The storm season in Rochester is a big deal. Wind, rain, tornados, we get hit with a lot of stuff, and the National Weather Service out of LaCrosse needs volunteers to be official weather spotters to help keep everyone informed. If you become a Skywarn Weather Spotter, you'll relay real-time weather information to the National Weather Service, which can literally save lives!

WHO CAN BE A SKYWARN SPOTTER?

Anyone 18-years-old and up can be a spotter. If you love talking about the weather, and your ears perk up at the sound of a thunderstorm warning, this is for you! A lot of times you'll hear about volunteer fire department people, law enforcement, and amateur radio operators being spotters because they're mobile and have excellent communication devices. But anyone can do it, as long as you have a way to contact officials with your information.

HOW DO YOU BECOME A SKYWARN SPOTTER?

Attend the free training. You don't need to register, it's open to the public, just show up. Bring something to take notes. Here's the seminar schedule for 'round here. If you want to do the webinars, email Todd by clicking here.