The Graphic above is from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies via EarthSky. The suggestion is that we, meaning all of us, are on the way to a record setting hot year. The image is linked back to the NASA site.
The Skywarn Training Net is back, however the 88 repeater is using a temporary antenna that does not have the normal coverage. Suggest higher power or elevation if possible.
Spring 2104 spotter training is in the planning. Check the link above for the latest schedule.
The Winter 2013 issue of The Coastal Front is now available. Articles dealing with awards to cooperative weather observers, and interview with Steve Capriola, snow measuring techniques and a fall weather review are included. Find past issues here.
Stats from the 2013 Skywarn Recognition Day at GYX may be downloaded here.
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.
Skywarn Recognition Day 2013 at the Gray NWS office.
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
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Gray, ME 04039
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