least 1.5 mb/sec download speed, Adobe Flash installed, and a phone (land-line or cell phone) are REQUIRED

  • Turn internet browser to:  https://join.me/nws-desmoines just prior to the start of the webinar
  • Call the conference call number at 1-866-231-8384, Conference ID 5152702614
  • iPhone/iPad and Android phone Join.Me applications can be downloaded at https://join.me.  Smartphone user access is: nws-desmoines
  • NWS instructor will provide additional instructions at the start of the presentation

 

 

 


February, 2015 - Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
24 Des Moines, IA
(Polk County)
7:00pm CST DMRAA Amateur Radio Plymouth Congregational Church Recital Hall - 3rd Floor 4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA Open to the public
Contact Information: dmraa.com

March, 2015 - Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
02 Emmetsburg, IA
(Emmet/Palo Alto County)
7:00pm CST Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Campus - Room 17 Enter through Smith Wellness Center
03 Ames, IA
(Story County)
7:00pm CST Story County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) Mary Greeley Medical Center Bessie Myers Auditorium 1111 Duff Ave, Ames, IA
Contact Information: www.w0yl.com
04 Webinar, IA
(Central Iowa County)
7:00pm CDT Join.Me Webinar - All counties welcome. See instructions above.
Contact Information: bradley.small@noaa.gov
05 Humeston, IA
(Wayne County)
7:00pm CST Humeston Fire Department 228 Broad St.
09 Indianola, IA
(Warren County)
7:00pm CDT Simpson College Carver Science Building Jordan Lecture Hall
10 Holland, IA
(Grundy County)
7:00pm CDT Holland Fire Department 106 Main St.
11 Atlantic, IA
(Cass County)
7:00pm CDT Cass County Courthouse 5 West 7th St.
Contact Information: www.casscountyiowa.us/offices/ems/index.htm
12 Creston, IA
(Union County)
7:00pm CDT Southwestern Community College Room 220 - Instructional Building
16 Boone, IA
(Boone County)
7:00pm CDT Boone City Hall 923 8th St.
Contact Information: www.co.boone.ia.us/index.aspx?page=429
16 Arcadia, IA
(Carroll County)
7:30pm CDT Arcadia Fire Department 205 W Front St.
Contact Information: www.co.carroll.ia.us/EMS/EMS.htm
18 Menlo, IA
(Adair/Guthrie County)
7:00pm CDT Menlo Community Center 417 Sherman St. Doors open 6pm.
Contact Information: www.guthriecounty.org/emergmgmt/
23 Waterloo, IA
(Black Hawk County)
6:30pm CDT Hawkeye Community College Main Campus - Tama Hall 1501 E Orange Rd Waterloo, IA 50701 Finalized time TBA
Contact Information: www.bhciaema.com
24 Knoxville, IA
(Marion County)
7:00pm CDT Marion County Public Health 2003 N Lincoln
Contact Information: www.co.marion.ia.us/offices/ema/
24 Des Moines, IA
(Polk County)
7:00pm CDT Polk County Emergency Management 1907 Carpenter Ave. Enter on east side.
Contact Information: www.polkcountyiowa.gov/emergency-management
25 Minburn, IA
(Dallas County)
7:00pm CDT Washington Township School 2298 210th St.
31 Marshalltown, IA
(Marshall County)
7:00pm CDT Marshalltown Community College Iowa Valley Continuing Education De Jardin Hall 3702 S Center St.

April, 2015 - Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
06 Newton, IA
(Jasper County)
6:30pm CDT Jasper County Community Center 2401 1st Ave E Former Adli building
07 Pomeroy, IA
(Calhoun County)
7:00pm CDT Pomeroy Fire Station 114 Ontario St.
Contact Information: www.calhouncountyiowa.com/EMA.htm
16 Webinar, IA
(Central Iowa County)
7:00pm CDT Join.Me Webinar - All counties welcome. See instructions above.
Contact Information: bradley.small@noaa.gov
  


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