April 15 SKYWARN Net and April 19 RARSfest

You are invited to join us on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net on Tuesday, April 15 , at 9:15pm on the 146.88 repeater.  Special guest Raleigh NWS Meteorologist-In-Charge Darin Figurskey KC2IPY will have a Powerpoint presentation which, along with the weekly weather impact briefing, can be  viewed at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/skywarn/WeeklyBriefing/SkywarnWeeklyBriefing.pdf.  (Darin’s presentation is incorporated at the end of the briefing.)

You can also listen to the net via live internet feed at www.broadcastify.com  On the website, please follow these menu choices:  live audio> north carolina> wake county> central carolina skywarn

Central Carolina SKYWARN will have a booth at RARSfest on April 19, 2014 in the Jim Graham Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.  Please stop by to say hello, and register for the door prize, a book entitled, “Prepare for Disaster” by Dr. James D. Lee.  This book focuses on how to prepare for and protect from catastrophic weather and other events.  Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro WX3H will be teaching a SKYWARN Basic Spotter Class at RARSfest at 1:30pm.  CCS Emergency Coordinator Virginia Enzor NC4VA will be presenting a forum on “Activities for New Hams” at 10:45pm which will include information on the SKYWARN program. Hope to see some folks there!

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Upcoming Spotter Training Class

Upcoming SKYWARN Spotter Training Class, Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10am at North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road, Durham, NC. Sponsored by Durham County Emergency Management. Open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

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Flood Safety Awareness Week March 16-22

Did you know that flash floods and floods are the number one cause of of deaths associated with thunderstorms?  Each year flooding accounts for more than  90 fatalities.  More than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven through flood waters.  Only two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, even SUVS and pickup trucks.  Always heed the National Weather Service slogan, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when approaching  flooded roadways.

To learn more about flood safety, flood watches and warnings, and what to do before, during and after a flood, please visit http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/.

 

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Central Carolina SKYWARN offers Basic Spotter Training via its net March 4 & 11

SKYWARN Spotter Training will be offered on the CCS Information Net on March 4 & 11 at 9:15 PM on the 146.88 repeater as part of the Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Part 1 of Basic Training will be March 4; Part 2, March 11. The instructor will be Nick Petro WX3H, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Raleigh National Weather Service.

To fully benefit from this training and to receive a spotter  number, you must:
A. download the training presentation before each net from www.centralcarolinaskywarn.net  (It will be included with the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing.  Click on the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing on the top menu to download.)
B. listen and check in at the end of both nets, and
C. email CCS Emergency Coordinator Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com with your name, call sign (if licensed), spotter number (if already assigned) and email address.  The NWS will then contact you about completing the spotter certification process.

Scanner listeners and listeners receiving live streaming audio on the internet at www.broadcastify.com may also participate by downloading the presentations and emailing Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com immediately after both nets. Again, be sure to your name, call sign (if licensed), spotter number (if already assigned) and email address.

This training may used to earn initial spotter certification or to renew certification which is required every three years.

 

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Repeater Status

Central Carolina SKYWARN’s first back up repeater, 147.105, in Broadway is currently off the air due to ice damage. Should we suffer any problems with the 146.88 repeater, we will use our secondary repeater repeater first, 147.135 (+) (82.5) in Chapel Hill and our tertiary back-up next, the Carolina 440 UHF link system. At this time, no problems are anticipated with the 146.88 repeater.

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2014 StormFest .. March 6th!

The 2014 StormFest is Thursday March 6th from 5PM until 9pm at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  It is part of the North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

We will offer Basic SKYWARN training starting at 6pm, Trivia Night starting at 7pm and a “Ask The Experts” Meteorologist Panel at 7:30pm.

For more information, please click on the flyer!

2014 StormFest

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Central Carolina SKYWARN activation plans February 12-13, 2014

Central Carolina SKYWARN activates at the direction of the Raleigh National Weather Service for winter weather.  We have been directed NOT to activate for Tuesday’s event given the amount of expected snowfall and above freezing temperatures during the daytime.

We have been directed to activate for the Wednesday-Thursday event with the onset of wintry precipitation.

The National Weather Service will be looking for the following criteria during this event:

Name, Call sign and Spotter Number (if available)
Location (street & cross street with city and county or latitude/longitude coordinates)
Precipitation type -  Snow, Sleet, Freezing rain, Rain, Mixed precipitation with predominant type
Rate of precipitation -  Light, Moderate or  Heavy
Any changeover in precipitation type
Measured accumulation/accretion during the past 2 hours (should correspond with net times if possible)
Measured total event accumulation/accretion
Sustained (not blinking) power outages
Road conditions

Please note that temperature and wind speed are not requested at this time.

If conditions are bad with icing, the NWS prefers you play it safe by staying inside and not making measurements of ice accretion.

