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Sky Warn class offered at Dona Ana County Extension office

Weather can be unpredictable, and interested volunteers can learn how to help monitor information for the safety of people and property in the community through a Sky Warn class with the Weather Service. The basic class will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at New Mexico State University?s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service office, 530 N. Church St.

Alberta Morgan, southwest New Mexico volunteer coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), is leading the class to gather interested volunteers. Jeff Anderson, Dona Ana County Extension horticulture agent, will be present to assist Morgan.

After completing the class, volunteers will be assigned a Weather Spotter number along with a toll free phone number to the local Weather Service office located in Santa Teresa. An advanced class will be offered in the fall if community interest exists, and the basic class attendance is a prior requirement.

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.