Despite advances for early detection of severe weather, the trained spotter is still an essential component of the National Weather Service (NWS) warning process. The Oakland County Homeland Security Division coordinates this FREE program open to residents of Oakland County on a first come first served basis. 

Class session typically last 1.5 hours and train individuals on how to accurately observe weather phenomena such as floods, hail, wind and its associated damage, cloud features that lead to tornadoes, and cloud features that do not lead to severe weather are all covered. 

Those interested in becoming a severe weather spotter are encouraged to attend one of the FREE upcoming Skywarn training sessions. To register and view the full list of upcoming classes, please visit Oakland County's Homeland Security website