National Weather Service Storm Spotter Class

Become a National Weather Service Storm Spotter

Even with sophisticated technology like radar and satellites, we still need ground truth information from trained weather spotters throughout the year. You will learn about how thunderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornadoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how your reports tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). In addition, you will learn about all of the services available from the NWS.

Adult volunteers are community minded individuals, who understand they play an essential role in providing storm information to the National Weather Service. Anyone can be a spotter and we encourage those who like to pay attention to the weather to become involved.

In Arizona, the NWS Phoenix Office forecasts for Maricopa, La Paz, Yuma, southern Gila, and northwest Pinal counties. In southeast California, we forecast for Imperial and Eastern Riverside counties.

The current class has been filled. Please check back for other class offerings
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Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Office of Emergency Management 
Brent Olson - Emergency Manager
P: 480-312-1886

NWS Phoenix Forecast Office 
Austin Jamison
P: 602-275-0073 (option 5)
visit and click on the link for “Skywarn” on the left hand side of the homepage

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