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.