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April 27, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Grove Banquet & Event Center
9150 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231

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Spotter/Weather Safety Training

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Homeland Security and the National Weather Service (NWS) are hosting the NWS course entitled “Spotter/Weather Safety Training”. The program is designed for radio operators, emergency management , public safety officials and concerned citizens. The deadline to register is April 19, 2017.

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Homeland Security and the National Weather Service (NWS) are hosting the NWS course entitled “Spotter/Weather Safety Training”.  Classes are scheduled for February 23, 2017 and on April 27, 2017.

Both classes will be conducted at the Grove Banquet Hall, 9150 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231. The classes will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be approximately two hours in duration.  You need only attend one session.
The course is provided free of charge and funded through NWS. 

Register online at:

Deadline to register for this course is 5 days prior to the program start.

You can also find updates on the Cincinnati UASI Homeland Security facebook page.


Course Description:
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.

Prerequisites & Course Fees: None

Questions may be directed to Emily Lakamp, Training and Exercise Specialist, at 513.263.8244