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The NWS - LZK WFO, in conjunction with Diamond Lakes Area SKYWARN and the
Garland County Department of Emergency Management, try to hold STORM SPOTTER classes at least every (2) years or more frequent, if there is a large enough request.

These classes are important for Emergency Service Personnel,
but are OPEN to ANYONE interested in severe weather observations.


As you are well aware, severe weather season in Arkansas is already here.

Diamond Lakes Area SkyWam, Inc., along with our partners, wishes to invite YOU to a storm spotting class.  This class will be held:



If there is enough interest, there may be another class in the 1st part of 2019.


While we can't do anything about property damage from storms, maybe we can do something about storms injuring people. The key to this effort is education. Won't you join us in learning more about storms?  Please help us serve the public by being the eyes in the field for the National Weather Service.


Our partners are the Garland County Department of Emergency Management,
Hot Springs Convention Center and the National Weather Service. 
The class will be taught by Joseph Goudsward, a SENIOR Forecaster
the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.


While this class is FREE, we ask that attendees call

the Garland County Department of Emergency Management at 501-767-3911

to notify of intent to attend.

Check the NWS/LZK website for classes in other areas.

Past News

On March 1st and 2nd, 2002, the Diamond Lakes Area SKYWARN Team attended the '2nd Annual'
National Severe Weather Workshop held in Norman, OK. A 'National Level' Conference, lectures and
training sessions were by Top Level Meteorologists and Directors from all of the sponsoring agencies.
Topics included Doppler radar, modeling, lightning mapping and using all NWS  forecasting products.
The Keynote Address was dedicated to the '50th Anniversary' of the SPC and NSSL.
Special THANKS to Joy Sanders - GCDEM, for sponsoring the trip! 

Approaching the Conf. Ctr. On Sat. morning.
 14 deg., 1" ice, 2" snow, 35 mph winds. Brrr!
Does this classify as 'severe weather'?

DLAS Team with Dr. John Scala, Severe Storms Analyst, The Weather Channel.
Dr. Scala spoke on TWC Severe Wx. Ops..

On August 30th, 2001, Mr. Bill Proenza, Director of the Southern Region Office of the NWS, met with
Joy Sanders (GCDEM Coord.), J.M. Rowe (SKYWARN Coord.) and Bob King (Dep. SKYWARN Coord.)  at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Conference held at the Austin Hotel in Hot Springs.
Mr. Proenza was very impressed with the level of participation and cooperation between the GCDEM,
the Diamond Lakes Area SKYWARN Spotter Network and the NLR NWS Office.
He was also impressed with the work done to bring the new NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter on-line for Garland and Montgomery Counties and our classification as a StormReady Community.

*Winter 2007* - Mr. Proenza returned as Director of the NWS Southern Region Office.
                                  Again, CONGRATULATIONS! And welcome back to our neighborhood!

*Dec. 2006*
Mr. Proenza was named the NEW head of the National Hurricane Center.
                             CONGRATULATIONS! From your friends at Diamond Lakes Area SKYWARN.

On April 6th, 2001, Hot Springs and Garland County were approved for designation as a
StormReady Community.
On May 7th, 2001, there was a Recognition and Dedication Ceremony held.
Attendees included Local, State and National Officials. These included representatives from Local and
State Gov't., Area and Regional NWS Management, FEMA and Emergency Management Staff.

In November 2006, both Hot Springs and Garland County received notice that we had passed the renewal criteria to continue as StormReady communities through 2010!
CONGRATULATIONS! to ALL involved in the renewal process and in helping keep our communities SAFE!

Bob King - A.R.E.S. Coord., Joy Sanders - DEM Coord., J.M.Rowe - Comm. & Warning Officer
and John Robinson - NWS with one of the new StormReady signs
to be erected along the highways in the County.

On March 2nd and 3rd, 2001, Joy Sanders - Garland Co. DEM Coordinator, J.M.Rowe - N5XFW
and Bob King - W5LVB attended the 'First Ever' National Severe Weather Workshop sponsored by the
National Weather Service, the Storm Prediction Center and the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. The keynote speaker was Dr. Greg Forbes, Chief Severe Weather Forecaster /
Meteorologist from the Weather Channel.

Boys and their toys

Bob and J.M.
At the N.S.S.L / S.P.C.
Headquarters Building

The 'gang' with Dr. Forbes
after the dinner banquet.

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