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Severe Thunderstorm Threat From the Central Plains to the Northeast; Extreme HeatRisk for the East Coast

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible from the central Plains to the Northeast through this evening. Widespread damaging winds are the primary threat but hail and a tornado or two is also possible. Extremely dangerous heat continues across the Eastern U.S. Warm overnight low temperatures will provide little to no relief. Read More >

Storm Spotter Training 2024

We have concluded all of our spotter training across eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas for the season.


Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials, and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.
Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques. Typically, the training is coordinated by a local group (such as an emergency management agency) and a NWS meteorologist serves as the guest instructor. The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes, but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, severe weather reporting, and important safety considerations.
The training is free, and all the classes listed below are open to the public.  The sessions not listed as "virtual" are in-person at the specified hosting site, and do not require a pre-registration.  The virtual training sessions require a preregistration.  Choose the virtual session that you'd like to attend, click the registration link associated with that date's session, and complete the information requested to register.
Contact WCM Ed Calianese for any questions.


February 2024
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
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Sunday 11        
Monday 12        
Tuesday 13 Wagoner Wagoner 630 pm Wagoner Civic Center
Wednesday 14        
Thursday 15 Muskogee Muskogee 600 pm Civic Center
Friday 16        
Saturday 17        
Sunday 18        
Monday 19 Sequoyah Sallisaw 630 pm People Inc. Conference Center
Tuesday 20 Okmulgee Okmulgee 630 pm Green Country Tech Center
Wednesday 21 McIntosh Checotah 630 pm F.A.I.C. Fire Department
Thursday 22 Franklin Ozark 600 pm Collegiate Center, AR Tech Ozark
Friday 23        
Saturday 24 Washington OK Bartlesville 900 am Arvest Bank Community Room
Sunday 25        
Monday 26 Le Flore Poteau 630 pm Holton Business Center, Carl Albert State College
Tuesday  27 Mayes Pryor 600 pm Mayes County Event Center
Wednesday 28 Rogers Claremore 630 pm Courthouse
Thursday 29 Craig Vinita 630 pm Community Center/County Fairgrounds


March 2024
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
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Monday 11 Cherokee Tahlequah 630 pm Emergency Operations Center
Tuesday 12 Choctaw Hugo 630 pm Kiamichi Technology Center
Wednesday 13        
Thursday 14 Latimer Wilburton 600 pm Canceled - Severe Weather
Friday 15        
Saturday 16 Tulsa Tulsa 900 am OSU Tulsa, Auditorium
Sunday 17        
Monday 18 Crawford Van Buren 600 pm Figure Five Fire Station, Hwy 59
Tuesday 19 Virtual Virtual 630 pm Completed
Wednesday  20        
Thursday 21        
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Sunday 24        
Monday 25 Sebastian Ft Smith 600 pm Sebastian County EOC
Tuesday 26 Benton Bentonville 630 pm Walmart Auditorium, NWACC
Wednesday 27 Virtual Virtual 630 pm Completed
Thursday 28 Pawnee Pawnee 630 pm Women's Building, Fairgrounds
Friday 29        
Saturday  30        
Sunday  31        


April 2024
Day Date County City Time Location/Notes
Monday 1 Virtual Virtual 630 pm Canceled due to severe weather
Tuesday 2 Washington AR Fayetteville 630 pm  East Annex, Washington County Sheriff's Office 
Wednesday 3        
Thursday 4        
Friday 5 Creek Mannford 600 pm Freedom Hill FD
Saturday 6        
Sunday  7