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Severe Thunderstorms Expected for Portions of the Northeast; Mountain Snow and Heavy Rain Persist in the West

Severe thunderstorms will continue to develop across the Upper Ohio Valley region into portions of the interior Northeast through this evening. Damaging winds are the main threat however, large hail and a couple of tornadoes are also possible. A Pacific storm in the West continues to persist producing mountain snow and moderate to locally heavy coastal/valley rain. Read More >

Virtual School Talks


Did you know that the National Weather Service can visit your classroom and talk with your students via the Internet? The NWS National School Outreach team is ready to teach and answer your students weather questions. Whether it is learning about weather basics, severe weather, the sun or space weather or any other topic the teacher needs covered the NWS, through Google Meet, Zoom, or Skype, jumps into the classroom to help teach these topics to Elementary through High School students.


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How does it work?


All your classroom needs to participate is an internet connection and a webcam with a microphone. With this setup your class, or multiple classrooms across your school district, or across the country can participate at once! You can use either Google Hangouts, a free video chat interface that work with any web browser, or the Skype video chat application. The setup is easy: either clicking a link from Google Hangouts or logging into Skype at the agreed upon time. That’s it!

Who will be Participating?

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With this set-up we can have just your classroom participating or open up the presentation to other classrooms across your school, your district or around the country! We are flexible to meet the needs of your school! 

The majority of the presentations will be handled by Meteorologists from the National Weather Service. We will make every effort to have a meteorologist from your local NWS office attend the presentation. All of the meteorologists involved have a passion for weather and education. In addition to NWS meteorologists it may be possible to get physical scientists from the Space Weather Prediction Center or other meteorologists who work at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma on the call for special presentations.

What can we teach?

We have several presentations we can give to your students. One is called Weather Basics (45 min) in which we cover where the weather comes from, cold/warm fronts, high/low pressure etc. The second covers severe weather (30-45 min) and some safety tips and finally the third one is called Ask-a-Meteorologist (30-60 min) in which we answer as many student questions as we have time for. Finally, we now have added a Space Weather presentation (45 min) that covers the sun, solar storms and potential impacts to lives and livelihods.


How do I sign up? Fill out the short form below:




If you have questions please contact NWS El Paso Meteorologist Tim Brice at