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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: Active Weekend Weather

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:52
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From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 19 May 2017 11:26 CDT

Bottom Line
An active 36 hours is in store for North and Central Texas. Thunderstorms are possible today, with severe weather most likely between 4 PM and Midnight. Rain and embedded thunderstorms will continue overnight and Saturday in North Texas and will continue Saturday night and Sunday in Central Texas. Most outdoor events will have the potential for delays due to thunderstorms and/or severe thunderstorms.

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CWA Local SKYWARN Frequencies Map

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 21:28

We have created a Google county warning area (CWA) map view that displays local spotter frequency information for counties when the county is clicked. A companion CWA Frequencies page lists the frequencies as a table. Click on the frequencies to open a new browser window containing Repeater Book details about the repeater frequency.

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CWA Local SKYWARN Frequencies

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 19:44

We have created a Google county warning area (CWA) map view that displays local spotter frequency information for counties when the county is clicked. A companion CWA Frequencies page lists the frequencies as a table. Click on the frequencies to open a new browser window containing Repeater Book details about the repeater frequency.

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A few operational thoughts for SKYWARN spotters regarding the WX5FWD Radio Desk

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:33

Radio propagation physics and limited resources prevent the NWS radio desk from DIRECT access on many repeaters in the North Texas county warning area (CWA). With the CWA covering 46 counties, the radio desk has direct coverage for the nearest 8 to 12 county spotter repeaters from the Fort Worth office. Despite direct radio coverage limitations, the NWS is capable of receiving spotter reports from all 46 counties.

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