Anyone interested in becoming a storm spotter or learning more about weather should first signup and study/take the exams for Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics and Role of the Skywarn Spotter on MetEd.ucar.edu. These classes are also offered throughout the year by your local National Weather Service office if you prefer in person.
Anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to participate in their local NWS skywarn group need to besure to check the box when taking your exam to share results with local NWS office.
Register with SpotterNetwork.org and take the exam (note: 2 videos do not show up, so don't freak out). This will cover the same material from MetEd but will go into more details.
When registering with this website, besure to use your actual name and fillout the NWS contact section to the fullest. Applicants without a verified phone number and email will not be able to submit storm reports.
RadarScope is a thirdparty app downloaded from the app store for iOS and Android systems. This app allows spotters to link their spotternetwork account and submit live storm reports using the share button on the app. Spotters should never submit false reports and only make reports for storms they see in person and not thru TV or computer screens.
Seek out a veteran chaser and learn from them in person. Tag along with them on chases and besure to contribute in some way (read radar, take video/photos, gas money). Learn as much as you can from other chasers and study after hours. Chasing is dangerous; always chase with caution and with other people.
It is recommended that storm spotters and chasers engage with the community inorder to learn more from veteran spotters/chasers. Signup with StormTrack and join our community.