Tornado spotter courses slated for Tuesday

David Arkin

Those interested in learning more about storm spotting will have the chance to do so this week during two sessions being held in the area.
Two Tornado Spotters Courses are set for Tuesday. A Clovis course will be from 1-4 p.m. in the Bert Cabiness City Government Assembly Room. The Portales course will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Portales Public Library.
The courses are free.
Ken De Los Santos, emergency management director for both the city of Clovis and Curry County, said those who attend the courses would get information on what it takes to spot storms.
“There is a big difference between going through the course and learning about a storm system,” he said. “Seeing it in real life is different. And that’s why we do the courses every year.”
For some, the course is a refresher of sorts for those who have been spotting for years.
“We want to make sure they remember what they’re seeing,” Santos said.
Those who attend the classes don’t get a special certification, Santos said. There is no certification needed to be a storm spotter.
The sessions have been held in the area for more than 10 years.
Last year, there were two classes held in Clovis and one in Portales. Santos said about 30 people attended the two Clovis sessions and 30 attended the Portales session.
“We get a lot of people to go to these sessions,” he said. “A lot of police and sheriff officers go. They are also spotters in a sense.”
To sign up for the Clovis session call 763-9485. For the Portales session call 356-6662 ext. 22.