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Advanced Sky Warn class offered at Dona Ana County Extension office

When severe weather occurs having qualified weather spotters to identify and report the conditions to the NOAA’s National Weather Service is critical.

Interested volunteers, who have completed the basic class and have a station number, are eligible to take the Advanced Sky Warn class. The training will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service office, 530 N. Church St.

For those individuals who have previously taken the advanced class, changes have occurred and taking the class would be beneficial.

Alberta Morgan, southwest New Mexico volunteer coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), coordinated the event, and John Faucett with the Weather Service is leading the class. Jeff Anderson, Dona Ana County Extension horticulture agent, will be present to assist.

Weather spotter volunteers are assigned numbers with a toll free phone number to the local Weather Service office located in Santa Teresa.

CoCoRaHS volunteers monitor rain gauges and send readings to a central location at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. The program started in New Mexico in 2005 with the Master Gardener Program.

For more information contact the Dona Ana County Extension office at 575-525-6649.