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Mississippi Valley Summer Heat Wave; Severe Thunderstorms and Flooding Possible to the North

A dangerous summer heat wave will continue much of the Plains, Mid/Lower Mississippi Valley, Southeast U.S. today and Thursday. Areas of severe thunderstorms may occur today and again on Thursday from parts of the northern/central Rockies and High Plains into the Ohio Valley and Carolinas. Excessive rainfall over similar areas may bring flash flooding today and Thursday. Read More >

Beginning on March 1, NWS Topeka will be providing a mix of in-person and virtual (online) spotter training this year.  If you are interested in attending a show in-person please see the dates in March on the calendar below for one that is near you. 

If you do not see a public show in your county please sign up for a virtual talk using one of the links below the calendar. 


Register for online shows below

Each online talk will be around 60-90 minutes in length and offer you the chance to ask questions about severe weather through the GoToWebinar program.


Online Storm Safety and Information Show March 1st 7pm

Register Here


Online Storm Safety and Information Show March 16th 7pm

Register Here


Online Storm Safety and Information Show March 29th 7pm 

Register Here


Even if you are not interested in the live virtual shows, you can still take advantage of online spotter training resources linked below.


Additional valuable online spotter training videos can be found via the NWS Norman website under the training resources tab.


Looking for more advanced material? Check out the
Advanced Storm Spotter Training Webinar!


Finally, a reference guide is available for download. (Español)

Interested in becoming a volunteer spotter for the NWS? In addition to attending a virtual talk, please complete an online training class!

This training is focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. We strongly encourage all county spotters and others who are interested in becoming spotters to complete this training as an introduction into basic spotting concepts. This training takes around two hours and is split into two modules.