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Monitor your local NWS office site. URL is plus the three letter code; i.e.

If you look there (Boston/Norton), the first "headline" is about upcoming spotter classes. Each office will have these on a different schedule and if they are done for the year they will not be listed.

The Boston office also has a specific SKYWARN page.

If you don't find anything like this on your office's site, look up the contact info and email/call. Ask to be alerted when the next set of classes is scheduled.

The class I went to (four years ago - up for refresher next year) was good. Lots of info on thunderstorm anatomy, how to positively discern key features from "scud", how to report, etc.


--- Quote from: nincehelser on May 23, 2019, 12:10:21 PM ---I recently went to a local Skywarn class as a refresher.  I haven't been to one in years.

It was a disappointment.  Hardly any useful information at all, except "call this unlisted 800 number if you see something".

They also took a group "Safe Place Selfie".   :roll:

--- End quote ---

I think the quality of the class has a lot to do with the hosting NWS forecast office and county ARES (amateur radio emergency services) involvement. I have attended our county Skywarn class every year for over 10 years and the presentations were always updated with recent content and different speakers and topics. Yes, some of it is just review, but I have always left having learned something new. Our county hosts a full day event, both basic and advanced sessions, advanced radar interpretations, and speakers... this year was Tim Marshall It is always a packed house too.


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