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Flash Flood Watches in Southeast and Tennessee Valley; Critical Fire Weather in California; Severe Weather in Upper Midwest

Flash flood watches are in effect today in parts of the Southeast and Tennessee Valley from organized areas of heavy to excessive rainfall. Meanwhile, critical fire weather conditions are likely across northern California with offshore winds and dry conditions. Finally, a strong cold front will produce severe thunderstorms across the Upper to Mid Mississippi Valley. Read More >

Due to the ongoing pandemic, NWS Topeka will only be providing virtual (online) spotter training this year. If you are interested in attending a virtual talk, please register using one of the links below. 

Each talk will be around one hour in length and offer you the chance to ask questions about severe weather as well using the GoToWebinar software.

Thu, Mar 25
@ 7:00 pm
Register Here!


Even if you're not interested in the live virtual shows, you can still take advantage of online spotter training resources that exist across the internet.  There are some excellent sources of information available online!


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

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

Not enough....want more? College-level materials can be found at the
Storm Prediction Center.

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.