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Every year the National Weather Service in Indianapolis hosts free storm spotter classes open to the public. This year all classes will be held virtually.

Those interested can register here – https://www.weather.gov/ind/spotter

The National Weather Service relies on reports from the public.

Whether it’s strong winds that lead to damage, heavy rainfall causing flooding, hail size reports, different types of severe weather clouds, and even tornadoes.

The public can download the mPING app on Android and IOS devices and report weather conditions from their area. These observations are useful to the NWS.

These classes prepare the public to report all types of weather while doing it safely.

And the best part is, the training can be done from the comfort of home for free.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis will host six online classes on these dates and times. 

  • March 8th at 6:30 p.m. EST 
  • March 10th at 4 p.m. EST 
  • March 13th at 10 a.m. EST 
  • March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. EDT 
  • March 24th at 2 p.m. EDT

The Louisville office of the National Weather Service has an online module the public can complete at https://www.weather.gov/lmk/spottertraining