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Severe Weather Spotter (Skywarn) Training has been scheduled:


April 29, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Bismarck Public Library, Basement Auditorium
515 N. 5th St., Bismarck




Burleigh County Officials are preparing for severe summer weather and invite you to attend a Weather Spotter Training Course (SKYWARN Training) hosted at the Bismarck Library on April 29th at 1:30 PM. SKYWARN is a network of volunteers trained in weather observing and reporting for NOAA's National Weather Service and its mission (the protection of life and property). Training will last about an hour and 30 minutes. P.O.S.T. Board Credit for law enforcement is available for attending this course.

Topics covered will include:
  • Thunderstorm formation
  • Thunderstorm hazards
  • Definitions (flash flood-tornado-funnel cloud-downburst winds-microburst-etc)
  • History of severe weather in ND
  • Review of severe weather from 2014
  • The importance of reports (how and what to report)
  • Safety
  • Storm type (Ordinary Cell-Multicell-Supercell)
  • Storm strength (what to look for to determine it)
  • Storm structure (wall cloud-shelf cloud-mesocyclone-rain free base-rear flank downdraft)
Doppler RADAR is an outstanding tool, but it is not a video camera or camera at all: it does not "see" hail, it does not "see" tornadoes, it does not "see" flash floods-rather, RADAR "indicates" those things. The National Weather Service needs our reports; ground truth to what is happening.

John Paul Martin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the Bismarck National Weather Service, will be presenting the Weather Spotter Training Course

P.O.S.T. Board Credit for law enforcement is available for attending this course.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
No RSVP required.


ND Department of Emergency Services
The ND Department of Emergency Services hosts a listing of local training and exercises that have been scheduled throughout the State.
ND DES Training Site


FEMA Online
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Continuing education credit and college credit are available.
FEMA Online Training Website