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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: Storms and Heavy Rain Today

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:16

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:01 CDT

One last day of heavy rainfall is expected today, mainly for areas south of Interstate 30. Additionally, there is the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, particularly from Waco and Temple/Killeen eastward toward the I-45 corridor.

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Information for Storm Spotters

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 20:28

SKYWARN Storm Spotters should attend the annual training sessions provided by National Weather Service (NWS). Those sessions give spotters the basic information they need to safely and effectively provide severe weather reports. You are considered a trained spotter by attending a training session. Attending annually also gives you updates on the latest training information. Safety is the primary concern of the training.

If you missed the scheduled training sessions, there is spotter reference material and training on the Internet. This material is useful to the trained spotter as well.

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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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