The Las Vegas Office of the National Weather Service (NWS) is responsible for the shaded portions of our map [8 KB GIF]. This includes Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, and Clark Counties, Nevada, San Bernardino and Inyo Counties, California, and Mohave County, Arizona.
If you're interested in joining the SKYWARN program, you must attend one entry level spotter training class given by the NWS each year. These classes are listed on the national SKYWARN page, the Las Vegas NWS web site and via e-mail by joining our e-mail list. (See this web site's links to Information and Online Resources.) Classes are offered each Spring. The locations, dates and times vary so you must view the web site listings or join the Las Vegas Regional SKYWARN e-mail list to find out when they are offered.
As a SKYWARN weather spotter you do not need to purchase expensive weather equipment or become a weather forecaster. You may consider purchasing an inexpensive rain gauge, but it's not a requirement. Wind speeds can be estimated by the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force, if you don't own wind speed measuring equipment. You'll be given training that helps you identify severe weather cloud formations, and guidelines on what to report to the NWS forecast office such as storm damage, high winds, hail, flooding and frequent lightning. There are no dues collected for being an active member of SKYWARN.
If you are a ham radio operator and would like more information, please contact your local amateur radio public service organization officer's at the following links below:
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Last updated 26 June 2002.