Well it official. I have passed the stringent requirements to become a Skywarn Weather Spotter. The Skywarn program use volunteers to report on severe weather events. While the meteorologists can predict weather and use radar and other tools to evaluate a storm from a distance, they lack information on what is happening on the ground. For this they rely on volunteer skywarn weather spotters. I attended the training this last week.
The requirements are quite easy - attend a two hour training session on the identification of severe weather and then call in when you see it. That's as stringent as it gets. You can get mroe infomration from teh link above.