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Severe Thunderstorm Potential Today from Northeast Kansas into Western Lower Michigan

Severe thunderstorms today may produce very large hail, damaging winds and perhaps isolated tornadoes along a cold front from northeast Kansas into western lower Michigan. The focus for unsettled weather will then shift into the West for the second half of this week. Expect below average temperatures over much of the West with risks for strong to severe thunderstorms over portions of Montana. 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

 

 

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