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NWS El Paso/Santa Teresa Spotter Training Schedule 2017 






Course     Type

May 19, 2017


6PM-9PM El Paso, TX Sun City Amateur Radio Club Basic

May 24, 2017


6PM-9PM Las Cruces, NM Dona Ana Emergency Operations Center Basic

July 12, 2017


6PM-9PM Silver City, NM WNMU Student Memorial Building Basic
July 19,   2017 6PM-8PM Silver City, NM WNMU Student Memorial Building Advanced



Other classes will be added when scheduled

The primary mission of the National Weather Service is to save lives and property through timely warnings and forecasts. Yes, we depend on Doppler radar, state-of-the-art satellite imagery and ever-improving supercomputers, but many small scale features cannot be detected by these. Therefore, volunteer weather spotters will always be “the eyes and ears” of the National Weather Service in reference to its warning program. An effective Skywarn Weather Spotter program is essential for the NWS to fulfill our mission of protecting life and property and enhancing our nation's economy. 


  • Up to three hours in length, free of charge
  • Learn to identify hazardous weather features
  • Find out when we would like a call from you (certain thresholds & criteria must be met)
  • Elementary to intermediate meteorological concepts are taught
  • Prerequisite to the ADVANCED COURSE (goes much deeper into the theory)
  • For more information, please call Jason Laney at 575-589-4088