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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 25, 2020. The class will be conducted at the Finneytown High School Performing Arts Center, 8916 Fontainbleau Terrace., 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 HERE 

Course Description:

In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning caused hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKY-WARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. 

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In an average year, the the United States experiences more than 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes. NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. 

Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches and nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter. 

In this free 2 hour training, you will learn: 

• Basics of thunderstorm development 

• Fundamentals of storm structure 

• Identifying potential severe weather features 

• Information to report 

• How to report information 

• Basic severe weather safety 


In Partnership With: 

Springfield Township Fire Dept. & the National Weather Service 

Questions may be directed to Matthew N. Moynihan, Training and Exercise Specialist, at 513.263.8205 or by email at