Skywarn Spotter Training Program

Skywarn is an effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies by expanding networks of spotters and by encouraging the widest possible participation in tornado warning programs.  Skywarn Weather Spotters provide a valuable service to the National Weather Service by reporting storm damage, precipitation and other observed weather phenomena. There is no way to stop tornadoes, and not all tornadoes show up on radar, but they can be seen. Lives can be saved. Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel with complete certainty--the human eye.

Skywarn Spotter Training ClassesMore concern, more spotters, more eyes are needed.  Lend us yours--learn SKYWARN!

All interested parties (i.e., fire, police, EMS, security, volunteers and citizens) are encouraged to attend.

This program is coordinated by the Oakland County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department.

Most Skywarn spotter training classes will be held virtually this year.  Visit the National Weather Service website for course dates and additional details.

Become a storm spotter in your own home!

If you are unable to make one of the Skywarn classes this year, there are a couple of alternatives for Skywarn Training.  An online Skywarn training is available through the NOAA MetEd web site.  Currently there are two courses, each taking about one hour to complete...The Role of the Skywarn Spotter and Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics

Next Training Sessions


March 8, 2023, 7 PM to 9 PM

Novi Civic Center, 45175 10 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375

April 13, 7 PM to 9 PM

Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328

May 11, 7 PM to 9 PM

Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328

Registration is not required.