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
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.
Immediately following the presentation, completion certificates will be issued and program participation will be confirmed.
If you have any questions, please contact Austin Jamison at the NWS Phoenix Forecast Office –
602-275-0073 (option 5) or visit
www.weather.gov/phoenix and click on the link for “Local Programs” on the right hand side of the homepage, the select
City of Scottsdale - Office of Emergency Management
Brent Olson - Emergency Manager
NWS Phoenix Forecast Office
P: 602-275-0073 (option 5)
visit www.weather.gov/phoenix and click on the link for “Skywarn” on the left hand side of the homepage