Spring 2008 Skywarn Schedule

Spring is approaching again here in North Texas, and with spring comes the threat of severe weather.  The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Ft. Worth has begun its spring Skywarn training series, with 49 sessions available throughout the area between now and April 8th (10 of which also include advanced spotter training).

The full schedule is available from the NWS website: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/sptrsch.html 

For those that may not be familiar with Skywarn, here’s how I described it the last time:

So just what is SKYWARN and why would you be interested?

SKYWARN is a volunteer program established by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) in partnership with other organizations.  According to NOAA, “SKYWARN has nearly 280,000 trained severe weather spotters,” and “these volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.”

While that might sound kind of intimidating, SKYWARN training is valuable for anyone who lives in North Texas whether they wish to participate in storm spotting activities or not.  The basic SKYWARN class covers:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

I’ve been to both the basic and advanced SKYWARN training, and while I don’t go chase storms, it’s helped me quite a bit in understanding when I should worry about a particular storm and which areas are most dangerous in such a storm.


  1. redstone_ says:

    Cool thanks!  I missed it last year, just got busy and forgot to put it on the calendar.  I wont let that happen again.

    I appreciate you posting it, now to make time to take those FEMA courses . . .


  2. crystal says:

    That sounds really cool. I didn’t even know about this program. My husband is obsessed with the weather. His parents live in W. Virginia and when they call long distance they spend about 20 minutes talking about what’s going on with the weather there and then he tells them what’s happening with the weather here. It’s hilarious.

  3. For some reason that reminded me of this:
    Should we talk about the weather…

    Anyhow, I think you’re covered by the Shreveport office, and while it appears they have a Skywarn program, they don’t have a current schedule.  But they do have a contact person listed…