It's time for all of us to begin preparing for the upcoming severe weather season. Typically, the first severe thunderstorms rumble across the Tri-State area in late March or early April. It won't be long before milder weather arrives and brings the threat of large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Goodland, KS, working with county emergency managers, offers storm spotter classes at many locations in the Tri-State area. Classes will begin Monday, March 1st and will continue through the month of March. Everyone is invited to attend, no prior knowledge is needed, the classes are free of charge, there are no age limits and no pre-registration is necessary. It doesn't get any easier than that! If you would like to assist your local community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter and reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service, or if you simply want to learn more about severe weather on the High Plains, consider attending one of our classes.
Classes will last approximately 2 1/4 hours and most are held in the evening at 6:30 pm local time except in Kit Carson and Cheyenne Counties in Colorado which are earlier. This year, the first half of the class will discuss basic spotter principles while the second half will introduce advanced storm topics. The agenda includes storm structure and evolution, important cloud types, weather safety and how to report severe weather events.
Check out the list below for the location of a spotter talk near you! If you have any questions, call our office at 785-899-7119 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in March!
Please note the change in location for the Greeley County class on
March 29th! It is now at the 4-H Building at the fairgrounds.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service - Goodland, KS
There are currently no outreach events scheduled.