LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – March and April will bring a return to warmer weather. With the warmer weather thunderstorms will return, and the threat of severe weather with them. Strong winds, hail, flooding and tornadoes all become possible with the change of seasons.
Now is the time to begin preparing you and your family on how to stay safe. One of the best ways to get started is learn about severe storms and how they work. To help, the National Weather Service is holding a series of severe weather spotter training courses around the area. The sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held during March and April.
Each of the sessions will show you how you can identify severe thunderstorms and the dangerous conditions that accompany the storms. You can use these sessions to actually become a spotter, or you can use them to prepare for the upcoming season.
Here’s the schedule for the La Crosse NWS training sessions:
|March 4||6:30 p.m.||Fillmore||Chatfield, MN||Chatfield Elementary School|
|March 12||6:30 p.m.||La Crosse||La Crosse, WI||Marycrest Auditorium
Mayo Health System
|March 14||7:00 p.m.||Clayton||Edgewood, IA||Fire Station|
|March 18||6:30 p.m.||Olmsted||Rochester, MN||Rochester Int’l
|March 20||1:00 p.m.||ALL||NWS La Crosse Service Area||On-line Webinar
(Request access here)
|March 25||6:30 p.m.||Vernon||Viroqua, WI||Viroqua High School
|March 26||6:30 p.m.||Chickasaw||New Hampton, IA||Chickasaw County Rescue Squad
260 E.Prospect St.
|March 28||7:00 p.m.||ALL||NWS La Crosse Service Area||On-line Webinar
(Request access here)
|April 2||6:30 p.m.||Dodge||Kasson, MN||Kasson Mantorville High School
101 16th Street NE
|April 3||6:30 p.m.||Winona||Winona, MN||Winona County Office Bldg
202 W. 3rd Street
|April 8||6:30 p.m.||Jackson /
|Black River Falls, WI||Ho-Chunk Nation District Community Center
N7261 Warrior Road
|April 9||6:30 p.m.||Winneshiek||Ossian, IA||Ossian Fire Department|
|April 10||6:30 p.m.||Taylor||Medford, WI||Taylor County Multipurpose Room
(backside of 845 E.Broadway St.
|April 11||6:30 p.m.||Mitchell||Osage, IA||Mitchell County Conservation|
|April 15||6:30 p.m.||Adams||Adams, WI||Adams County
|April 16||6:30 p.m.||Wabasha||Lake City, MN||VFW
115 N Franklin Street
|April 22||6:30 p.m.||Grant||Platteville, WI||Fire Station|
For more information, visit The La Crosse National Weather Service Skywarn Spotter page.
WXOW Stormtracker 19 Chief Meteorologist Dan Breeden