With the onset of precipitation, a Net Control Station will be standing by to take initial winter weather reports on Wednesday.  A directed net will then at the bottom of every other hour to take reports.  We will temporarily cease operations at midnight and resume nets at 6:30am on Wednesday for the duration of the event. Please listen for announcements or check our website and Facebook page for scheduled nets.

If you observe a significant change in precipitation, such as a changeover from rain to sleet, sleet to snow, snow to sleet, sleet to freezing rain, etc., please call Net Control before the next scheduled net.

You may make winter weather reports via the Central Carolina SKYWARN Net, the Central Carolina Facebook page, the National Weather Service Facebook page, or calling the NWS using the confidential number you received during spotter training.

Look for us on the 146.88 repeater.  Our backups, should we need them, are:
147.105 (+) (82.5 Hz) Broadway
147.135 (+) (82.5) Chapel Hill
Carolina 440 UHF Linked System

Per the National Weather Service, storms like this typically produce impacts such as…
-Difficult, if not impossible travel conditions
-Downed trees and power lines, where the heaviest ice accumulates
-Widespread and prolonged power outages
-Increase danger of home and business structure fires, as people turn to alternative heating sources
-Increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning for those who improperly use alternative heat sources or generators.

Also, please join us our normally scheduled CCS net tonight at 9:15pm on the 146.88 repeater. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro of the Raleigh National Weather Service will join us for a briefing on the upcoming event. You can also listen to net and briefing via www.broadcastify.com.  Click on the following sequence:  Live>North Carolina>Wake County.  Scroll down the page and click on Central Carolina SKYWARN.  That will open up the live feed for you to hear.

Please view the National Weather Service Raleigh Facebook page for the latest weather information regarding this potential winter weather event.

Be safe, and thank you in advance for your reports!

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SKYWARN Recognition Day 2013 – December 7!

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2013 officially takes place Saturday, December 7 from 0000-2400 UTC. Over 100 National Weather Services offices across the nation, including the Raleigh National Weather Service, are expected to participate in this 15th annual event.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League to celebrate the contributions that SKYWARN radio operators/spotters make to the National Weather Service. During a 24 hour period, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

Central Carolina SKYWARN, operating under the call sign WX4NC, will join in the fun on Friday night (December 6) from 7-10 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, making contacts on the WB4TQD 146.88 repeater, the K4ITL 147.105 repeater, the K4ITL 147.135 repeater, the Carolina 440 UHF Link System, IRLP (node 9219), Echolink and HF (10, 15, 20, 40  & 80 meters SSB). We will also be adding a CW station this year!  Look for us on DX Cluster, http://sk6aw.net/cluster/?mode=SSB, or ask a SKYWARN operator on the 146.88 repeater for our frequencies.  You can find WX3H (WX4NC) on Echolink between 8-9:30 AM and other times as available.

Radio operators will exchange names, call signs, locations, signal reports, and a 1
or 2-word weather report.

A QSL card will be available for this event. Stations logging a contact with WX4NC may send a SASE envelope to the following address to receive a QSL card:

National Weather Service
Raleigh Forecast Office
1005 Capability Drive, Suite 300
Centennial Campus
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

Hope to get work you on as many bands and modes as possible!

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SKYWARN Basic Spotter Training

SKYWARN Basic Spotter Training will offered at the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society meeting on Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30pm at RLCB 3200 Bush Street in Raleigh. It will be taught by Nick Petro WX3H, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the Raleigh National Weather Service, and Virginia Enzor NC4VA, Emergency Coordinator for Central Carolina SKYWARN. Spotter numbers will be issued in late summer per the Raleigh National Weather Service, so make sure your certification is current (within the last 3 years). All are invited to attend.

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SKYWARN Net Program on June 18, 2013

Please join us on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net tonight, June 18, at 9:15pm on the 146.88 repeater. Scanner listeners may listen to live streamed audio from www.broadcastify.com. Raleigh National Weather Service Meteorologist-in-Charge Darin Figurskey KC2IPY will present the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing and a program on “A Look Back at Hurricane Season 2012 and A Look Ahead to 2013.” Both these presentations can be downloaded as one download from  http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/skywarn/WeeklyBriefing/SkywarnWeeklyBriefing.pptx

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Weather Spotter’s Field Guide

Looking for the Basic SKYWARN Training Weather Spotter’s Field Guide?  Here’s the URL: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/brochures/SGJune6-11.pdf

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Central Carolina SKYWARN offers Basic Spotter Training via its net April 23 & 30!

Do you live in central North Carolina and need Basic Spotter Training? Has it been 3 years since you’ve had Basic Spotter Training and it’s now time to refresh?  SKYWARN Spotter Training will be offered on the CCS Information Net on April 23 & 30 at 9:15 PM on the 146.88 repeater. Part 1 of Basic Training will be April 23; Part 2, April 30. The instructor will be Nick Petro WX3H, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Raleigh National Weather Service.

