|SKYWARN SPOTTER PROGRAM
The National Weather Service relies on trained volunteers to supplement doppler radar information on severe storms and tornadoes. These dedicated individuals volunteer many hours of their time to learn about and detect severe weather. Their valuable cooperation is important in the warning process. Weather reports from trained spotters are used along with doppler radar data to issue warnings of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.
Most spotter training is conducted in February and March, in preparation for peak severe weather season. A second spotter training season is conducted in September and October. There may be specialized webinar classes conducted at other times of the year.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please be advised that the area outlined below in the graphic is our target audience. If you are outside of this area, please visit this link and click on your state to find the local NWS contact for your specific county. Some NWS offices may have other criteria or requirements for you to complete before you can be an official Skywarn Spotter for their area.
National Weather Service Paducah KY County Warning Area
Below are a few references for the Skywarn Spotter Class:
Weather Spotter's Field Guide (~1.5 mb)
Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Lightning...Nature's Most Violent Storms (~14 mb)
Floods...the Awesome Power (~16 mb)
2013-2014 ELITE SPOTTER TRAINING:
Elite spotter training normally takes place in late March and early April. See the schedule above for the latest classes scheduled.
2009/2010 Spotter Density Maps By County:
All of the 2009 and 2010 spotters were recently plotted on maps for counties to see where we are needing more spotters. All of the spotters were plotted based on their address or specific spotting location. We are especially looking for people in areas within the counties that are currently void of registered spotters. A few counties did not conduct spotter training in either 2009 or 2010. Check out the pdf files below to see if you are in an area within your county that our office needs your help. If you are interested, check back frequently to this page for updates on upcoming classes to become a certified Skywarn spotter.
ELITE SPOTTER TRAINING WORKSHOPS
The objective of the Elite Spotter Workshops is to develop well trained and safety conscientious spotters. The workshops will be about 3 and 1/2 hours in length, and will include a "Basic Weather 101" section, more detailed and advanced spotting concepts, radar concepts, safety measures, and hands on exercises. An end of course exam will be given with a score of 70% required for passing the course and attaining a certificate.
For spotters who already attended this class, the entire slide presentation (pdf files) is below for your review:
Elite Spotter Training Presentation Section 1 (4.7 MB):
Elite Spotter Training Presentation Section 2 (5.8 MB):
Elite Spotter Training Presentation Section 3 (6.5 MB):
Elite Spotter Training Presentation Section 4 (2.1 MB):
Elite Spotter Training Presentation Section 5 (5.4 MB):
Elite Spotter Training Presentation Section 6 (2.2 MB):
Elite Spotter Training Presentation Section 7 (5.8 MB):
SPOTTER TRAINING AIDS...
EMERGENCY MANAGERS OF WESTERN KY PRESENT AWARD TO NWS: