PHOENIX -- During the monsoon, 3TV forecasts watch the radar closely, but it's also great to hear from viewers and storm spotters who are actually outside seeing the storms in person.
The National Weather Service loves hearing from residents too, but first they want to make sure those residents know what they're talking about when it comes to Arizona weather.
The NWS offers classes every spring across the state to certify citizens to be official storm spotters.
Lola Clements moved from the Midwest to Maricopa and quickly learned she's not in Kansas anymore. "We have big dust storms and stuff, and I want my city, as well as my family protected."
NWS meteorologists teach the 3-hour class, which covers everything from dust storms to downbursts.
The classes are free and offered every spring around the state.
For more information: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/general/skywarn/index.php