It's that time of year again.  Severe Weather season will be ramping up over the next couple of months. 

Does the weather interest you?  Are you looking to volunteer?  If you answered yes to both of those questions, the Skywarn Storm Spotter Training courses will be for you!

The advancements in weather technology over the years has improved forecasting severe weather but eyes are still needed in the field.  By adding spotters in the field, meteorologists can obtain real-time storm reports of what's happening across the area.  With these real-time reports from trusted observers, it helps enhance the credibility and improve safety during the severe weather situation at hand.

Classes are free and open to anyone wishing to attend.  Courses will last around 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Eight one-time courses will be taking place across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.  Here's the quick list.  All times are 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted.

  • Owatonna - March 17th (7 PM) - Fire Department, 3rd Floor Training Room. 107 W Main St.
  • Osage - March 19th - Mitchell County Conservation, Highway 9
  • Mason City - March 30th - North Iowa Area Community College - Activity Center - Room 101
  • Rochester - March 31st - Rochester Int'l Events Center
  • Dodge Center - April 2nd - Fire Station, 130 E. Highway Street
  • Britt - April 9th - Fire Department Training Room
  • Spring Valley - April 13th - Kingsland High School Gym, 705 North Section Ave
  • Albert Lea - April 20th (7 PM) - Riverland Community College

If you can't make it to any of the dates listed above, a couple of online webinar classes are available.  For the above classes, please e-mail for registration.

  • March 18th - 10 AM
  • April 8th - 1 PM

More info on Skywarn Storm Spotter Training can be found here.

Here are complete class listings for La Crosse, WI area, Des Moines, IA area, and Minneapolis, MN area.