Severe Storm Spotter Training

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:

Date Time County City Location
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
Event Center
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
Conf.Room 102A
April 8 6:30 p.m. Jackson /
Ho-Chunk Nation
Black River Falls, WI Ho-Chunk Nation District Community Center
2nd Floor
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
Community Center
Room 145B
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

Dan Breeden

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