Spotter Training Classes


Would you like to become a certified storm spotter? Now you can. The National Weather Service in Huntsville is conducting several spotter training classes in the coming weeks all over the Tennessee Valley. Here are some of the things you will learn.

  • The difference between a severe thunderstorm/tornado watch and warning
  • How to recognize different cloud formations
  • Tennessee Valley Tornado Climatology
  • The difference between a wall cloud, shelf cloud,¬†and scud
  • And much more….

Each presentation lasts about two hours and is free to the public. The next spotter class is in Rainsville tomorrow (Tuesday evening). Here are the details and weather forecast.

spotter training

You might ask, “What is it like?” Here is the answer. It’s a seminar/classroom setting. There is a big screen with all the information you need to know. One or two of the NWS meteorologists will head the meeting. The audience is free to ask questions as well. Here is a picture from last week’s meeting in Town Creek.


One of the biggest assets in being a storm spotter is to get “ground truth” in what the radar is showing and that helps confirm what is being seen on the ground.

Here is a link to future storm spotter training. National Weather Service Training Schedule. Rainsville, Winchester, and Cullman will host the next three. Madison County is March 5th.

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