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Severe Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain for the South-Central U.S.

Severe thunderstorms capable of very large hail, damaging wind, and a couple of tornadoes will be possible Monday afternoon into the night from portions of the central and southern High Plains into southwest Texas. A heavy rain event with flooding is expected in the southern Plains into western Arkansas through the end of the week. Read More >

Southeast Arizona Skywarn® Spotter Training Schedule




You only need to attend ONE of these FREE training sessions to be certified as a SKYWARN Spotter. 

Topics covered include cloud features, severe thunderstorm recognition, severe weather safety rules and reporting procedures. These sessions usually last around 90 minutes.

This year, we are soliciting NEW spotters from some of our more rural locations, including but not limited to Tombstone, Duncan, Portal, Tubac, Kearny, Bylas, Bowie, Eloy, Picacho Peak, Red Rock, San Carlos, Why and the Tohono O'odham Nation.

We will be holding several weekday evening sessions at 630 PM, 1 weekday session at 10 AM, and 1 weekend session at 1 PM through the middle of May. Registration is NOT required. You may attend any of the sessions listed below to become a trained spotter for NWS Tucson.

Google Meet will be utilized for the training. You do not need anything other than a computer with an internet connection and speakers to participate. A microphone and webcam are NOT required since we will utilize chat for questions.

This is the Google Meet information for each session. Please use this link and/or phone number to access the training on the date that you choose.

Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Optional Phone for Audio: ‪1 570-844-1097‬
PIN: ‪247 936 028‬#


Date Time Location
Wed April 28, 2021 6:30 PM MST

Virtual - Use Google Meet information above

Sat May 1, 2021 1:00 PM MST

Virtual - Use Google Meet information above

Tues May 4, 2021 6:30 PM MST

Virtual - Use Google Meet information above

Mon May 10, 2021

6:30 PM MST Virtual - Use Google Meet information above

Thurs May 13, 2021

10 AM MST Virtual - Use Google Meet information above




The above Google Meet sessions are certainly open to established spotters who wish to review reporting procedures.  However, NWS Tucson spotters who were trained prior to 2021 will be emailed a link to an abbreviated, spotter training “refresher” video in May.  That video will be available for your viewing any time before and during Monsoon 2021 for your convenience. 




The National Skywarn Training is available on the COMET MetEd site.