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National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training

  • Salvation Army 6060 Castleway West Drive Indianapolis, IN, 46250 United States (map)

Indianapolis, IN – The National Weather Service (NWS) is offering a training course for aspiring storm spotters as part of the SKYWARN program on Saturday, March 9th from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at The Salvation Army Indiana Divisional Headquarters, 6060 Castleway West Drive in Indianapolis. Jason Puma, a Senior Meteorologist from the NWS’s Indianapolis office, coordinates storm spotter training for the area covered by the Indianapolis office.

SKYWARN spotter training is geared toward anyone with an interest in public safety during extreme weather events. The program is developed and taught by NWS meteorologists and teaches spotters how to report severe and hazardous weather to help in the weather warning process.

“SKYWARN spotters provide vital local information to the National Weather Service,” said Matthew Bechdol, Emergency Coordinator for the Marion County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). “Local storm spotters are often our first line of defense, reporting wind gusts, hail, rain and cloud formations that may be signs of impending severe weather.”

Anyone with an interest in public service is encouraged to attend a spotter training session. Volunteers may include police, fire and EMS personnel; dispatchers; public utility workers; officials employed by government agencies, hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes; Amateur Radio operators and any other concerned citizen.

Trainees will learn the basics of thunderstorm development, the fundamentals of storm structure, how to identify potential severe weather features, what information to report and how, as well as severe weather safety.

SKYWARN boasts nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters who help keep communities safe by providing timely and accurate severe weather reports to the National Weather Service.

For details regarding SKYWARN, visit
For additional spotter training sessions offered by the Indianapolis NWS office, visit

Media Contact:
Brent Walls
Public Information Officer Marion County ARES 317-557-7224