Category Archives: NWS & SKYWARN

Severe Weather Spotter / SKYWARN Training Class at CARP

The National Weather Service from Hanford, California will be presenting the annual Severe Weather Spotter / SKYWARN training at the September CARP Meeting.

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP with Rob AE6GE ae6ge@k6arp.org or 559-492-7675 so there will be enough training materials for everyone. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, please be on time.

Time/Date:
Friday September 5th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Location:
Clovis Senior Center – Classroom
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA
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1938 Massachusetts News Article

Advocate Archives
Provincetown Banner and the Advocate – Massachusetts

This week’s look back into the Advocate archives visits 1938 to talk about how amateur radio operators kept communication open after the big hurricane; 1948 when the Provincetown Airport was just about to receive final approval to begin operations; 1958 when a Cherokee Indian came to Sunday School class in Truro and 1967 when the Art Association considered a new addition.
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Minnesota Weather Spotters Stay in Front of Storms’ Siren Call

Dime- or nickel-size hail? Skywarn volunteers give the National Weather Service the nitty-gritty details radar can’t.
by: Bill McAuliffe
StarTribune.com

Nick Elms isn’t much interested in blue skies. Warm breezes leave him cold. But a blast of thunderstorms like the ones that ripped through the metro recently? He’s there.

Elms, a volunteer severe-weather spotter, spent seven hours out in the meteorological melee, and his reports to the National Weather Service helped Twin Cities residents take the measure of the storm that hit Aug. 13: Golf-ball-sized hail. Winds at 62 mph. Flooding. Blowing dust. Other points of interest included three straight minutes of zero visibility and mud coating one side of his vehicle entirely.
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Canadian Warning System – A Legacy from Tragedy

by Jim Farrell
The Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – Weather forecasters use all manner of technological gimmicks so they can tell the public when a tornado is heading our way. But the best device is still a human eyeball connected to an objective brain.

“We usually require a reliable report of a tornado on the ground and even then we won’t take someone’s word,” says Dan Kulak, extreme weather specialist with Environment Canada’s Edmonton office. “We ask questions.”

Last year, Environment Canada enlisted the help of amateur radio operators around the province to keep an eye on the sky. Fifty ham radio operators from the Edmonton area took a five-hour course on the basics of meteorology and what to look for in cloud formations.

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NWS Spring 2007 Newsletter Published

The spring 2007 edition of In the Clear, the National Weather Service – San Joaquin Valley/Hanford Office, weather spotter newsletter has been published.

With Chris Stachelski as the new editor/focal point the newsletter contains some interesting articles on staff and area weather conditions. It is an interesting read for those who are severe weather spotters and for the public in general.

You can veiw the current newsletter and previous issues at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/hnx/newslet/newslett.htm.

Washington Hams are Local Eyes on the Sky

by Mike Johnston, Senior Writer
The Daily Record
– Ellensburg WA

Weather service still needs volunteers on the ground

ELLENSBURG —     There are 57 volunteers in Kittitas County who keep their eyes on the sky, ready to call out at a moments notice if severe weather threatens life and property.

Bill Carter of Barnes Road, west of Ellensburg, is one of them — a Skywarn weather spotter.

“There are things happening out there the weather service really doesn’t know about, that don’t show up on their satellite images and radar,” Carter, 58, said this week. “That’s where the weather spotters come in. We can give them real-time observations that can complete the big picture of what’s happening.”
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Ham Radio to Supplement Storm Communications

by Tim Donnelly
Beaufort Gazette,
Beaufort SC

While professional, state-of-the-art equipment will take center stage during the area’s recovery from a hurricane, an old hobbyist pastime just might come to the rescue if all else fails.

Hilton Head Island is joining a growing disaster preparation trend by installing amateur radios to use as a backup system if the multitude of other communications systems is knocked by a storm.

It’s the same system — ham radio — hobbyists around the world have used to talk to each other for almost 100 years. It’s also the same one that helped relay distress signals and emergency information during Hurricane Katrina and other disasters while other lines were down or jammed.

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NWS: Weather Watcher Numbers Spotty

Published: January 8, 2007
By CAT SIEH
The Union Democrat

The National Weather Service relies on Mother Lode volunteers to fill in the gaps left by its instruments, but current weather watchers are scattered, leaving many areas with a lack of data.

Of 13 watchers in Calaveras County, many are located in the same communities, leaving other areas with just one volunteer.

Getting in touch with that person on short notice can prove challenging for the NWS.

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