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Winter Spotter Training

The Winter Spotter training class is free to anyone interested in learning more about severe winter weather and winter safety: know what to look for, what type of information to report and tips on how to stay safe and protect yourself and others.  Help keep your community safe by providing reports to the National Weather Service and local public safety agencies.  This class is offered in Monroe County once every 3 years.

We had a good turnout at our last Winter Spotter training class, which was held on October 20, 2011 at the Jefferson High School cafeteria.  We would like to thank everyone who attended for their commitment to help keep themselves and their community safe.  We'd also like to thank Jefferson High School for the use of its cafeteria.  


Be sure to include your e-mail address as additional information will be e-mailed to you prior to the class.

Please use the registration form below to register for the Sky Warn Training Class on May 15th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.at the Monroe High School auditorium.








  The 2011 Skywarn Spotter class was held on May 11.  We had 95 people attend...one of the biggest classes ever!  Channel 11 News out of Toledo was there doing interviews and aired a great segment about us on their newscast that night.  Thank you to all of those who became certified or renewed their certification - you are joining over 290,000 certified Skywarn Spotters nationwide in the first line of defense against severe weather!

 Handouts will not be available at the training, and the following brochures are now available only online: Basic Spotters' Field Guide (.pdf). For general storm safety information: Tornadoes, Thunderstorms and Lightning brochure (.pdf)

Skywarn Spotters are welcome and encouraged to attend class every year but are not required to do so. Monroe County has adopted a two year training cycle, and your Skywarn Spotter identification number is valid for two years from date of issue.


In conjunction with the National Weather Service (NWS), Emergency Management Division and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), volunteer Skywarn Spotters and Winter Weather Spotters work diligently to provide information about the earliest signs of possible severe weather. Although the NWS has improved their ability to detect severe thunderstorms over the past twenty years, the human eye is one of the most valuable resources to local emergency management offices and the NWS.

Since April of 1965 the NWS, RACES, and local emergency management officials have worked together to train tens of thousands of Skywarn Spotters and Winter Weather Spotters. These individuals learn the characteristics of a storm system that could become severe and cause injury to person and/or property.

Public safety officials, RACES members, or concerned citizens who want to raise their level of awareness regarding severe weather should consider attending both the Skywarn Spotter and the Winter Weather Spotter training classes.


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