Weather Spotting is an integral part of Emergency Services.  Most local larger scale emergencies are due to changes in the environment around us; ice-storms, flooding, winds, fires, etc.  The Spokane County ARES - RACES groups have many members who also are qualifed in Weather Spotting which assists the National Weather Service (NWS) in building more accurate weather-picture of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.  These Amateur radio operators receive simple training from the NWS either in person at a public session, or via an on-line course.  The training consists of helping people learn the differences in weather conditions, what to look for, and how to accurately report it to the NWS.

Being a Weather Spotter is not a requirement to be a member of ARES - RACES, but it is encouraged.

Click here for more information on Weather Spotter Training.

Go directly to the On-Line Training.

More Information on SKYWARN.

Report Severe Weather conditions to the NWS using their facebook page.