This course covers the basics of being a SKYWARN Spotter. The goal of the course is to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple modules covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and spotter report criteria) and safety considerations for all hazards.
NOAA's National Weather Service meteorologists across the country could use a hand — or more precisely extra eyes — to help them produce the most accurate weather information possible. If you are fascinated by weather, you have the opportunity to become a trained volunteer SKYWARN® storm spotter for your local weather forecast office.
Storm spotters provide valuable information on all types of weather hazards to meteorologists in their local National Weather Service forecast offices. Meteorologists use this information, especially when it comes to severe storms, to create a more complete picture of area weather conditions.
The SKYWARN program helps improve the timeliness and accuracy of weather warnings. When coupled with Doppler radar imagery, satellite and other data, reports from storm spotters help forecasters know exactly what is happening on the ground with rapidly developing storms.
“The more lead time we can provide with our warnings, the more time people have to take cover from life-threatening storms,” says Christopher Maier, who oversees the national SKYWARN program.
The Ottawa and Kent County SKYWARN groups are proud to once again offer this training to the residents of the counties surrounding the NWS office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The SKYWARN training will be held at the Grandville High School Located @
4700 Canal Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Our training this year will be held March 16th 2017, beginning at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm. There will be several organizations with booths set up for you to enjoy. Please feel free to arrive early to take a look around and reserve your seats.
If your organiztion would like to be represented at the event please send us a message through the system here.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRINT AND BRING YOUR TICKETS WITH YOU FOR ADMISSION.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There are no age limits or requirements for attendees, however this event is best suited for those ages 11 and up.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please enter from the Canal St entrance
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Sorry, your registration is not transferrable to another attendee.
Can I update my registration information?
You may update your registation information as many times as you wish, up to the actual event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Your printed ticket will help faciliate a quick and easy entrance for everyone, however if you forget your ticket - your registration can be looked up online at the entrance to the facility.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Your ticket holds information that we collect for use with the National Weather Service and SKYWARN activities. Please update your ticket information to include your correct name and contact information.