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March 2, 2010 Brandy Warren
(502) 852-8025
brandy.warren@louisville.edu

Storm spotter classes to be offered March 9

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the National Weather Service will hold two storm spotter classes March 9 at the Floyd Theater, inside the Student Activities Center.

The classes will be led by Joe Sullivan, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service, and Pete Womack, a senior medical technologist at UofL and long-time severe weather spotter.

The event is part of the university’s participation in Kentucky’s Severe Storms Awareness Month. Both classes are free and open to the public.

The spotter training class is a comprehensive presentation on the severe weather warning process. Attendees will learn about the tools that National Weather Service meteorologists use to identify potentially severe thunderstorms and how spotters can provide critical information to help forecasters.

Emphasis is placed on using the Internet to increase awareness before and during potentially severe weather and getting spotter reports to the National Weather Service. The sessions will also discuss safety protocols.

The two classes will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Floyd Theater. Paid public parking is available in the Floyd Street Garage the day of the classes.

For more information about the class, contact Dennis Sullivan at (502) 852-2948 or Joe Sullivan at joe.sullivan@noaa.gov

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