Memphis NWS offers virtual training courses to become a storm spotter

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This fall, the Memphis National Weather Service office will once again host a series of virtual training courses to become a storm spotter.

SkyWarn classes are open to all in the Mid-South and will cover the basics of thunderstorms and how to spot severe weather features like tornadoes, hail, flooding, etc.

Volunteers who attend a Skywarn class are then responsible for passing along timely and accurate weather reports to the NWS during these weather events.

These reports can be critical when the National Weather Service is determining when to issue warnings such as tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.

Anyone can attend the free training sessions, but many volunteers are police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers, and those associated with hospitals, schools, churches, and nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others.

You only need to attend one class to become a spotter. The NWS is offering ten classes with the next presentation this Tuesday, October 7.

You can find the link the sign up for a class here.