The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office serves as storm spotters for the City of Lubbock Emergency Operations Center during times of severe weather. The spotters in the field have direct communication with the Lubbock National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather office and monitor the West Texas Skywarn Team.
Storms are very unpredictable in direction of travel, speed of travel and intensity. The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office begins monitoring the National Weather Service and Skywarn early in the morning on spring days.
Projections and updates are given by the National Weather Service on the potential for storms throughout the day. Movement of the storms vary, but the Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office monitors the movement of storms that have the potential to impact the City of Lubbock. This may require monitoring of a storm as far away as the Texas-New Mexico border.
The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office monitors the activities of the local Skywarn team and relays any vital information reported by the Skywarn team to the Lubbock Emergency Operations Center. Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office spotters have dual radio capabilities with the 800 MHz system with the City and Amateur Radios (Ham Radios). The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office spotters are FCC licensed and NOAA trained. The West Texas Skywarn Team is the official spotting group for the National Weather Service. Our office only serves as spotters for the City of Lubbock Emergency Operations Center.