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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 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 hamradio.noaa.gov 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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NWS UPDATE: Thunderstorms Tonight - Severe Weather Threat

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:54

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017 10:22 CDT

Bottom Line

Thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of a cold front late this evening and move across North Texas through the overnight hours. Some severe weather can be expected including damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes.


A strong storm system and associated cold front is approaching the region and will move through North Texas late tonight. Today...North Texas will remain strongly capped and thunderstorm development is generally not expected. The atmosphere is unstable and we will monitor for any breaks in the cap. More widespread thunderstorms should develop this evening well west of the area near the intersection of the cold front and dryline in the vicinity of the Wichita Falls area. This should occur around 7 pm. Thunderstorms will increase in coverage and spread south through the nighttime hours with a well defined squall line in progress in the 10pm to Midnight timeframe. Thunderstorms will continue to move across North Texas through the overnight hours, clearing the area early Sunday morning. Severe weather will be possible through the overnight hours. Damaging winds are the main threat with squall lines, however, there will be a threat for embedded tornadoes within the line of storms. These tornadoes are usually fast moving and difficult to see. In addition, they usually develop rather quickly with little advanced warning. Any storms that develop ahead of the main line of storms would be capable of producing large hail as well. Heavy rainfall is expected with the main line of storms, but the entire system is expected to move quickly. Localized flash flooding would be the main threat.

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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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