2021 SkyWarn Virtual Spotter Training

For Eastern North Dakota and 
Northwest through West-Central Minnesota 

Every Monday and Tuesday in April, 2021!

Monday Evenings at 7-8 pm CDT
(April 5, 12, 19, 26)

Tuesday Afternoons at 2-3 pm CDT
(April 6, 13, 20, 27)

[Note: Spotter classes are free of charge and open to the public]

How to Sign up for a Virtual Class


  1. Click the class you would like to attend below to show the registration link, or simply click here > SkyWarn Refresher Registration


  1. Complete the registration form. If more than one person will be watching, you don't need to register more than once - we'll send an email about how to register as a spotter and get your certificate after the class. 


  1. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to join. Before the class, please visit the GoToWebinar System Check and try a test session to make sure your computer, tablet, or smartphone is ready to attend the class! If you do not have a strong internet connection, you will have the option to call in by phone to listen to the audio.


Why?  Every county in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota can expect to see at least one tornado, on average, every year – and some years can see multiple such events! Every year there will be at least one devastating tornado (EF3 or greater) within a hundred miles your location.  Large hail and damaging downburst wind events are even more frequent. 


This SkyWarn Spotter Quick Refresh Class is designed as both an informational class for the general public, and certification training for the serious SkyWarn Spotter. The class runs about an hour in length and covers in basic terms what severe weather is, how it develops, and how severe storms generally behave.  Computer graphics, slides and video clips will introduce the participants to the great variety of storm phenomena which affect the area.      


For questions concerning the SkyWarn program or to find area contacts for SkyWarn Spotter groups near you, contact your local Office of Emergency Management or check the National Weather Service website at: https://www.weather.gov/fgf/skywarn