The National Weather Service is holding training today on the U of A campus.
They have sophisticated technology, but they also rely on good old fashioned eyes and ears, too.
This is especially important as Arizona heads into the monsoon. The training is Meterology 101, it takes just about 90 minutes and covers a range of topics, but most important is how to spot and report the elements of a thunderstorm, strong winds, and large hail.
Officials with the Weather Service tell Tucson News Now that when spotters report severe weather, it emphasizes and adds urgency to a warning.
Southern Arizona has about 1,500 spotters across the region. The National Weather Service is trying to get as many spotters trained before the monsoon officially starts on June 15.
There are a number of sessions between now and then. For more information on training dates and times, head to www.tucsonnewsnow.com/weather.
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