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Title: Joining Skywarn
Post by: captainjackfan58 on May 23, 2019, 11:00:07 AM
I would like to get in a class for NW Ohio Napoleon, Ohio (Henry County Ohio) Need to find out when they will be next season! They told me I was too late this year,
Title: Re: Joining Skywarn
Post by: nincehelser on May 23, 2019, 12:10:21 PM
I recently went to a local Skywarn class as a refresher.  I haven't been to one in years.

It was a disappointment.  Hardly any useful information at all, except "call this unlisted 800 number if you see something".

They also took a group "Safe Place Selfie".   :roll:

Title: Re: Joining Skywarn
Post by: captainjackfan58 on May 23, 2019, 02:15:45 PM
 :roll: So basically it is a waste of time?
Title: Re: Joining Skywarn
Post by: txweather.org on May 23, 2019, 02:19:45 PM
:roll: So basically it is a waste of time?

Doug,

I say go to the class despite of what others say.... You be the judge of it.
I hope you enjoy the class!
Title: Re: Joining Skywarn
Post by: nincehelser on May 23, 2019, 02:22:34 PM
It depends.  The one I took years ago was far more informative.  I donít know why this one was so miserable.


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Title: Re: Joining Skywarn
Post by: Jasiu on May 23, 2019, 02:23:52 PM
Monitor your local NWS office site. URL is https://www.weather.gov/ plus the three letter code; i.e.

  https://www.weather.gov/box/ (https://www.weather.gov/box/)

If you look there (Boston/Norton), the first "headline" is about upcoming spotter classes. Each office will have these on a different schedule and if they are done for the year they will not be listed.

The Boston office also has a specific SKYWARN page.

  https://www.weather.gov/box/skywarn (https://www.weather.gov/box/skywarn)

If you don't find anything like this on your office's site, look up the contact info and email/call. Ask to be alerted when the next set of classes is scheduled.

The class I went to (four years ago - up for refresher next year) was good. Lots of info on thunderstorm anatomy, how to positively discern key features from "scud", how to report, etc.


Title: Re: Joining Skywarn
Post by: lddaly on May 24, 2019, 12:27:23 PM
I recently went to a local Skywarn class as a refresher.  I haven't been to one in years.

It was a disappointment.  Hardly any useful information at all, except "call this unlisted 800 number if you see something".

They also took a group "Safe Place Selfie".   :roll:

I think the quality of the class has a lot to do with the hosting NWS forecast office and county ARES (amateur radio emergency services) involvement. I have attended our county Skywarn class every year for over 10 years and the presentations were always updated with recent content and different speakers and topics. Yes, some of it is just review, but I have always left having learned something new. Our county hosts a full day event, both basic and advanced sessions, advanced radar interpretations, and speakers... this year was Tim Marshall https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_P._Marshall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_P._Marshall). It is always a packed house too. (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0IalSKXcAARVdt?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)