Registrations open for Allen Co. Severe Weather Seminar

The Allen County chapter of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, in collaboration with the Allen County Office of Homeland Security, invites all interested persons to attend its 2020 Allen County Severe Weather Seminar, Saturday, March 28, 2020.

This seminar offers the two sessions described below (all times EDT). Anyone may register for either or both sessions.

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Basic storm spotter class. We will follow the NWS SKYWARN basic spotter curriculum. NWS does not plan to teach a spotter class in Allen County until spring of 2021.
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch on your own off site (food is prohibited in the seminar venue).
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Advanced storm spotter presentations, including how to find and interpret forecast data, how to safely and effectively observe and report on quasi-linear convective systems (squall lines), and what it was like spotting the 2016 Woodburn tornado.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • ABC 21 Weekend Meteorologist Matthew Bullock
  • WANE 15 Chief Meteorologist Nicholas Ferreri
  • WFFT FOX 55 Weekend Meteorologist Caleb Saylor
  • Fort Wayne’s NBC Weekend Meteorologist Jon Wilson
  • Storm spotter/chaser Michael Enfield
  • Storm spotter and ham radio operator Steve Nardin, W9SAN
  • Allen County ARES team leader Jim Moehring, KB9WWM
  • Allen County SKYWARN ham radio Net Manager Jay Farlow, W9LW.

This event will be valuable to anyone who is interested in severe weather, including those who have previously received storm spotter training.

Advanced registration strongly recommended

ARES cannot guarantee seats to those who have not registered in advance. While it is possible that we will have some unexpected “no shows” that will make seats available for unregistered guests, that’s just a possibility. To guarantee a seat, please follow this link to register in advance.

For more information, send email to Jay Farlow, W9LW, 

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