Central Carolina SKYWARN has been granted temporary use of the K4ITL 145.210 repeater (- offset, tone of 82.5). This is a wide coverage repeater which will allow many more spotters to participate. We will use the 145.210 repeater as our primary repeater for SKYWARN activation and Tuesday night nets until further notice. Thanks to K4ITL for making this possible!
Due to the Covid-19, all in person SKYWARN Spotter Classes have been cancelled by the Raleigh National Weather Service until further notice.
However, free web-based SKYWARN training class is available to the public, and is offered by the COMET MetED program. The NWS Raleigh is honoring this training and will include individuals who take this online training as part of its database of SKYWARN spotters for central North Carolina. For further information please visit https://www.weather.gov/rah/rahcomet
Our final results were great this year! Here they are:
252 contacts that includes dupes,
234 unique contacts after dupes removed,
39 NWS offices,
40 states and
10 DX contacts which included contacts in Canada, Cuba, Bosnia and Spain!
These results earned us the Blizzard Certificate!
Thanks to the 2019 SRD WX4NC Team at the Raleigh NWS office and thanks to all who made contact with WX4NC!
Weather Spotters get ready! SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019 officially takes place Saturday, December 7, from 0000-2400 UTC. During this 24 hour period, spotters make contact with SKYWARN radio operators at NWS offices across the nation. This annual event was originally 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. It also allows NWS offices to test their back up forms of communications.
Central Carolina SKYWARN and the Raleigh National Weather Service, operating under the call sign WX4NC, will join in the fun on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, making contacts on the K4ITL 145.210 repeater, the WB4TQD 146.88 repeater, the K4ITL 147.105 repeater, the K4ITL 147.135 repeater, the Carolina 440 UHF Link System, the W4BAD Linked System, IRLP, Echolink (WX3H and WX4NC), and HF (20, 40 & 80 meters SSB). To find the specific HF frequencies, look for us on http://dxsummit.fi/#/ or ask a SKYWARN operator on the 145.210 repeater.
Radio operators will exchange names, call signs, locations, signal reports, and a 1 or 2-word weather report.
Hope to get you in the log!
Good news! Central Carolina SKYWARN has been granted temporary use of the K4ITL 145.210 repeater (- offset, tone of 82.5) until the 146.88 repeater is fully repaired. This is a wide coverage repeater which will allow many more spotters to participate. We will use the 145.210 repeater as our primary repeater for SKYWARN activation until further notice. Thanks to K4ITL for making this possible!
Due to repeater issues and the threat of widespread severe storms likely, Central Carolina SKYWARN will run on both the 146.88 repeater and the Carolina 440 Link System. Spotters may choose whichever repeater works best for them to make a severe weather report. Frequencies for the Carolina 440 Link System may be found at www.carolina440.net. Reports may also be posted to the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page.
The National Weather is looking for these types of reports:
- Hail – any size initially; then penny size, ¾” diameter or larger thereafter
- Measured wind speeds of 50 mph or greater
- Flooding and flash flooding where none normally occurs
- Rotating wall clouds, funnel clouds, or tornadoes
- Damage caused by high winds such as downed limbs and trees and their approximate diameter and building and roof damage.
Per the direction of the Raleigh National Weather Service, Central Carolina SKYWARN has deactivated for this evening. We will hold one final net tomorrow morning, December 10, at 7:00 AM to collect any additional reports. Thanks to everyone for their timely winter weather reports and photos! Spotters in the Central Carolina SKYWARN coverage area rock!