The '88, Buckfield,repeater, key link in the KQ1L system was severely damaged by ice and a temporary antenna has been installed - which seems to be working well - although it may not have the same coverage. Skywarn training nets may be affected. We are seeking a backup system. Please check here for updates.
Skywarn Recognition Day 2014
Some of the 2014 participants are pictured below.
A PowerPoint presentation from the SKYWARN strategy meeting that was held on December 6th is available for download. You may need the free Microsoft PowerPoint viewer to view.
Available in the Skywarn library in the website are the updated Operations Manual, as well as the new report form and logsheet for the WX1GYX station. Also new in the library are updated county warning area maps (current as of 12/2104) from David, WE1U.
The 7th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21st and 22nd, 2015, at the Augusta Civic Center. More infromation at Maine Prepares.
Winter Field Day 2015 will be held from 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 24, 2015 through 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 25, 2015. More information may be found at SPAR Announces Winter Field Day 2015.
There will be a spotter training session in South Portland on the 7th of January. Click on the Gray Spotter Training button above for details and last minute changes.
Tom, N1KTA, sent along a copy of the GYX Watch, Warning and Advisory criteria that was posted on October 22, 2013 as part of Winter Weather Awarness Week. It is available as a PDF for downloading, GYX Criteria.
From EarthSky. At right an unusual shelf cloud formation in Alabama on June 11, 2012. This is the leading edge of the derecho as it pushes into this area. Image Credit: Mike Wilhelm. The storms that formed June 12 and 13, 2013 in the U.S. Midwest and into the Atlantic states were considered a derecho, but a low-end derecho. Click on the image for more information.
Storm chaser deaths in Oklahoma, Friday May, 31st. Matt Daniel's blog on EarthSky.
NOAA pridicts an active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. More information to be found in the NOAA News aritcle.
Rick, N1SGL and Ivan, N1OXA setting up for the 2013 Winter Field Day at WXGYX site.
Yankee Skywarn® now has a mobile web presence. Blackberrys, iPhones and Androids seem to work well. Check in out and let me know.
Tom, N1KTA, has provided GYX forecast area snowfall maps from the unusual October storm. There are two the first is without topography and the second with topography. And a later "fixed" edition from Tom. All are quick loading JPEG's.
The newest version of the Weather Spotter's Field Guide, A Guide to Being a Skywarn Spotter. The document is 72 pages and is a 27meg download so be prepared. Its worth the time. Download from here.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has updated its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ARRL. The updated MoU serves “as a framework within which volunteers of the ARRL may coordinate their services, facilities and equipment with the NWS in support of nationwide, state and local early weather warning and emergency communications function.”
Through its SKYWARN® program, the NWS recognizes that Amateur Radio operators have assisted as communicators and weather spotters since the program began in the late 1960s. More on this annoncement here.
More Skywarn/CoCoRahs training sessions are in the offing. Watch here for announcements.
Proposed NOAA Climate Service article here.
How to Participate
Who is Eligible?
The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such as HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.How Can I Get Involved?
NWS has 122 local Weather Forecast Offices, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN® program in their local area. Training is conducted by the Gray office in the forecast area of northern New Hampshire and western Maine and covers :
- Basics of thunderstorm development
- Fundamentals of storm structure
- Identifying potential severe weather features
- Information to report
- How to report information
- Basic severe weather safety
National Weather Service
Gray Weather Forecast Office
P.O. Box 1208
Gray, ME 04039
SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA's National Weather Service. Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available here.