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2012 National Weather Service Storm Spotter Talks Schedule

Every year, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents spotter talks which are open to the general public.  Presentations are typically 1-1.5 hours long, and are given by a meteorologist from our office. Safety information will be provided as well as examples of various types of severe storms that impact Kansas each year.

While attending a talk we provide you with our contact information.  We encourage everyone to call the NWS once you are safe to pass along critical information about any severe weather you experienced.  We may also call you at your home and ask you about ongoing weather in your area or after the severe weather has passed to inquire about possible damage or hail size.

In addition, this year the NWS will provide supplemental on-line spotter training.  This training is focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. We strongly encourage all county spotters and others who are interested in becoming spotters to complete this training as an introduction into basic spotting concepts.  This training takes around one hour can be accessed at

We also have a new and improved storm spotter reference guide for download.

Below you will find a table of scheduled talks for 2012 in the NWS Topeka coverage area, which includes northeast, east central and north central Kansas.  If you are interested in attending a talk for your area, please see the table below for locations and dates. This schedule will continue to be updated so if you do not see a talk scheduled in your area yet, please be patient.  We appreciate your interest!

February, 2012 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
13 Seneca, KS
(Nemaha County)
7:00pm CST 710 Pioneer Street (north entry doors) Seneca KS
14 Meriden, KS
(Jefferson County)
7:00pm CST Jefferson West Grade School 301 Main Meriden, KS 66512
15 Alma, KS
(Wabaunsee County)
7:00pm CST Wabaunsee High School Commons 912 Missouri St, Alma, KS 66401
16 Council Grove, KS
(Morris County)
7:00pm CST Courthouse meeting room 501 W. Main
Contact Information: Ross Olson 785-243-8681
21 Horton, KS
(Brown County)
7:00pm CST Horton High School Auditorium, located at 1120 1st Ave East in Horton.
22 Burlington, KS
(Coffey County)
7:00pm CST Coffey County Fairgrounds 4H Building 605 S. Third
23 Clay Center, KS
(Clay County)
7:00pm CST Baptist Church Meeting Hall corner of 5th and Dexter
27 Junction City, KS
(Geary County)
7:00pm CST 4H Senior Center 1025 S. Spring Valley Road
28 Lawrence, KS
(Douglas County)
6:30pm CST South Middle School 2734 Louisiana St., Lawrence, KS
29 Hiawatha, KS
(Brown County)
7:00pm CST Fisher Center
March, 2012 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
01 Garnett, KS
(Anderson County)
7:00pm CST North Lake community building in Garnett
05 Topeka, KS
(Shawnee County)
3:00pm CST Washburn University Memorial Union (Student Union)
Contact Information: Dave Sterbenz, Director Shawnee County Emergency M
05 Topeka, KS
(Shawnee County)
7:00pm CST Washburn University Memorial Union (Student Union)
Contact Information: Dave Sterbenz, Director Shawnee County Emergency M
06 Manhattan, KS
(Riley County)
7:00pm CST Pottorf Hall (CICO park)
07 Holton, KS
(Jackson County)
7:00pm CST Jackson County Senior Citizens Building, 312 Penn. Ave
08 Ottawa, KS
(Franklin County)
7:00pm CST Celebration Hall 1701 S. Elm
12 Emporia, KS
(Lyon County)
7:00pm CDT County Fair Grounds Anderson Building Hwy 50 and Industrial Road
13 Belleville, KS
(Republic County)
7:00pm CDT 4H Building at the Fair grounds, Belleville
14 Concordia, KS
(Cloud County)
7:00pm CDT Cloud County Community College
15 Osage City, KS
(Osage County)
7:00pm CDT USD # 420 Auditorium, 420 S. 5th St., Osage City, Ks.
19 Washington, KS
(Washington County)
7:00pm CDT EMERGENCY SERVICES BUILDING 900 D STREET, WASHINGTON, KS
21 Frankfort, KS
(Marshall County)
7:00pm CDT Annunciation Cigna Center, 402 North Maple, Frankfort Kansas
27 Location Undetermined
(Pottawatomie County)
7:00pm CDT TBA
28 Minneapolis, KS
(Ottawa County)
7:00pm CDT Ottawa County Courthouse basement. 307 N. Concord, Minneapolis KS(South Door to basement)

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