The weather service is holding a free class on how to provide accurate reports of conditions such as tornadoes and hail.
"Things of that sort that can hurt people and that information can help get warnings out."
Eric Kurth is with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
He says even though the weather service uses radars and satellites to track weather, they still need people on the ground to tell them what's going on. And Kurth says they're not particularly looking for any science whizzes.
"It doesn't have to be anyone with any experience otherwise, but someone who has some interest in weather and just a willingness to help out and to be our eyes."
Kurth says the weather service currently has about 500 volunteer weather watchers in the Sacramento region.
Tonight's free weather-spotter-training class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville.