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National Weather Service To Host Safety & Information Talks

Every year, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks which are open to the general public. Presentations are typically around 90 minutes long, and are given by a meteorologist from our office. The 2014 show will focus on severe storm safety, preparedness, and awareness. Storm structure and accurate identification of important cloud features associated with supercell and squall line thunderstorms are also touched on.

While attending a talk we provide you with our contact information. We encourage everyone to call the NWS once it is safe to do so in order to pass along critical information about any severe weather you experience. We may also call you at your home after the severe weather has passed to inquire about possible damage or hail size.

If you are unable to attend a class, or just want to review concepts, online spotter training courses are available to you!

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

Additional valuable online spotter training videos can be found via the NWS Norman website

Finally, an updated reference guide is available for download. Just follow the link below.

New and improved storm spotter reference guide for download.

Below you will find a table of scheduled talks for 2014 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.

February, 2014 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
18 Seneca, KS
(Nemaha County)
7:00pm CST The Pioneer Building. 710 Pioneer Street.
19 Burlington, KS
(Coffey County)
7:00pm CST Coffey County Fairgrounds 4H Building 605 S. Third
20 Council Grove, KS
(Morris County)
7:00pm CST Courthouse meeting room 501 W. Main
24 Meriden, KS
(Jefferson County)
7:00pm CST Jeff-West High School 619 Condray St. Meriden, Ks, 66512
25 Ottawa, KS
(Franklin County)
7:00pm CST Celebration Hall 1701 S. Elm
26 Hiawatha, KS
(Brown County)
7:00pm CST Fisher Center 201 East Iowa Street, northeast of junction of Highway 36 and 73
27 Summerfield, KS
(Marshall County)
7:00pm CST Summerfield Fire Dept. 211 Main Street.
March, 2014 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
03 Junction City, KS
(Geary County)
7:00pm CST 4-H Senior Citizen Center located at 1025 S. Spring Valley Rd Junction City
04 Clay Center, KS
(Clay County)
7:00pm CST Baptist Church Meeting Hall corner of 5th and Dexter.
05 Manhattan, KS
(Riley County)
7:00pm CST Four Points by Sheraton 530 Richards Dr
06 Garnett, KS
(Anderson County)
7:00pm CST North Lake community building 709 North Lake Road
10 Concordia, KS
(Cloud County)
7:00pm CDT Cloud County Community College
11 Holton, KS
(Jackson County)
7:00pm CDT Jackson County Senior Citizens Building, 312 Penn. Ave
12 Minneapolis, KS
(Ottawa County)
7:00pm CDT Ottawa County Courthouse basement. 307 N. Concord, Minneapolis KS(South Door to basement)
13 Lyndon, KS
(Osage County)
7:00pm CDT Lyndon High School Auditorium
17 Washington, KS
(Washington County)
7:00pm CDT Emergency Services Building. 900 D street
18 Emporia, KS
(Lyon County)
7:00pm CDT County Fair Grounds Bowyer Building Hwy 50 and Industrial Road
19 Horton, KS
(Brown County)
7:00pm CDT Horton High School Auditorium, located at 1120 1st Ave East in Horton.
20 Belleville , KS
(Republic County)
6:30pm CDT 4H Building Fairgrounds in Belleville.
24 Topeka, KS
(Shawnee County)
3:00pm CDT Washburn University Memorial Union (Student Union)
Contact Information: Dave Sterbenz, Director Shawnee County Emergency M
24 Topeka, KS
(Shawnee County)
7:00pm CDT Washburn University Memorial Union (Student Union)
Contact Information: Dave Sterbenz, Director Shawnee County Emergency M
25 Lawrence, KS
(Douglas County)
7:00pm CDT South Middle School 2734 Louisiana St.
31 Westmoreland, KS
(Pottawatomie County)
7:00pm CDT Westmorland fire station 305 south 6th St.
April, 2014 – Upcoming
Day City, State Time Location
10 Abilene , KS
(Dickinson County)
7:00pm CDT Abilene Community Center

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