Skywarn 2013

January 26th, 2013 at 5:31 pm by under Weather

A group of a couple hundred Austinites gathered at McCallum High School to train as storm spotters today. It was a great crowd with about half being first-timers! Mark Monstrola and I were happy to attend.

Skywarn 2013 (Natalie Stoll/KXAN)

The program included talks by the National Weather Service and Dr. Kevin Kloesel from OU. Don’t worry, he’s a loyal yet displaced UT fan. It covered both the basic and advanced storm spotter trainings. Attendees left as official weather spotters for the NWS.

If you missed today’s event, there are more on the calendar for surrounding communities.

The Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office offers Skywarn severe weather training throughout year. Most Skywarn trainings are conducted in the Spring to coincide with severe weather season and allow citizens, first responders, emergency management, amateur radio operators, and volunteer organizations the opportunity to learn about severe weather preparedness and safety. Published trainings are all open to the general public.

After training is complete, usually 1.5 hours for the BASIC training, you will be an official weather spotter for the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service will count on you to be our “eyes” out in the field, when trying to verify severe weather across South Central Texas. With 33 counties under the jurisdiction of the Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service, it becomes very important to verify and accurately determine where severe weather is occurring. Real time reports to our office can save lives and property. Post storm reports can help help us find severe weather damage, tornado tracks, and verify severe weather warnings.

Skywarn training is now also offered online. This online training can be found at This online training should only be used to supplement what is taught at a local NWS Skywarn training. Attendance at a local NWS Skywarn training is highly encouraged. Besides learning about severe weather topics specific to South Central Texas, procedures for reporting severe weather to the local Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Office are also covered.

Please join us at one of the scheduled trainings. Additional trainings will be added to this site. If you would like the NWS to schedule a training in your area or schedule for a specific group, please contact Paul Yura, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at 830-629-0130 ext 223 or email

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