***Update 4/9/2016*** Registration for the 2016 advanced spotter class is now closed. We are one week out and we have more people on the wait list than we will be able to move up to the class. Thank you for your interest! Information on the class follows for those who are accepted.
***Update 3/28/2016*** As the date for the advanced class approaches, we need to start making final preparations and releasing more information on the class. Mercy Hospital is a great venue for this class. Here is some information to make the day flow smoothly.
Parking: There is a parking garage directly in front of the hospital. Please keep in mind that normal hospital operations continue during the class. We need to minimize the effect of a couple hundred extra people and especially their cars as people continue to seek medical care and visit family members. Mercy Hospital has asked us to leave the top (ground) level of the parking garage for regular hospital operations. Please park in the lower level of the garage or the overflow lot along the main driveway. Any handicapped individuals may park as needed.
Class location: The class is in the conference center. Enter the main entrance to the hospital. The elevators are straight ahead. Take the elevators down one level to level T. The conference center is just outside the elevators.
Check-in: There will be a check-in table at the entrance to the auditorium. Name tags will be printed for each registered attendee. Please stop at the table so we can check you in and give you your name tag. The name tag is necessary for entrance to the auditorium.
Misc: There are vending machines and a cafeteria near the auditorium should you want to purchase drinks.
WARN is very excited to host the National Weather Service's Advanced Severe Weather Spotter Course on Saturday, April 16, 2016. While we (the Weather Amateur Radio Network) are acting as hosts, this class IS NOT just for ham radio operators.
It is strongly suggested that attendees have attended a basic spotter course before attending the advanced class, although it is not a prerequisite.
Class size is limited and registration is required. To insure we do not exceed capacity we cannot admit anyone without a reservation. For reservations, please visit our registration page. Each person wishing to attend must register separately.
We're happy to be working with Mercy West Hospital who is providing us with a location for the course. The course will be held in the auditorium. We thank Mercy West Hospital for their hospitality!
Each year the Wilmington, Ohio office of the National Weather Service does one Advanced course somewhere in their area. They move it around between the metropolitan areas of Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati. This year is Cincinnati's turn.
The doors will open at 9:00am and the class will begin at 9:30am. The NWS personnel have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on what promises to be a great program. Class will conclude by around 1:30pm.
*We've seen a few people that have registered more than once after we've sent a confirmation email. If you have registered before 1/31/2016 and not received a confirmation email, check your SPAM folder.*
***Update 1/31/2016*** The advanced class is now full. Any further registration requests will be wait-listed. Any cancellations will be replaced from the wait-list in the order received.***
Mercy West Hospital is located at 3300 Mercy Health Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45211, which is just off of I-74 at North Bend Road.