Severe Weather Spotter Training

Sam Lashley, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NWS Indianapolis office, has made the following announcement regarding severe weather spotter training:

Well it is that time of year to start thinking about spotter talks. I have held off as long as possible to see how the COVID situation would unfold but with numbers still high and a likely lag in improvement, I must now move forward with my contingency plans which are outlined below. NWS staff are still not allowed to attend meetings or give talks in-person so I must proceed with live, online spotter training for this year. Please forward this information to your staff, spotters, amateur radio operators and feel free to publicize any way you can. Questions can be sent directly to me.

All NWS Indianapolis spotter talks this Spring will be held virtually and live. We will use GotoWebinar software, which can host up to 1000 people per session. I have scheduled 6 public sessions, scattered across various days and times in March. Those times are listed below. Pre-registration will be required, and I plan to ask for name, home county, call sign and contact email address. From this I can parse the registrations and send each county EM a list of those who signed up for the training by county.

Anyone can attend any of these 6 sessions as the training will be identical in content, and I plan to keep each webinar to around 90 minutes. Unfortunately due to copyright issues and privacy concerns, these webinars will not be recorded. Other opportunities for online training exist and will be shared during this training.

Below are the dates, times and registration links for each training opportunity. People only need to attend 1 of these sessions, but they must make sure they register using the unique URL for the date they wish to attend. This information and registration links are also available on our spotter training website at
I know this is different and unique but we must adapt and press forward. Please let me know if you have any questions on this.

Sam Lashley
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
6900 W. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46241
317-856-0361 ext. 726

Session information and registration can be found here: