Severe weather spotter classes to be held


GOSHEN COUNTY – The National Weather Service of Cheyenne is offering community-wide severe weather training for Goshen County and the surrounding comminutes.


Classes kick off on March 25 at 6 p.m. in Scottsbluff at the ESU #13 Scottsbluff Campus (rooms B and C). The class is hosted by Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Region 22. 


NEMA Region 21 and the City of Bridgeport will be conducting basic spotter classes on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Community Center. Advanced training will be held at the same location on April 25 at 6:30 p.m.


Classes for Lusk will be hosted by the Niobrara County Emergency Management on April 8 at 6p.m. at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds.


NEMA Region 21 will be hosting a basic spotter training class on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in at Sidney High School for Sidney and the surrounding areas. 


Basic spotter classes for Kimball and the surrounding areas will be held at the Kimball Fire Station on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. They are hosted by REMA Region 21.


Laramie County Emergency Management will be hosting a basic spotter training class on April 23 at 6 p.m. in the Laramie County Emergency Management Training Room. Advanced spotter classes will be conducted at the same location on May 7 at 6 p.m.


The National Weather Service will also be offering both basic spotter classes and advanced spotter training sessions virtually. The virtual basic spotter class begins at 6 p.m. on May 2. The virtual advanced spotter class will be held May 9 at 6 p.m.

Students must register at prior to attending the training session. Sessions are free of charge. 

SKYWARN basic spotter classes run 60 to 90 minutes covering the value of storm spotters and reporting severe weather, severe thunderstorms, severe weather climatology for southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska, doppler radar basics, thunderstorm ingredients and stages, tornadoes, and severe weather safety. 

The advanced storm spotter training classes run 90 to 120 minutes and include global weather patterns, southeast Wyoming, and western Nebraska severe storm climatology, deeper mereological look at severe weather components, supercell and tornado lifecycle, a deeper look at doppler radar and how it works, the latest satellite technology and severe weather safety and reporting serve weather.