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The WX5FWD SKYWARN™ team are volunteer radio operator liaisons for the Fort Worth National Weather Service (NWS) North Texas SKYWARN™ Spotters. During SKYWARN events, you are reporting information to our team and the NWS warning forecasters. Three goals of a storm spotter are to safely observe, identify and report conditions. Weather spotters provide what's called "ground truth" to the National Weather Service and emergency weather management. Spotters are needed because, while radar is very good at helping the National Weather Service see what's going on in the upper atmosphere, it's unable to detect what's actually happening on the ground because of the curvature of the Earth. Knowing the "ground truth" about a weather event from the location can be the deciding factor to issue a warning.
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NWS UPDATE: Storm Chances - Much Colder - Low Wintry Wx Potential

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:55

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 18 January 2019 9:38 CDT

Isolated strong thunderstorms will be possible this evening into tonight ahead of a strong cold front mainly east of I-35. Colder and windy conditions are expected behind the front late tonight into Saturday with a possibility of a light wintry mix near the Red River. Wind chill values will be in the teens and lower 20s by Sunday morning.

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2019 Spotter Training Schedule

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:30

The North Texas SKYWARN™ Spotter Training Schedule for 2019 is being updated. Be sure to check the schedule often for updates and additions.

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NWS Special Event 2018 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 08:51
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The 2018 SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, November 30th 18:00 (6PM) CST until Saturday December 1st 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time December 1, 2018, from 00:00 to 24:00 UTC. TargetDate = "11/30/2018 6:00 PM"; BackColor = "green"; ForeColor = "white"; CountActive = true; CountStepper = -1; LeadingZero = false; DisplayFormat = " starting in %%D%% Days, %%H%% Hours, %%M%% Minutes, %%S%% Seconds"; FinishMessage = "";

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

National information regarding SKYWARN Recognition Day is published at www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition and the ARRL. David McAnally (WD5M), with the WX5FWD Radio Desk Team, is the local SKYWARN Recognition day coordinator for the Fort Worth NWS WFO.

North Texas spotters are encouraged to participate in SKYWARN™ Recognition Day, and log radio contacts with NWS offices and SKYWARN™ spotter groups. We hope to share memories and recognize all spotters who provide vital information to forecasters for warnings.

SKYWARN volunteers may visit the Fort Worth Weather Forecast Office on Saturday December 1st. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, November 30th via wx5fwd.org/RSVP, or send email to SRD@wx5fwd.org. We will accommodate three groups of visitors on an hourly schedule, 15 to 20 people at a time. The two groups from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM will be provided a light lunch. Parking and building resources are limited. Please RSVP including your name, email address, the hour you expect to visit starting at 11:30 AM, call sign (not required), and county. More details will be provided to visitors via email.

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