Online SKYWARN® Spotter Training Courses are offered by the COMET® Program as part of its educational partnership with the Natianl Weather Service (NWS). The goal of the course is to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple modules covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and spotter report criteria) and safety considerations for all hazards.

Be aware that many NWS offices require training in addition to this online course. For more information, please view list of FAQs.


Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter

Completion Time: 1.00 – 1.25 hours

The goal of the “Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter” module is to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple scenarios covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and storm report criteria), safety considerations for all hazards, and an overview of the national program and its history.

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SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics

Completion Time: 1.00 – 1.25 hours

The “SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics” module will guide users to a basic understanding of convective storms. Through three different scenarios, you will cover reporting and proper communication of local storm reports to the National Weather Service (NWS), personal safety during these events, and field identification of convective storm hazards. After completing the scenarios, you will be given the opportunity to practice identifying storm features from a spectrum of photos.

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