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October 28th 2006
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Daniel Bartholf took part in "Make a Difference Day" in Gallipolis, Ohio. He spoke about lightning and tornado safety. Make a difference day is held annually on the fourth Saturday of October and was created by USA Weekend Magazine. In 2005 over three million participated in this event.
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October 26th 2006
Meteorologist Fred McMullen conducted a basic and advanced spotter training class at the Vinton County Community Center. There were 12 people in the class. This was the first spotter training session in Vinton County this year.
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October 21st 2006
October 21st marked the 27th Bride Day event. Bridge Day is held every year on the 3rd Saturday in October. The New River Bridge, is 876 ft tall, and with a 1700 ft span is the second tallest single arch bridge. This makes it a heaven for BASE jumpers and other extreme sport enthusiasts. Bridge Day is the largest 1 day festival in West Virginia, with an average of 200,000 visitors. The festivities promptly begin at 9 am and run until 3 pm. Along with BASE jumpers and those interested in checking out the festivities, a network of emergency personnel is on hand. Just a few of these include the New River Gorge National River (NPS), Fayette County EMS, WV National Guard, FBI, US Marshall, WV Sate Police, Jan Car Ambulance, CSX Railroad, and the National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist (IMET). This year IMET Kari Fleegel was accompanied by our Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dan Bartholf. Weather wise, Saturday October 21st could not have been much better for the event. In fact, the 2 days preceding and following Bridge Day were marked by clouds and rain or snow showers. A chilly start with early morning fog was short lived, as the fog quickly rose to above bridge level by 9 am and dissipated by 10 am, leaving a sunny sky. Winds were generally light and variable along the New River Gorge during the event. For more information about Bridge Day please visit here

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October 11-12th 2006
Senior Service Hydrologist John Sikora attended the West Virginia Water conference October 11 -12 sponsored by the West Virginia Water Research Institute at Stonewall Jackson resort. This was a state wide hydrology meeting in attendance were officials from the state, county, and federal levels of government along with representatives from academia and water collations. It was a forum of sharing information about water conservation, water quality, and gauging in the state of West Virginia.
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October 9th 2006
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Daniel Bartholf conducted an advanced spotter training session at The Plains High School in Athens October 9th. There were 13 people in the class. This was the second spotter training session in Athens County within the past month.
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Sept 25 2006
Meteorologist In Charge Alan Rezek spoke about the IFLOWS system at the 12th annual West Virginia Local Emergency Planning Committee / State Emergency Response Commission conference. In addition, Mr. Rezek spoke about the enhanced short term program that is ongoing at the Charleston, West Virginia forecast office.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dan Bartholf spoke at the same meeting about HazCollect and its impact to emergency managers. Detailed information can be located here

Mr. Bartholf also spoke about the distribution of NOAA weather radios to all public schools that were not part of the test last year. Further information about this initiative can be found here
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Sept 21 2006
In Louisa, Kentucky, a basic spotter training session was given to 21 people. The training class was instructed by Warning Coordination Meteorologist Daniel Bartholf. An advanced spotter training class will be scheduled in the future, but a date has not been set.
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Sept 18 2006
Meteorologist Kari Fleegel conducted a basic spotter training class at The Plains High School in Athens, Ohio. This was the second basic spotter training class offered this year in Athens County. An advanced class will be offered at the same location on October 9th at 730pm.
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Sept 14 2006
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Daniel Bartholf and forecaster Fred McMullen attended the Ohio Department Public Safety Fall Director's meeting on Emergency Management and Homeland Security. This conference allowed the National Weather Service to interact with emergency managers from our nine southeastern Ohio counties and to follow up on any concerns with the Charleston, WV forecast office.
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