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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Weather Spotter Training

by Brian Hale, Scanner News

(Scottsbluff, Neb) We take severe weather warnings very seriously at Scotts Bluff County Scanner. We are constantly scanning weather maps, radars, and other Warning Systems to help the community in case of any severe weather event. However, please keep in mind that we are a team of part-time citizen volunteers, and are NOT an official NOAA broadcast outlet. Our scanner license is to broadcast police and ems only, so we leave the weather to our friends at KNEB and the National Weather Service.

We are pleased to announce that we have 2 trained veteran weather spotters on our team with 4 others planning to attend the training shown below.  Our goal is to have multiple volunteer weather spotters in order to do the best job for the community. The more eyes we have out there to protect the community, the better! We highly recommend this course to anyone interested in severe weather.

There is also an online course offered through the website listed below which carries the description; 

"This course covers the basics of being a SKYWARN Spotter. The goal of the course is to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple modules covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and spotter report criteria) and safety considerations for all hazards."

At the end of this course, learners should be able to:
  • Describe the role of the SKYWARN Spotter
  • Identify examples of proper safety while spotting during specific spotting scenarios
  • Identify reportable events and criteria for reporting
  • List the seven required pieces of information to communicate when making a spotter report
  • Demonstrate how to make clear and succinct spotter reports
  • Identify from a photo or video important visual features to report

This course is designed for any individual who is interested in becoming a registered SKYWARN Spotter or learning more about the SKYWARN Spotter program and is free of charge to all individuals.

For more information about the course, or to sign up online, visit

All of us at the Scotts Bluff County Scanner look forward to serving the community during the upcoming severe weather season. Thank you for following and sharing our facebook page with everyone you know who has ever lived in the area.

Brian Hale, owner of Hale Multimedia and Mobile Marketing was born and raised in Scotts Bluff County and has been in the business of custom programming since 1978, building websites since 1996 and mobile applications since 2012.  He can be reached at 940 224-6315 or

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