Spotter Training

The National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency managers host spotter training classes across central Iowa every spring. There are a combination of “in-person” spotter training classes scattered across central Iowa and webinar-based distance learning classes. In-person spotter training classes are offered in larger cities and towns and in several rural counties and small towns. Every county in the NWS, Des Moines, County Warning Area (CWA) will likely have an “in-person” spotter training class at least every other year. To supplement “in-person” training, the NWS also conducts webinars using Join-Me internet-based distance learning webinars. The webinars are open to all spotters.

One “advanced” spotter class is offered and built on what was taught in the regular class. It is intended for those who wish to do mobile spotting and desire a deeper understanding of meso-scale and storm scale meteorology as it relates to storm spotting. Spotters interested in attending this class should have attended a regular spotter class either ‘in-person” or webinar based.

For the Omaha area:

For the Quad Cities area:

For northwest Iowa:

For more information on the spotting classes in the Des Moines metro please visit:

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at:

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