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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: Strong-severe storm potential east of I-35/35E. Critical fire weather threat west.

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:31

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Sunday, 21 January 2018 9:27 CST

Bottom Line

There is a potential for some strong to severe storms late this afternoon and into the evening east of the I-35/35E corridor. In addition, temperatures to the west of this dryline will warm into the 70s, and combine with strong southwest winds of 15-25 mph and very dry air to result in a critical fire weather threat along and west of a Jacksboro to Stephenville line.

Overview (for severe potential)

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of a dryline this afternoon and evening, and some of them could become strong to severe east of I-35/35E.

While thunderstorms could develop as early as 2-3 PM, storms should be slow to organize and strengthen, with the main strong-severe window occurring after about 5 PM. The primary threats will be from damaging wind gusts, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out this evening given the very strong winds near the surface. The hail threat will be relatively lower given a general lack of instability, but some nickle to quarter-sized hail will be possible.

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2017 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:02
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Thank you! Everyone who participates in SKYWARN storm spotting makes SKYWARN Recognition Day a wonderful event. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

The W5W/WX5FWD station logged 280 contacts in total.

We have created a log of contacts with a link to display a QSL card for printing. Click on the Read More to display the QSL Log page.

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NWS Special Event 2017 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:33
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The 2017 SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, December 1st 18:00 (6PM) CST until Saturday December 2nd 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time December 2, 2017, from 00:00 to 24:00 UTC. TargetDate = "12/01/2017 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 SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event, operators will 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. A list of participating NWS offices is on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page. 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 2. Lunch will be provided. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, December 1 via wx5fwd.org/RSVP, or send email to SRD@wx5fwd.org. Please RSVP including your name, email address, call sign (not required), and county. More details will be provided to attendees via email.

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Grayson County ARES Training Net Sunday Oct 8th

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:59

Grayson County ARES® has invited Mike Heskett WB5QLD to speak during their Sunday evening ARES training net. This net will be Sunday, Oct 8th 2017 at 8PM CDT. The net is on the W5RVT repeater, 147.000(+) MHz, 100.0 PL. This net will also be on the North Texas NWS SKYWARN VoIP Conference, EchoLink *WX5FWD* node 372418 and special IRLP node 0010. "All interested parties are welcome — you DO NOT have to be a member of ARES® or a resident of Grayson County to participate in these activities."

Mike will be speaking about the WX5FWD NWS SKYWARN Radio Desk operations in Fort Worth. A slide show presentation (PDF) is available for additional reference during the net.

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