The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe
Weather Spotter Training near Black River Falls, Wisconsin on Monday, April 8 th .
training will be held at the Ho-Chunk Nation District Community Center, N7261 Warrior
Road, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation.
Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the
public and free of charge. A review of recent and past severe weather will be included.
The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from "spotters", which can
include sheriff's departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire
departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these
classes. These reports can prompt warnings that save lives – a proven fact we’ve seen
many times in our region.
Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service in
La Crosse, Wisconsin organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and
active volunteers. “Accurate and timely reports of severe weather, by trained individuals,
not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. We always need
more eyes to the sky.”
Jackson County, as well as other areas of western and central Wisconsin, always
needs more “ground-truth” weather reports to pass along to the National Weather
Service. Again, training is Monday, April 8 th near Black River Falls, Wisconsin starting
at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not needed.
You can view the training schedule at: www.weather.gov/lacrosse/skywarn_schedule