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Become a Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service

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The National Weather Service office in Tucson is hosting SKYWARN Spotters training sessions through the start of June.  

To become a spotter you must be at least 18 years of age, a summertime (or year-round) resident of southeast Arizona, and able to observe and report severe weather in their community.  

The training schedule is below.

You must attend at least one training session to become a Spotter.

These sessions generally last less than 2 hours.

At these sessions National Weather Service trainers teach Spotters how to identify severe weather conditions during the summer monsoon and also how to best report what they see during the storm. 

For more information you can contact Skywarn Spotter Program Coordinator Greg Mollere greg.mollere@noaa.gov at 520-670-6526 or Warning Coordination Meteorologist Ken Drozd kenneth.drozd@noaa.gov at 520-670-5156 x 223.

May 23rd 6:00 pm Kirk-Bear Canyon Library **FLYER**
8959 East Tanque Verde Road, Tucson
May 30th 6:00 pm The City of Douglas Visitor Center **FLYER**
345 16th Street, Douglas
June 1st 2:00 pm

Oro Valley Town Library **FLYER**

1305 West Naranja, Oro Valley

Below is the history and purpose of the SKYWARN program:

SKYWARN is a program that originated in the 1960s in response to a killer tornado that occurred in Udall, Kansas in 1955  SKYWARN developed in the early 1970's as a partnership between the National Weather Service, county Emergency Managers, and the general public. In the event of observed severe weather (i.e., strong thunderstorms producing winds 58 mph or greater, hail 1" in diameter or greater, and/or flash flooding), SKYWARN Spotters contact their local National Weather Service office, who use the information to issue a Severe Thunderstorm or Flash Flood Warning, or verify warnings already issued for the severe weather. The National Weather Service communicates these warnings to county Emergency Managers, who take appropriate action to help protect life and property of citizens in their jurisdiction.

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