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Inclement Weather in the West This Weekend

A couple of systems will impact portions of the West and especially California with a variety of hazards this weekend. Periods of moderate to heavy rain, thunderstorms, gusty winds, localized flood concerns and heavy mountain snow are expected. The trouble spot today will be across southern Oregon and northern California into the Sierra, where travel impacts are likely. Read More >

NWS El Paso/Santa Teresa Spotter Training Schedule 2019 

 

Date 

Time

City

Location

Course Type

May 4, 2019

1 to 4 PM

El Paso, TX

KFOX - TV

200 S. Alto Mesa Street

Basic

May 8, 2019 

6 to 9 PM

Las Cruces, NM

MVRDA Auditorium

911 Lake Tahoe Court

Basic

May 17, 2019 

7 to 9:30 PM 

El Paso, TX

Sun City Amateur Radio Club

3790 Wickham Ave

Basic

July 8, 2019

6 to 9 PM

Silver City, NM

Student Memorial Building

WNMU Campus

(3rd Floor)

Basic

  July 15,  2019

6 to 8:30 PM

Silver City, NM

Student Memorial Building

WNMU Campus

(3rd Floor)

Advanced

October 18, 2019 

 7 to 9 PM

El Paso, TX

Sun City Amateur Radio Club

3790 Wickham Ave

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. 

BASIC COURSE:

  • 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