Collier County Government offices closed Monday, February 19, in observation of Presidents' Day.

SKYWARN - Collier county

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See the Miami Weather Service Forecast Office site for general information about the SKYWARN program.    Click HERE.

FREE & Open to the Public - SPECIAL Skywarn Certification Training Opportunity:  None scheduled at this time...  To register,  you can e-mail the Collier County Skywarn Coordinator.

Annual Collier County Skywarn training
has been set for a Saturday, 3 March 2018.  The training will be delivered at the South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, 34113.  Class will begin at 10 am and continue to ~2:30pm. You may bring snacks as there will only be two 15-minute breaks and no extended lunch break.  To register,  you can e-mail the Collier County Skywarn Coordinator.

Special training can be arranged.  E-mail Rick at

(Lee County training opportunities are addressed below. (NOTE:  We have a reciprocal agreement with Tampa Weather Office for them to train Collier residents and they will be certified for Collier weather spotting.)

Email to be notified  ( for when the training is scheduled.

Spotters should attend Refresher training at least every two years. 

ANNUAL SKYWARN CLASSES & Refresher Training....

WHAT/WHEN:  Offered once on a Saturday, 3 March 2018..  The certification class starts at 10am and continues to 2:30 pm (with two 15-minute breaks and no extended break for lunch).  Special certification classes may be offered anytime....

WHERE:   Collier County's South Regional Library
                  8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, 34113

Lee County Skywarn/Spotter Training   - Classes are listed below:

(NOTE:  Lee County training can qualify for a Collier County Certification)

for more Lee County Skywarn Information
Emergency Operations Center
2665 Ortiz Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Call 239-533-3622 or 3608.  

To register for the Collier County Training. Must be over 18 years old.  Free training opportunity on Community Weather Awareness provided by FEMA.  (IS-271 Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk)

If you can't wait for the class to attend, perhaps you want to "Become A Storm Spotter From Home", unofficially.  Liam shared this site with some useful and interesting references. 

This funnel cloud formed west of Immokalee on 17 Oct 2013, 1750 hrs.  Photo by Alex Ihrig.

Sunday, 24 Jun 2012, about 1pm. 
This photo was taken by Steve Athey looking north at the intersection of Immokalee Rd and Everglades Blvd.


Sunday, 24 Jun 2012,  A tornado associated with Tropical Storm Debbie taken by Spotter Rick Gossard.  Click HERE to view it.

Saturday, 23 June 2012, just before 4pm.  This tornado hit the area around Rattlesnake Hammock and US-41 and then apparently skipped over to the North Collier Regional Hospital grounds, off Immokalee road.  Picture was taken by Win Turner.


Thursday July, 25 2002 @ 1700 - Funnel Clouds Over Immokalee Sighted by Eric Gissendaner, KF4IXA

Skywarn - Funnel Clouds Over Immokalee on July 25, 2002

Thursday, 03-27-2003 @ ~2:30pm -A tornado over The Estuary NW of Airport and Golden Gate Pkwy by Jeffrey Letourneau, Collier Co. Code Enforcement

Skywarn - Tornado over Estuary on March 27, 2003

Thursday, 03-27-2003 @ ~3pm -Tornado near US-41, 3 miles West of SR-29 by Paul Wilson

Skywarn - Tornado near US-41 on March 27, 2003

Tuesday, 18 Sept 2007, @ ~6PM, Don Blalock took a picture of this pair of water spouts about seven miles from  Marco Island.  On this particular day, several spouts appeared around the coastline of Collier County.


Thursday, 2 July 2009 in the late afternoon, Collier Co. Weather Spotter Debbie Ginden snapped this photo of a waterspout over the Gulf off Delnor Wiggens State Park. 

Storm Prediction Center, Norman Oklahoma

Miami NWS Forecast Office

Latest Naples Temperature From Weather Underground

Other SKYWARN Sites:

A Comprehensive Glossary of Weather Terms for Storm Spotters

The Storm Chaser Page

Skywarn Texts:

Spotter Ethics

Spotter Safety

Thoughts on Chasing

SDS: Supercell Deprivation Syndrome

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