What is weather spotting?

Weather spotting is a volunteer service for adults 18 years old or older. Held by the National Weather Service. They keep their communities safe by collecting environmental reports of the weather in their area. They help keep their communities safe by sending out alerts about severe weather.

As the National Weather Service says:

“As a trained spotter, you perform an invaluable service for the NWS. Your real-time, ground-truth observations of tornadoes, hail, wind, and significant cloud formations provide a truly reliable information base for severe weather detection and verification. By providing observations, you are assisting the meteorologists at Wilmington in their warning decisions and enabling the NWS to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property. Your spotter report can literally mean the difference between life and death!”

How do you become a weather spotter?

The first step is taking one of the free courses sponsored by The National Weather Service. This course usually takes place once a year, during the springtime and last around 2 hours. Through a multimedia presentation – you will learn basic to advanced information and techniques about weather spotting! Anyone can attend these courses, however, anyone under the age 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Where can I take a course on weather spotting? 

Each year your local county usually provides a course to attend. On February 8, 2018, from 7 pm to 9 pm., The UC Health West Chester Hospital in West Chester, Ohio will be hosting site of the course.
For more information, scheduling and to register for this event- click the following link for the Butler County EMA Training site: