National Weather Service storm spotter training schedule

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020
All remaining in-person storm spotter training classes have been canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Some will be done online. Please see the following pages for updated information:

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Each year, local National Weather Service offices hold storm spotter training classes. They are free, open to the public, and run for about two hours. Training classes cover types of severe weather, what to look for, and how to safely observe and report severe weather.

Reports from trained storm spotters are important to the National Weather Service and to us at KCRG-TV9. Knowing what kind of severe weather is or isn't happening helps us let others in a storm's path know what to prepare for. Radar is a useful tool, but having ground truth from the people’s eyes is invaluable.

These are the scheduled locations and dates for storm spotter training in our area:

Tuesday, February 18
6:30 p.m.
Butler/Bremer County – Allison
Butler County Courthouse, 428 6th St.

Wednesday, February 19
4:30 p.m.
Meskwaki Settlement – Tama
Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center, 1504 305th St.

Wednesday, February 26
7:00 p.m.
Mahaska County – Oskaloosa
2342 Iowa Highway 92

Wednesday, March 4
6:30 p.m.
Jefferson County – Fairfield
Elks Lodge, 511/2 S. Main St.

Saturday, March 7
1:00 p.m.
Linn County – Marion
St Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Avenue

Monday, March 9
6:30 p.m.
Jones County – Anamosa
Lawrence Community Center, 600 E Main St.

Thursday, March 12
7:00 p.m.
Clayton County – Monona
Fire Station, 201 N. Page St.

Monday, March 16 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Buchanan County – Independence

Tuesday, March 17 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Henry County

Wednesday, March 18 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Iowa County – Williamsburg

Thursday, March 18
6:30 p.m.
Howard County – Location TBD

Thursday, March 19 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Washington County

Thursday, March 19
7:00 p.m.
Poweshiek County – Grinnell
Grinnell Police/Fire, 1020 Spring St.

Monday, March 23
6:00 p.m.
Black Hawk County – Waterloo
Hawkeye Community College - Tama Hall, 1501 E. Orange Rd.

Monday, March 23
6:30 p.m.
Grant County, WI – Lancaster
Lancaster High School, 806 E. Elm St.

Tuesday, March 24
6:00 p.m.
Marshall County – Marshalltown
Iowa Valley Continuing Education, 3702 S. Center St.

Tuesday, March 24 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Dubuque County – Dubuque

Wednesday, March 25 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Johnson County – Coralville

Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m.
Fayette County – Elgin
Fire Station

Thursday, March 26 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Clinton County – Clinton

Monday, March 30 - CANCELED, see this page for virtual spotter training information.
Muscatine County – Muscatine

Monday, March 30
6:30 p.m.
Allamakee County – Postville
Fire Station, 121 E. Greene St.

Wednesday, April 1
6:30 p.m.
Crawford County, WI – Location TBD

Wednesday, April 8
6:30 p.m.
Floyd County – Charles City
Youth Enrichment Center, Floyd Co. Fairgrounds, 2516 Seven Mile Rd.

Thursday, April 9
6:30 p.m.
Tama County – Toledo
Toledo Reinig Center, 1007 S. Prospect Dr.

Monday, April 13
6:30 p.m.
Hardin County – Eldora
Hardin County Emergency Management, 1031 Edgington Ave.