Each mid-late winter, the the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill and Topeka go to various counties and conduct severe weather training/spotting classes. These are entry level type classes for those who have a passion for weather and want to learn more about recognizing severe weather set-ups and spotting, whether it’s from your own back yard or helping with the SKYWARN program for your community. These classes are free, all you need to do is show up and the classes run about two hours long.
For the countries in the Pleasant Hill area of responsibility, which includes most of you in Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas go to this link for more information about the individual dates set up already. For those on the Kansas side, closer to the Topeka area, including Lawrence county the list had not been released yet as of mid-January 2014.
If the introductory lesson intrigues you and you want to learn more, you can take a class on the next level. This program is a bit more in-depth and has various speakers from across the country teaching severe weather recognition. It’s a great learning experience and you’ll hang out with various media, NWS personal, and researchers. It’s not overly technical and it’s geared to those wanting to take the next step. You’ll get some great resource information as well. This class is scheduled for March 9th and is a day long class. The NWS introductory classes run about 2 hours or so. If you want to learn more about taking to understanding of severe weather to the next level go to this link and you can sign up there is a minimal charge for this class in March.