This training will be held at the Route 66 Event Center (21 South Webb Avenue in Webb City). National Weather Service warning meteorologists depend on accurate ground truth confirmation from trained spotters during severe thunderstorm outbreaks. This intelligence is factored into warning decisions when tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, or flash flooding are imminent or ongoing. As in the standard spotter training, this course will discuss types of severe storms, their appearance on radar, associated cloud features, and related hazards. The course will also address tactics to effectively deploy spotters and keep them safe when spotting, and how to efficiently communicate critical spotter information to the National Weather Service.
Groups with dedicated two-way communication such as EM, Fire, Police, Dispatch, and Amateur Radio. NOTE: General public is welcome, though an emphasis will be placed on organizing groups that utilize dedicated two-way communication. POST certification available for this training.
Suggested Prerequisite: online SKYWARN Spotter Training (https://meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23)