Monthly Archives: March 2021

Tulsa NWS Skywarn Storm Spotter Training

Storm Spotter Training 2021

Spotter training will take place virtually this spring season. 

Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials, and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions. Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor. The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes, but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, severe weather reporting, and important safety considerations. The training is free, and since this year’s training is virtual, it requires a preregistration.  The seminars listed below are open to the public.  Choose the session that you’d like to attend, click the registration link, and complete the information requested to register.

Follow this link to sign up for one of the available classes.
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Arkansas Forestry Commission Wildland Firefighter Class, Crawford County

AFC Wildland Firefighter Class will be taught in Crawford County in Van Buren on July 17th. Call 479-369-2200 to reserved a seat and for location.

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Arkansas Forestry Commission Wildland Firefighter Class for Logan County

AFC Wildland Firefighter class will be presented at Paris in Logan County on April 5th and 6th. Location for the class will be at the Emergency Management training room, 205 East Maple Street. Call 479-963-3218 to reserve a seat.

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