National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training Sessions Throughout The Area

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in North Platte, in coordination with county emergency management, volunteer fire departments and other local community organizations offer storm spotter training at several locations across west-central Nebraska to help prepare for the severe weather season.

The spotter training is free of charge and open to anyone who has an interest in severe weather. For this spotter season, the NWS worked to revitalize portions of the training, including the addition of new pictures and videos, interactive scenarios and hands-on activities to practice severe weather reporting.

For more information, please contact NWS North Platte at (308) 532-0921. A listing of the 2020 Spotter Training Schedule across Western and North Central Nebraska is available on the North Platte NWS website,

The webpage will be updated daily as additional spotter training requests are processed by the National Weather Service in North Platte. The National Weather Service welcomes public feedback. If you have any questions or comments on the planned spotter talks, please contact Shawn Jacobs, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at or by phone (308) 534-7017 ext. 726.

Local Spotter Trainings (all times are Central unless noted):


10th Taylor; 7:00 PM; Region 26 Emergency Management 402 4th Street, Taylor; Contact: Linda Lewis (308) 942-2461

20th Thedford; 7:00 PM; Thedford Volunteer Fire Department; Contact: Linda Lewis (308) 942-2461

26th Purdum; 6:30 PM; Purdum Church; Contact: Linda Lewis (308) 942-2461


9th Anselmo; 7:00 PM; Fire Hall; Contact: Mark Rempe (308) 872-3349

17th Ansley; 7:00 PM; Fire Hall; Contact: Mark Rempe (308) 872-3349

24th Burwell; 6:30 PM; Burwell Jr/Sr High School; Contact: Linda Lewis (308) 942-2461

25th Callaway; 7:00 PM; Callaway Fire Hall; Contact: Mark Rempe (308) 872-3349

31st Broken Bow; 7:00 PM; Broken Bow Fire Department; Contact: Mark Rempe (308) 872-3349


7th Tryon; 7:00 PM; Fire Hall; Contact: National Weather Service

21st Mullen; 7:00 PM (MT); Fire Hall; Contact: Sheriff’s Office

A complete list of storm spotter training sessions can be found by going to the NWS website: