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NWS Phoenix Skywarn Spotter Program
Southeast California, Southwest and South Central Arizona

When significant, or severe weather occurs anywhere within the Phoenix County Warning Area, the Weather Service turns to the SkywarnTM Spotter Network to obtain timely and accurate reports. This network is comprised of individuals or groups, generally associated with the following: 1) Emergency Service Organizations (Fire, Police, etc), 2) Volunteer Organizations (HAM Radio, Citizens' Band Radio, etc), 3) Individual Citizens, and 4) Cooperative Observers.

The Arizona SkywarnTM Net (ASN) welcomes trained spotters to check into our weekly nets on these repeaters:

146.740 mhz  --  each Tuesday at 8 pm

442.800 mhz  --  each Wednesday at 8 pm

NWS personnel periodically conduct free Skywarn spotter training classes at locations around the Phoenix County Warning Area that teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety. Even with sophisticated technology like radar and satellites, we still need ground truth information from trained weather spotters throughout the year. The training classes will prepare the volunteer spotter to identify the development stages of severe thunderstorms, as well as downbursts, desert flash flooding, and tornadoes. The observed information is relayed to the NWS via telephone or amateur radio. The NWS uses the information in severe weather warnings and statements, that ultimately save lives and protect property. In addition, you will learn about all of the services available from the National Weather Service. Classes will be conducted at the times and locations shown below. Reservations are not required unless otherwise noted.

If you have any questions, please contact Austin Jamison at 602-275-0073 [option '5'] or by e-mail or Ken Waters by strong>e-mail at the NWS Phoenix Forecast Office.

2012 Class Schedule
Schedule updated: Tue Feb 14 15:26:17 UTC 2012. Check back often for updates.
Date City County Location Address Time Remarks/Registration [if needed] Instructor(s)
early April El Centro/Blythe/Parker Various Various/TBD TBD TBD TBD Ken
Wed April 11 Tempe Maricopa Tempe Fire Training Facility 1340 E. Dorsey (far northeast corner of University and Dorsey) 7:00 PM None TBD
Sat May 5 Queen Creek Pinal Queen Creek Library 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd. 10:00 AM Registration to: Joe LaFortune TBD
Thu Apr 26 Mesa Maricopa Mesa Utilities Building 640 N Mesa Dr 7:00 PM Registration to  Orion Thrower. TBD
Tue May 5 Casa Grande Pinal Casa Grande FS 3305 N Piper Ave 6:30 PM None TBD
Wed May 9 Gila Bend Maricopa Resource Center 303 E. Pima St. 6:30 PM RSVP to: Flor Olivas or call: 928-683-6502 TBD
Tue May 15 Surprise Maricopa Surprise Fire Dept. Administration 14250 W. Statler Plaza Suite 101 7:00 PM None TBD
Wed May 16 Wickenburg Maricopa Fire Station 734 W. Wickenburg Way 6:30 PM None TBD

When calling, spotters should tell the NWS briefly WHAT they saw or are seeing, WHERE they are or where they were when it was going on, WHEN it was occurring and WHAT is/was it doing. They should also include their name, location and their assigned spotter ID number.

The following criteria are what spotters should look for when phoning in their reports. They should always call the responsible Weather Service Office when any of the below are noted:

  1. TORNADO (on the ground) or FUNNEL CLOUD (tail not touching the ground)


  3. WIND (estimated or measured at 40 mph or more)

  4. MICROBURST (visually identified)

  5. RAINFALL (1/2 inch (.50) or more in 30 minutes)

  6. FLOODING (of any kind)

  7. DAMAGE and/or DEATHS and/or INJURIES due to the weather event

  8. HAIL (1/2 inch (.50) diameter, or greater)

  9. VISIBILITY (less than 1/4 mile due to fog, dust, blowing snow or ash)

  10. SNOWFALL (accumulating at a rate of 1 inch or more per hour.


US Dept of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service
Phoenix Weather Forecast Office
P.O. Box 52025
Phoenix, AZ 85072

Tel: (602) 275-0073

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