2014 Spotter Training

Spotter training sessions for 2014 have concluded for the year.  Please check back in December 2014 or January 2015 for updated scheduling on 2015 sessions.  They typical run from late February to early April. 

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.

2014 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

 

 

 

 

There are currently no outreach events scheduled.
  


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