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Fall weather spotter training moved online

The National Weather Service is still offering their spotter training course for winter storms, but like the spring sessions, they'll be virtual.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — In cooperation with CDC guidelines and recommendations from National Weather Service senior leadership, the National Weather Service office in Buffalo is offering their annual spotter training course for winter weather online this year. 

Fall training sessions are held from from September to December each year. Unlike the spring sessions, these focus on winter weather forecasting, impacts and safety. The course will go over winter hazards that could impact Western New York this season, including lake effect snow, wind storms and freezing precipitation. 

By attending one of these courses, you will be registered through the National Weather Service as a local spotter and learn how you protect your community during weather emergencies. Anyone can become a registered SKYWARN spotter through this NWS program. SKYWARN is a trademark of the National Weather Service and it's parent organization NOAA. 

Registration is free and each session is expected to last one to two hours. Each session is the same, so you only have to register and attend one, but each class has a separate registration form. 

NWS Buffalo Fall Spotter Training Schedule: 

For more information, contact Mike Fries at michael.j.fries@noaa.gov or Jon Hitchcock at jon.hitchcock@noaa.gov.