Needles, CA: A SKYWARN Spotter Training Class will be held in June 2015.

Needles, CA- SKYWARN Spotter Training Class- June 2015- Weather Pictures.

Needles, CA: A SKYWARN Spotter Training Class will be held in June 2015.

Living along the Colorado River, we enjoy beautiful sunny weather that is great for a swim, barbecue with friends, and enjoying a good sports game outside.

But, even the Colorado River Tri-State area of Nevada, California, and Arizona are susceptible to severe weather such as thunderstorms that can produce flash flooding, damaging winds that can blow off roofs, hail and snow that can surprise travelers, and even tornadoes.

To effectively warn the public of approaching severe storms that could endanger life and damage property, the National Weather Service must have a thorough handle on current weather conditions throughout this region, but unfortunately, long distances separate National Weather Service offices across the United States of America.

Even with weather satellites, new doppler weather radar, and the latest weather technology use to provide a wealth of information to weather forecasting, no tools yet can replace a human observation of the weather that is affecting a community such as during providing important and updated information on storms that is affecting their community.

The SKYWARN is a volunteer program that is run by the National Weather Service and that helps get early warning on significant weather affecting their area.

Participating in the SKYWARN spotter program, you can alert the National Weather Service to significant weather events by become the “Eyes and Ears” of the National Weather Service in your community and help us determine when and where we need to issue warnings.

Local weather spotters in Needles, California helped in alerting and provide weather information as well as damage reports to the National Weather Service when powerful storms brought heavy rain causing flooding in portions of the Colorado River Tri-State area in July 2014 and powerful winds that blow down utility poles and trees, and blow off roofs of buildings in portions of Needles, California in August 2014.

If you would like to join, a SKYWARN Spotter Training Class will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PT on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 inside Juicy’s Famous River Cafe located at 2411 West Broadway in Needles, California.

By participation in the SKYWARN spotter program is entirely voluntary, and you are under no obligation and cannot be compensated.

However, your vigilance is valuable and greatly appreciated for it helps others people and could save people lives.

We are authorized to officially certify only persons residing in our Warning Areas of Clark County, Nevada; Nye County, Nevada; Esmeralda County, Nevada; Lincoln County, Nevada; Inyo County, California, San Bernardino County, California; and Mohave County, Arizona.

** If you are interested in becoming a weather spotter, please contact the local SKYWARN representative which their contacts can be found at the following National Weather Service (N.W.S.) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) website address: **

http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/contact.htm

** More information on SKYWARN can be found at the following website addresses: **

– National Weather Service (N.W.S.) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.)

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/skywarn.php

– SKYWARN:

http://skywarn.org/

**** ZachNews would like to thank all of the members of the SKYWARN and everybody at both the National Weather Service (N.W.S.) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) for all of their hard work in informing and warning the public of approaching severe storms that can damage properties and puts lives in danger. ****

**** Thank You!! ****

** Pictures were taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A, Lopez. **

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