Weather Spotter Training Offered

Published Tuesday, February 16, 2016

UPDATED - adds newsly-scheduled training in Kiowa County

The National Weather Service in Pueblo provides SKYWARN weather spotter preparedness and training.  Typically, the sessions are scheduled from late March through early May each year, and are a cooperative effort of local government officials and the National Weather Service.  The sessions are free of charge and usually open to everyone unless noted.

Participants receive information about:

- latest hot topics about National Weather Service

- when and how to report severe weather

- the basics of thunderstorm development and storm structure

- severe weather safety tips.

An RSVP to thomas.magnuson@noaa.gov is required if you plan to attend.

A typical session lasts around 1 1/2 hours and starts at 6:30 p.m.  Snacks and beverages are usually not provided.

Currently in southeast Colorado, the following sessions are scheduled:

March 30 - 29400 US Highway 287, Springfield - Baca County Emergency Management Building

March 31 - 1900 S. 11th Street, Lamar - Lamar High School Auditorium

April 4 - 435 5th St., Las Animas - Las Animas Fire Station

April 7 - 601 Colorado Avenue, La Junta - La Junta City Council Chambers

April 28 - 1305 Goff Street, Eads - Kiowa County Courthhouse (starts at 6:00 p.m.)

Depending upon demand, additional training sessions may be added in communities throughout southeast Colorado.