National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Fire Weather in the West; Strong to Severe Storms in Southern Mid-Atlantic; Tropics off Florida and Southeast

Critical fire weather conditions will continue across the Inter-mountain West through the upcoming weekend, as Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches are in effect. Meanwhile, strong to severe storms w/ damaging winds and heavy rain likely in North Carolina and southern Virginia. Finally, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring a broad area of low pressure in the Bahamas for development. Read More >

NWS El Paso/Santa Teresa Spotter Training Schedule 2019 






Course     Type

May 4, 2019  

1 to 4 PM

El Paso, TX


200 S. Alto Mesa Street


May 8, 2019  

6 to 9 PM 

Las Cruces, NM

MVRDA Auditorium

911 Lake Tahoe Court


May 17, 2019 

7 to 9:30 PM 

El Paso, TX

Sun City Amateur Radio Club

3790 Wickham Ave



  July 8, 


6 to 9 PM Silver City, NM

Student Memorial Building

WNMU Campus (3rd Floor)


  July 15, 


6 to 8:30 PM Silver City, NM

Student Memorial Building

WNMU Campus (3rd Floor)




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