If you’re fascinated by watching storms roll in, it may be time to take your interest to the next level. Dozens of severe weather “spotter” training courses will be held in Nebraska over the next several weeks.
Kelsey Angle, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says the courses are free and open to all Nebraskans.
Angle says, “Anybody that has an interest in the weather and an interest in reporting information to the National Weather Service is encouraged to attend a spotter training course.”
The instructors are all meteorologists at the weather service and registration is not required ahead of time in most locations.
“The courses last generally about 90 minutes,” Angle says. “With that, we will cover what to report, when to report, how to report, how to identify the characteristics of thunderstorms and what a good report is.”
While the National Weather Service has trained thousands of Nebraskans as spotters over the years, he says you can never really have “enough.”
“That is true,” Angle says. “It’s always good, the more eyes and ears that you have on approaching severe weather is always good and quality reports certainly do help in the warning process.”
The classes start later this month and run through mid-April. For a full list of all the upcoming spotter courses, click here.