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Storm-spotter training offered soon

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The Roswell-Chaves County Office of Emergency Management and the Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club will host the annual Skywarn storm-spotter class this month.

The free class is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, at the Daniels Leadership Center on the New Mexico Military Institute campus. The center’s address is 100 W. 19th St.

The class is taught by the National Weather Service and open to anyone wanting to become a weather spotter. Students will learn severe-weather safety, terminology and reporting criteria. Citizens taking the class will become part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network and will receive a toll-free number to call to report severe weather. Trained spotters must attend a class every two years to be considered current in their training.

The two-and-a-half-hour class will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Participants need only attend one of the classes. Advance registration is not required.

Certified weather spotters are often called upon during severe-weather emergencies, as well as in preparation for anticipated severe weather. Even with the latest technology, spotters are still critical to the National Weather Service because of certain limitations in radar and other reporting equipment.

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For more information, contact Roswell/Chaves County Emergency Manager Karen Sanders, 575-624-6740.