Weather spotter training classes

(Posted April 6, 2022)

The Wilmington, Ohio, office of the National Weather Service is hosting online weather spotter trainings. A basic class is set for April 18. An advanced class is set for April 30.

SKYWARN spotters are volunteers who become the “eyes and ears” of the National Weather Service. Spotters serve their communities by acting as a valuable source of information when dangerous storms approach.

The basic class will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. April 18. During the webinar, a National Weather Service meteorologist will teach participants how to properly identify and report significant weather events that have an impact on the safety of their communities, such as damaging winds, hail, heavy rain and tornadoes.

The advanced class will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 30. This class will get into greater detail about severe weather. Presentations will cover mesoscale analysis, using radar to analyze storms, advanced spotting techniques and thunderstorm structure, and a case study of a severe event from the 2021 season.

Organizers recommend that volunteers attend a basic spotter training class before attending advanced class, though it is not required.

It is strongly recommended that participants join the sessions from a computer for full-screen viewing. It’s also a good idea to test your audio capabilities in advance.

To register for the basic class, visit

To register for the advanced class, visit

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