Sky Warn Spotter

Skywarn Spotter training (virtual) classes will again be scheduled for Southeast Michigan in the Spring of 2022. Unfortunately due the response to COVID, all Skywarn Training will be held virtually in 2022. Please check below and on the calendar for additional details.

Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including thunderstorms and tornadoes. This includes the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and safety concerns.

  • All classes last about 75 minutes.
  • They are free and open to the public.
  • Must be age 13 or older to report.
  • However, classes are appropriate for all ages. Ages 10 and up will likely get the most out of the training.
  • Pre-registration MAY BE required. Please check with hosting County Emergency Manager.
  • Classes are scheduled in collaboration with local emergency management officials.

Important: Please note that a class will not be held in every county every year. You may attend a class in any location, regardless of where you live.

If you cannot make one of the Skywarn classes this year, there are a couple of alternatives for Skywarn Training. An online Skywarn training is available through the NOAA MetEd website. Currently there are two courses, each taking about one hour to complete (the Role of the Skywarn Spotter and Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics.

Virtual Skywarn Training Information

As mentioned above, all Skywarn Training in 2021 will be held virtually. NWS Detroit will be using the GoTo webinar client to conduct the training. Each class will be limited to 150 connections to better facilitate the question and answer portion of the training. You may have, and are encouraged to have multiple family members from the same household sit in on the training from one connection. All start times are at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.

To register for classes or to find more information, please visit the National Weather Service website.