To fully benefit from this training and to receive a spotter certificate you must:
A. download the training presentation before each net from www.centralcarolinaskywarn.net  (It will be included with the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing.  Click on the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing on the top menu to download.)
B. listen and check in at the end of both nets, and
C. email CCS Emergency Coordinator Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com with your name, call sign (if licensed), and email address.  The NWS will send you a form to complete with information for their database. Upon completion, an email will be sent to you with the URL to retrieve your Spotter certificate.

Scanner listeners and listeners receiving live streaming audio on the internet at www.broadcastify.com may also participate by downloading the presentations and emailing Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com immediately after both nets. Again,be sure to include your name, call sign (if licensed) and email address.

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CoCoRaHS March Madness 2013

CoCoRaHS, the Community Colaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network is looking for volunteers. If you like watching and reporting weather conditions, this opportunity is for you! To learn more about this great organization, please visit www.cocorahs.org!
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Winter Weather Activation for February 16, 2013

Central Carolina SKYWARN will activate for today’s winter weather event at 10am per the direction of the Raleigh NWS. A Net Control Station will be standing by on the 146.88 repeater to take initial winter weather reports at the changeover from rain to snow. A directed net may follow at the bottom of the hour to take winter weather reports until the event is over or the NWS directs us to deactivate.

Spotters are asked to provide the following criteria in their reports:
• Call sign and Name
• Location
• Precipitation type – snow, sleet, freezing rain or mixed precipitation with predominant type.
• Rate of precipitation – light, moderate, or heavy
• Any changeover in precipitation type
• Measured accumulation/accretion in the past hour
• Measured total event accumulation/accretion
• Temperature (if available)
• Measured wind speed and direction (if available)
• Sustained (not blinking) power outages
• Road conditions

Spotters who cannot make reports via amateur radio may post their reports to the Central Carolina SKYWARN facebook page,  (www.facebook.com/centralcarolinaskywarn) with the same requested information.

Thank you!

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Deactivation for Winter Weather Event, January 25, 2013

Central Carolina SKYWARN deactivated for the winter weather event on January 25, 2013, at 7pm per the direction of the Raleigh National Weather Service.  Thanks to all spotters for their timely reports and to all NCOs for their time and service!

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Winter Weather Activation for January 25, 2013

Central Carolina SKYWARN will activate for the pending winter weather event per the direction of the Raleigh NWS. A Net Control Station will be standing by on the 146.88 repeater to take initial winter weather reports at the changeover from rain to snow. A directed net may follow at the bottom of the hour to take winter weather reports until the event is over or the NWS directs us to deactivate.

Spotters are asked to provide the following criteria in their reports:
• Call sign and Name
• Location
• Precipitation type – snow, sleet, freezing rain or mixed precipitation with predominant type.
• Rate of precipitation – light, moderate, or heavy
• Any changeover in precipitation type
• Measured accumulation/accretion in the past hour
• Measured total event accumulation/accretion
• Temperature (if available)
• Measured wind speed and direction (if available)
• Sustained (not blinking) power outages
• Road conditions

Spotters who cannot make reports via amateur radio may post their reports to the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page or email reports to rah.reports@noaa.gov with the same requested information.

Thank you!

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Winter Weather Event Activation Update January 17-18, 2013

Central Carolina SKYWARN has deactivated for this winter weather event for the evening. We will hold one final net on the 146.88 repeater at 6:30am Friday morning to take storm total accumulation reports. Alternatively, spotters may email storm total to rah.reports@noaa.gov. Commuters may also wish to share road conditions regarding black ice.   Thanks to all spotters for their fine reports!

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Winter Weather Activation for January 17-18, 2013

Central Carolina SKYWARN will activate for the pending winter weather event per the direction of the Raleigh NWS. A Net Control Station will be standing by on the 146.88 repeater to take initial winter weather reports at the changeover from rain to snow. A directed net may follow at the bottom of the hour to take winter weather reports until 12:30am Friday. We will resume nets from 5:30am to 7:30am on Friday for total snowfall accumulations and reports of black ice.

Spotters are asked to provide the following criteria in their reports:
• Call sign and Name
• Location
• Precipitation type – snow, sleet, freezing rain or mixed precipitation with predominant type.
• Rate of precipitation – light, moderate, or heavy
• Any changeover in precipitation type
• Measured accumulation/accretion in the past hour
• Measured total event accumulation/accretion
• Temperature (if available)
• Measured wind speed and direction (if available)
• Sustained (not blinking) power outages
• Road conditions

Spotters who cannot reports by amateur radio may make reports to the Central Carolina SKYWARN on Facebook.

