NWS Detroit/Pontiac Outreach Schedule including Skywarn and Winter Spotter Training

Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including thunderstorms and tornadoes.  This includes the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and safety concerns.

  • All classes last about 75 minutes.
  • They are free and open to the public.
  • Must be age 13 or older to report.
  • However, classes are appropriate for all ages. Ages 10 and up will likely get the most out of the training.
  • Pre-registration MAY BE required.  Please check with hosting County Emergency Manager.  
  • Classes are scheduled in collaboration with local emergency management officials.

 ** Important:  Please note that a class will NOT be held in every county every year.  You may attend a class in any location, regardless of where you live. **

If you cannot make one of the Skywarn classes this year, there are a couple of alternatives for Skywarn Training.  An online Skywarn training is available through the NOAA MetEd web site.  Currently there are two courses, each taking about one hour to complete...The Role of the Skywarn Spotter and Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics

There will also be a webinar Skywarn Training classes conducted by the NWS Detroit/Pontiac office.  The webinar will be scheduled in May or Early June.  Look for the webinar details in the Top News section of our web page about 2 to 3 week prior to the webinar.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Skywarn spotter training class!



Visit our preparedness page for additional information.





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