DPSS to host FREE storm spotter training at U-M on April 22

Skywarn Spotter Training April 22, 2022 University of Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security

The Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) in partnership with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Ann Arbor Office of Emergency Management are hosting a National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN® Storm Spotter Training course on Friday, April 22, 2022, from 10 – 11:30 a.m., at the U-M Campus Safety Services Building, (1239 Kipke Drive), Kipke Conference Center, room 2029.   

SKYWARN® is an NWS program comprised of weather spotters who are trained to share information about severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make determinations about warnings. The NWS relies on spotters to provide real-time weather conditions and confirm hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. As a spotter, you can help serve your local community by providing vital information when dangerous storms approach.

Below is a snapshot of what you can expect to learn:

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

The course is free and participants will receive a Washtenaw County SKYWARN® ID upon completion of the training. Class size is limited, so please register by Thursday, April 21, 2022.

This opportunity is open to anyone, so please feel free to share this information with those who may be interested. To learn more about SKYWARN® visit their website or you may contact DPSS Emergency Management at dpss-emergency-management@umich.edu with any questions that you may have.