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SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012 officially takes place Saturday, December 1 0000-2400 UTC. Over 70 National Weather Services offices across the nation, including the Raleigh National Weather Service, are expected to participate in this 14th annual event.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League to celebrate the contributions that SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During a 24 hour period, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

Central Carolina SKYWARN, operating under the call sign WX4NC, will join in the fun on Friday night (November 30) from 7-10 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, making contacts on the WB4TQD 146.88 repeater, the K4ITL 147.105 repeater, the K4ITL 147.135 repeater, the Carolina 440 UHF Link System, IRLP (node 9219), and HF (10, 15, 20, 40  & 80 meters).

Radio operators will exchange names, call signs, locations, signal reports, and a 1
or 2-word weather report.

A QSL card will be available for this event. Stations logging a contact with WX4NC may send a SASE envelope to the following address to receive a QSL card:

National Weather Service
Raleigh Forecast Office
1005 Capability Drive, Suite 300
Centennial Campus
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

Hope to get you in the log!

Virginia Enzor NC4VA
Emergency Coordinator
Central Carolina SKYWARN

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Weekly Weather Impact Briefing Link

The link for the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing has been fixed.  Spotters may now use the following URL to download the briefing:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/skywarn/WeeklyBriefing/SkywarnWeeklyBriefing.pdf

Virginia Enzor NC4VA
Emergency Coordinator
Central Carolina SKYWARN

 

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SKYWARN Program Tonight + Special Field Day Weather Briefing

You are invited to join us on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net on Tuesday, June 19, at 9:15pm on the 146.88 repeater.  Special guest Raleigh NWS Meteorologist-In-Charge Darin Figurskey KC2IPY will present  the Weekly Weather Briefing, including a special Field Day Outlook, and then a program on “Severe Thunderstorm Parameters from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Webpage”.  Both the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing and program can be  viewed at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/skywarn/WeeklyBriefing/SkywarnWeeklyBriefing.pdf.  (Darin’s presentation is incorporated at the end of the briefing.)

You can also listen to the net via live internet feed at www.radioreference.com.  On the website, please follow these menu choices:  live audio feed> north carolina> wake county> central carolina skywarn

Upcoming opportunities for Basic Spotter SKYWARN Training (all open to the public) include the following:
Tuesday, June 26, 7pm-9pm – Scootworks, 112 N. Church Street, Zebulon (sponsored by Triangle East Amateur Radio Association)
Tuesday, June 26, 5:30pm-7:330pm – Orange County Emergency Services Bldg, 510 Meadowland Drive, Hillsborough
Monday, July 16, 7pm-9pm – Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, 7900 Russell Road, Durham

73,
Virginia Enzor
NC4VA
Emergency Coordinator
Central Carolina SKYWARNccs

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April 17 SKYWARN Information Net

You are invited to join us on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net on Tuesday, April 17, at 9:15pm on the 146.88 repeater.  After the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing by Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro WX3H, we will take check-ins on the 146.88 repeater and then conduct a test with check-ins on two of our back up repeaters, the K4ITL 147.105 (tone of 82.5) in Broadway and the K4ITL 147.135 (tone of 82.5) in Chapel Hill.  This will be a great opportunity for spotters to check their ability to get into our back up repeaters, perhaps even testing more than one radio.  We encourage you to program your radios ahead of time if you have not already done so.

Folks can now take advantage of on-line Spotter training through the Comet MetED program at https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23.   The course includes two modules: “Role of the SKYWARN Spotter” and “SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics” and takes about 2 hours to complete. The Raleigh NWS will honor this training and include individuals who take this online training as part of its database of SKYWARN spotters for central North Carolina.

This is the anniversary of the April 16, 2011 tornado outbreak that devastated NC.  For a detailed summary of the event, please visit http://www4.ncsu.edu/~nwsfo/storage/cases/20110416/.

Folks can listen to our Tuesday night SKYWARN nets and all activations  via live internet feed at www.radioreference.com.  On the website, please follow these menu choices:  live audio feed> north carolina> wake county> central carolina skywarn

73,
Virginia Enzor
NC4VA
Emergency Coordinator
Central Carolina SKYWARN

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New Weekly Weather Impact Briefing for Central Carolina Skywarn Information Net

Beginning Tuesday, February 7, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro will present on weekly weather impact briefing for the Central Carolina Skywarn Net.  Find out about potential weather impacts and prepare accordingly as you make your plans.   To see the accompaning slides for his presention each week, please visit  please check http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/skywarn/WeeklyBriefing/SkywarnWeeklyBriefing.pdf.

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Central Carolina Skywarn live audio feed

When Central Carolina Skywarn activates, spotters and weather enthusiasts can now listen to transmissions on the WB4TQD 146.88 repeater via the internet by visiting www.radioreference.com or by clicking here.   Folks can also listen to the Central Carolina Information Net each Tuesday evening at 9:15pm.

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NOAA All Hazards Radio now online

  To hear your local station, please click here.

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