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National Weather Spotter Training Class


Hamilton County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency, the National Weather Service (NWS) and Springfield Township Fire Department are hosting the NWS course entitled “Spotter/Weather Safety Training”. Class is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The class will be conducted at the Grove Banquet Hall, 9150 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.



The course is provided free of charge and funded through NWS. You do not need to be a resident to attend.


Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/1kaOQb3jCqMf5jO32.


Course Description:

This course will equip participants with the knowledge to become the “eyes and ears” for National Weather Service meteorologists. Spotter reports help our mete-orologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach.


SKYWARN® is a national Weather Service (NWS) program developed in the 1960’s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, truck drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their community.


Although NWS has access to data from Doppler radar, satellite, and surface weather stations, technology cannot detect every instance of hazardous weather. Spotters help fill in the gaps by reporting hail, wind damage, flooding, heavy snow, tornadoes and waterspouts. Radar is an excellent tool, but it is just that: one tool among many that NWS uses. We need spotters to report how storms and other hydrometeorological phenomena are impacting their area.


SKYWARN® spotter reports provide vital ‘ground truth” to the NWS. They act as the eyes and ears in the field. Spotter reports help our meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by NWS radar. Spotters also provide critical verification information that helps improve future warning services. SKYWARN® Spotters serve their local communities by acting as a vital source of information when dangerous storms approach. Without spotters, NWS would be less able to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.


Course Goals:

• Participants understand severe watches and warnings

• Participants become spotters who are able to relay their weather observations to NWS, emergency management, or public safety personnel for more accurate weather warnings.

• Once you attend a class, you are an officially trained spotter and can report severe weather to your NWS office.

Prerequisites & Course Fees: None


Questions may be directed to Samuel O. Reed, Training and Exercise Specialist, at 513.263.8244.