If you're unable to attend live spotter training, you can participate in an online course via the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) COMET Program. These courses can be completed at your own pace, and serve as an excellent alternative to in-person training offered by the NWS.
NWS Louisville has developed an online version of its Skywarn Spotter Training, tailored to the unique challenges of severe storm spotting in the Ohio Valley. There are 4 video modules, with a quiz covering each module. The quizzes must be completed in order because you'll need the code word that you get for completing one in order to access the next.
Once you've reviewed each module, complete the quiz. You will receive an e-mail with your results shortly after you complete the quiz. If you answer ALL questions correctly, your e-mail will include the code word that you will need to access the next quiz.
After all 4 quizzes are successfully completed, you'll receive a link to register in the NWS Louisville spotter database.
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Note that class times/locations are subject to change on short notice, so check back every once in a while to confirm the time and location of the talk you're interested in.