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NWS El Paso/Santa Teresa Spotter Training Schedule 2018 






Course     Type

Jan. 27, 2018

2PM to 5 PM

Lordsburg, NM

Hidalgo County S.O.


Feb. 22, 2018

4PM to 5 PM Las Cruces, NM

NMSU, Gardiner Hall

Rm 230

Basic Part 1

Mar. 1, 2018

5:30PM to

7 PM

Las Cruces, NM

NMSU, Gardiner Hall

Rm 230

Basic Part 2



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