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National Weather Service offices holding virtual spotter training sessions

Thunderstorm Precautions

(KTIV) - One reality of spring in Siouxland is the threat for severe weather.

To help people prepare, the National Weather Service holds spotter training courses to discuss what to look for as storms develop.

Usually, these sessions are held in person but they will be held virtually this year due to the pandemic.

Having people trained as storm spotters not only helps those people know what they are seeing but also helps the National Weather Service have reliable reports of what is happening with storms.

They use this information as they decide whether to issues watches or warnings for thunderstorms or tornadoes.

Each National Weather Service office covers certain areas and will be holding these sessions for those counties; find your county in the list below to see when they will be holding sessions for your area.

The sessions are free and available to anyone; however, you must register ahead of time at the links provided.

They are all scheduled to last around an hour-and-a-half.

NWS Sioux Falls (for those who live in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay [IA], Clay [SD], Dakota, Dickinson, Dixon, Ida, Lincoln, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux, Union, Woodbury and Yankton Counties)

  • March 31st: 1 PM
  • April 8th: 6:30 PM
  • April 15th: 1 PM
  • April 20th: 6:30 PM

Register for one of these sessions here.

NWS Omaha (for those who live in Antelope, Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Harrison, Knox, Madison, Monona, Pierce, Shelby, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne Counties)

  • March 2nd: 7 PM
  • March 3rd: 7 PM
  • March 8th: 7 PM
  • March 9th: 7 PM
  • March 15th: 10 AM
  • March 16th: 7 PM
  • March 18th: 7 PM
  • March 23rd: 7 PM
  • March 25th: 7 PM
  • March 29th: 7 PM
  • March 30th: 1 PM

Register for one of these sessions here.

NWS Des Moines (for those who live in Calhoun, Crawford, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas and Sac Counties)

  • March 11th: 7 PM
  • March 13th: 1 PM
  • March 24th: 1 PM
  • March 31st: 7 PM
  • April 6th: 7 PM
  • April 19th: 7 PM (advanced topics in this session; must have previously attended another spotter training first)

Register for one of these sessions here.

NWS North Platte (for those who live in Holt County)

  • March 4th: 7 PM
  • March 9th: 7 PM
  • March 16th: 7 PM (advanced topics in this session; must have previously attended another spotter training first)
  • March 19th: 7 PM
  • March 23rd: 7 PM (advanced topics in this session; must have previously attended another spotter training first)
  • March 24th: 7 PM
  • March 30th: 7 PM
  • March 31st: 2 PM (advanced topics in this session; must have previously attended another spotter training first)
  • April 6th: 7 PM (advanced topics in this session; must have previously attended another spotter training first)
  • April 7th: 7 PM
  • April 8th: 7 PM

Register for one of these sessions here.

Jaret Lansford

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