The National Weather Service (NWS) works closely with emergency managers and officials across New Mexico to organize and schedule spotter training classes each year. The sessions are free and the public is invited. SKYWARN training lasts 2 to 2.5 hours and include the basics of thunderstorm development, severe thunderstorm structure, storm spotting techniques and procedures, as well as hazardous weather safety and preparedness information. NWS operations and procedures to include amateur radio nets are also discussed. Each class is tailored to your local area.
For a preview of some of the material, check out our SKYWARN page. If you are interested in becoming a SKYWARN spotter, check the list or Google map below for a training session in your area. If you need more information, contact one of the meteorologists listed farther below, and we will be happy to help you. We look forward to seeing you at a SKYWARN spotter training session soon!
On-line Training Resources for 2014:
Two training modules are available from COMET® (Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training) as part of the on-line SKYWARN Spotter Training Course: SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics (1 hour) and Role of the SKYWARN Spotter (1 hour). Both modules include photographs, video, audio narration, and a companion print version. The intended audience is the general public interested in becoming storm spotters, and after this training, they can register to become a SKYWARN spotter with NWS Albuquerque or their local NWS office.
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For additional information on SKYWARN training or local ARES coordinators that could assist you, please contact:
Northern and Central New Mexico (NWS Albuquerque NM)
|Southwest and South Central New Mexico (NWS El Paso TX)
Contact: John Fausett, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at (575) 589-4088 Ext 223.
|Southeast New Mexico (NWS Midland TX)
Contact: Mark Strobin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at (432) 563-5006 Ext 223.
To find out what county warning area you live in, click on this link for a more detailed map of New Mexico's county warning areas.