SKYWARN: Free Virtual Severe Weather Training Offered Tonight For Hopkins, Rockwall Counties

News Release – Feb. 7, 2022

In readiness for the 2022 season, the National Weather Service will be conducting a free, virtual severe weather training class for Hopkins County from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2022.

Officially called the SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class, the program will be held in partnership with Sulphur Springs Police Department. The Hopkins County severe weather program is one of several training sessions the Fort Worth National Weather Service Office will conduct between January and March 2022. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth provides forecasts, warnings, and weather services for 46 counties in North and Central Texas.

Tonight’s free virtual class is targeted toward people in Hopkins and Rockwall Counties, but anyone with an interest in severe weather, established storm spotters, and/or anyone who wants to learn more about the severe weather threats in North and Central Texas and how to be prepared.

This class is part of a regional severe weather preparedness campaign. To register for this annual online class or to view the full schedule of classes offered across the region will be conducted visit

The Feb. 17, 2022 program will feature an in-depth review and study of the various threats posed by severe thunderstorms, as well as thunderstorm characteristics and features associated with severe and non-severe storms. Additionally, the program highlights severe weather safety, and to report severe weather information to the National Weather Service Fort Worth Office and local public safety officials.

“By participating in this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” says Tom Bradshaw, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the NWS Fort Worth Office. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free classes to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.”

For more information on severe weather, visit, the NWS Facebook page,, or on Twitter at @NWSFortWorth.

The 2022 SKYWARN Class for Hopkins County and Rockwall Counties will be virtual, and is scheduled for Thursday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. The direct link to the registration page for the class is:

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