Did you know that the National Weather Service trains people to be storm spotters? Due to COVID-19, there are even virtual training sessions available, but you will have to register at one of the links below.
There are Skywarn groups throughout the country and the Sharp County Skywarn/SAR is located in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Their Facebook page helps to keep people in Sharp County and surrounding areas aware of storm activity, updates from the National Weather Service, and they also have an alert system in place. For more information, visit the Sharp County Skywarn/SAR page and see what this dedicated group of volunteers is up to at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/461735434027486.
If you want to get trained yourself, they have made it very convenient, check out the training schedule provided by the National Weather Service below in this list of Scheduled Spotter Training Classes. Remember to register!
|To become a trained storm spotter, you must complete the coursework provided by the NWS. The NWS often works with county emergency managers and officials to plan classes, with numerous classes given each year. Below are the basic and advanced classes on this year’s (2021) schedule. Virtual Basic Spotter Classes Note: Registration is required! Click on the links below to register. After registering, folks will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Virtual Basic Skywarn #1 on Mar 11, 2021 6:30 PM CST|
Virtual Basic Skywarn #2 on Mar 16, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #3 on Mar 20, 2021 10:00 AM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #4 on Mar 25, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #5 on Mar 29, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #6 on Apr 3, 2021 10:00 AM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #7 on Apr 8, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #8 on Apr 13, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #9 on Apr 16, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
Virtual Basic Skywarn #10 on Apr 29, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
Virtual Advanced Spotter Classes Note: Registration is required! Click on the links below to register. After registering, folks will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Virtual Advanced Skywarn #1 on Mar 20, 2021 1:00 PM CDT
Virtual Advanced Skywarn #2 on Apr 3, 2021 1:00 PM CDT