National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
Advanced Spotter Training
and Severe Weather Seminar

March 14, 2020 POSTPONED!
Dayton, OH

The Advanced Spotter Training is being postponed in coordination with
other efforts to mitigate potential negative impacts of COVID-19. The
training will be rescheduled at a later time.

The National Weather Service forecast office in Wilmington Ohio, in conjunction with Dayton Skywarn, will be hosting the 2020 Basic and Advanced spotter training classes in Dayton.
  WHEN:   Saturday, March 14 POSTPONED!
  BASIC CLASS:   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM POSTPONED!
WHERE:   University of Dayton
Kennedy Student Union Ballroom

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469

During the event, join NWS meteorologists for a detailed look at storm spotting and severe weather operations. The event will cover an in-depth look at advanced storm spotting strategies, the science of using weather radar in warning operations, and a special presentation on the Memorial Day 2019 tornado outbreak.

Location Information:

The Kennedy Student Union Ballroom is located on the 2nd floor of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Union.

Free parking is available in Lot B off of Stewart Street, or Lot C off of Founders Lane / Evanston Ave. Click the image to the right for a full-size map of parking locations.

Since we are expecting a large attendance, please allow yourself extra time to find parking and walk to the Kennedy Union for the class.

Morning Session Agenda:
  • Introduction from Dayton Skywarn
  • Basic Spotter Training from NWS Wilmington OH
  • Local TV Meteorologist Presentation and Q&A
Afternoon Session Agenda:
  • Introduction and Basic Class Review
  • Mesoscale Analysis
  • Radar Technology
  • Advanced Storm Spotting
  • Special Presentation: The 2019 Memorial Day Tornado Outbreak

Is there a cost to attend?
This event is free!

Is the event open to the public?
Yes! Anyone interested in learning more about severe weather can attend.

Should I attend a basic spotter class before attending the advanced class?
While not required, we strongly encourage anyone planning to attend the advanced class to attend a basic class beforehand. The basic class the morning before the advanced class is one option, but there are several other basic classes offered. See our Spotter Training Schedule for a list of available classes.