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How to become a Tucson Skywarn Spotter for the National Weather Service

Involves a free, two-hour training class
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Posted at 12:03 PM, Mar 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-23 15:03:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Interested in becoming a spotter for the National Weather Service (NWS)? Now's your chance!

NWS trainers are offering free, virtual sessions for earning certification as a Tucson Skywarn Spotter.

The Southeast Arizona training schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 29 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Monday, April 11 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 12 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 24 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4 - 6:30 p.m.

Participants are only required to attend one training.

Spotters' weather reporting helps NWS meteorologists when they're deciding to issue and update warnings.

Topics from the 90-minute seminars include:

  • Cloud features
  • Reporting procedures
  • Severe weather safety rules
  • Severe thunderstorm recognition

Anyone interested should visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website.

Additional training is available through the teaching and training resources for the geoscience community.

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