Weather-watchers: Free ‘Storm Spotter’ Class

Are you captivated by clouds – stimulated by storm fronts, and generally intrigued by Arizona’s weather? Sign up soon for a free two-hour workshop March 14 that the National Weather Service (NWS) is offering for Gila County residents interested in learning to be storm spotters. The class is free, but spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up online at

Class will be Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. until noon in Central Heights at the Gila County Emergency Management Office at 5515 South Apache Avenue, Globe.

The program features an in-depth review and study of the various threats posed by severe thunderstorms. The program will also review identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornadoes. Additionally, the program highlights severe weather safety and how you can report severe weather information back to the NWS and local public safety officials.

Questions? Call Austin Jamison or Marvin Percha at the NWS Phoenix Forecast Office 602-275-7418 or visit and look for a news headline referencing Spotter classes.

National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such as amateur radio, to participate as a Skywarn storm spotter. Volunteers may include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter. Meteorologists from the NWS conduct storm spotter training sessions each year to help prepare spotters for the upcoming severe weather season.


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