Storm Spotter Training Classes Announced By National Weather Service

Every year, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks which are open to the general public.  Presentations are typically around 90 minutes long, and are given by a meteorologist from our office. The 2015 show will focus on severe storm safety, preparedness, and awareness. Storm structure and accurate identification of important cloud features associated with supercell and squall line thunderstorms are also touched on.

While attending a talk we provide you with our contact information.  We encourage everyone to call the NWS once it is safe to do so in order to pass along critical information about any severe weather you experience.  We may also call you at your home after the severe weather has passed to inquire about possible damage or hail size.

In addition to attending a class, we ask that you complete the online training modules found below!

This training is focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. We strongly encourage all county spotters and others who are interested in becoming spotters to complete this training as an introduction into basic spotting concepts.  This training takes around 2 hours is split into 2 modules can be accessed at

Additional valuable online spotter training videos can be found via the

NWS Norman website

Finally, an updated reference guide is available for download.  Just follow the link below.

New and improved storm spotter reference guide for download.

Below you will find a table of scheduled talks for 2015 in the NWS Topeka coverage area, which includes northeast, east central and north central Kansas.  If you are interested in attending a talk for your area, please see the table below for locations and dates. This schedule will continue to be updated so if you do not see a talk scheduled in your area yet, please be patient.  We appreciate your interest!

February, 2015 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
19 Garnett, KS
(Anderson County)
7:00pm CST North Lake community building 709 North Lake Road
23 Emporia, KS
(Lyon County)
7:00pm CST County Fair Grounds Bowyer Building Hwy 50 and Industrial Road
24 McLouth, KS
(Jefferson County)
7:00pm CST McLouth High School Auditorium, 217 Summit St. McLouth, Ks. 66054
25 Sabetha , KS
(Nemaha County)
7:00pm CST Community Building 1116 Main st.
26 Hiawatha, KS
(Brown County)
7:00pm CST Fisher Center 201 East Iowa Street, northeast of junction of Highway 36 and 73
March, 2015 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
02 Topeka, KS
(Shawnee County)
3:00pm CST Washburn University Memorial Union (Student Union)
Contact Information: Dave Sterbenz, Director Shawnee County Emergency M
02 Topeka, KS
(Shawnee County)
7:00pm CST Washburn University Memorial Union (Student Union)
Contact Information: Dave Sterbenz, Director Shawnee County Emergency M
03 Horton, KS
(Brown County)
7:00pm CST Horton High School Auditorium, located at 1120 1st Ave East in Horton.
04 Junction City, KS
(Geary County)
7:00pm CST 4-H Senior Citizen Center located at 1025 S. Spring Valley Rd Junction City
05 Holton, KS
(Jackson County)
7:00pm CST Jackson County Senior Citizens Building, 312 Penn. Ave
09 Ottawa, KS
(Franklin County)
7:00pm CDT Celebration Hall 1737 S. Elm
10 Belleville , KS
(Republic County)
6:30pm CDT 4H Building Fairgrounds in Belleville.
11 Minneapolis, KS
(Ottawa County)
7:00pm CDT Ottawa County Courthouse basement. 307 N. Concord, Minneapolis KS(South Door to basement)
12 Overbrook, KS
(Osage County)
7:00pm CDT Overbrook Public Library
16 Concordia, KS
(Cloud County)
7:00pm CDT Cloud County Community College
17 Washington, KS
(Washington County)
7:00pm CDT Emergency Services Building. 900 D street
18 Lawrence, KS
(Douglas County)
7:00pm CDT Lawrence Arts Center. 940 New Hampshire St.
19 Clay Center, KS
(Clay County)
7:00pm CDT Baptist Church Meeting Hall corner of 5th and Dexter.
23 Wamego, KS
(Pottawatomie County)
7:00pm CDT Wamego Volunteer Fire Dept. 514 Plum st.
24 Manhattan , KS
(Riley County)
3:00pm CDT Four Points by Sheraton 530 Richards Dr
24 Manhattan, KS
(Riley County)
7:00pm CDT Four Points by Sheraton 530 Richards Dr
25 Eskridge, KS
(Wabaunsee County)
7:00pm CDT Mission Valley Schools USD #330, 12913 Mission Valley Road, Eskridge, KS.
26 Council Grove, KS
(Morris County)
7:00pm CDT Morris County Courthouse basement 501 West Main Street
30 Burlington, KS
(Coffey County)
7:00pm CDT Coffey County Fairgrounds 4H Building 605 S. Third
April, 2015 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
06 Herington, KS
(Dickinson County)
7:00pm CDT Community Center 700 south Broadway
09 Blue Rapids, KS
(Marshall County)
7:00pm CDT Community Center 4 Public Square, Blue Rapids, KS 66411