SKYWARN Activation, January 6-7, 2017

The Raleigh National Weather Service has directed Central Carolina SKYWARN to activate for the pending Winter Weather event. We will activate today from 6pm to midnight and on Saturday from 6am to 6pm. We will run the SKYWARN activation net at the top of each hour on the 146.88 repeater. If needed, our first backup will be the 147.105 repeater with tone of 82.5 Hz. Secondary backup will be the 147.135 repeater with a tone of 82.5 Hz. Tertiary backup will be the Carolina 440 UHF Link System.
 
We will be asking for the following criteria for each net:
 
*Callsign (if any) and name
 
*Location – Street/Cross street, city & county or lat/long.
 
*Precipitation type -snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain
 
*Accumulation of snow/ice accretion (If you have both, you may report X number of inches of snow and x number of inches as sleet. If unsure how much of each, just report your total as combination of sleet and snow.
 
*Impacts such as road conditions (particularly any roads that are closed or impassable, sustained power outages (not just blinking) and downed limbs/trees.
 
It will NOT be necessary to report the intensity of precipitation, any changeovers or temperatures.
 
Reports will also be accepted on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page. Your winter weather photos are welcome too!
 
Thanks in advance spotters! Please stay warm and safe.

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2016

Weather Spotters get ready! SKYWARN Recognition Day 2016 officially takes place Saturday, December 3, from 0000-2400 UTC.

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. During a 24 hour period, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

Central Carolina SKYWARN and the Raleigh National Weather Service, operating under the call sign WX4NC, will join in the fun on Friday night (December 2) from 7 -11 PM and Saturday from 8:00 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, 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 146.880 repeater.

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

There will be a special event certificate from the Raleigh National Weather/Central Carolina SKYWARN! Instructions for obtaining a 2016 SKYWARN Recognition Day Special Event Certificate from WX4NC can be found by going to www.weather.gov/raleigh/skywarn on December 3, 2016.

Hope to get you in the log!

Hurricane Michael Activation

The National Weather Service has directed Central Carolina SKYWARN to activate for a Flash Flood Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Watch/Warning, and Tornado Watch/Warning during Hurricane Matthew. The CCS NCO will announce appropriate watch/warning product and monitor the 146.88 repeater for reports.

The National Weather Service is looking for the following types of spotter reports:

–Rotating funnel clouds and tornadoes
–Measured wind gusts over 50 mph
–Flooding and flash-flooding where none normally occurs; this includes flooded structures, impassable roads, and streams creeks, and rivers that are out of their banks
–Wind damage such as downed trees and power lines and any   building or roof damage

–At the end of the storm, please provide your rainfall total.

SKYWARN will monitor the 146.88 repeater for spotter reports. Spotters may also post their reports to the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page.

This activation is live-streamed at www.broadcastify.com.   Go to that URL, click on live audio.  Then click on the  map, click on North Carolina, then Wake County, then Central Carolina SKYWARN.

Thank you for your reports!

 

September is National Preparedness Month

Don’t Wait. Communicate.

Events like the recent flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Hermine approaching Florida, and Hurricane Lester in the Gulf remind us that weather can change at a moment’s notice.

Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency.  It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.

This September and throughout the year here are few actions you can take to get started:

For more information, please visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSRC/bulletins/1611da5

 

Fall Weather Safety Tips

As the days get shorter and temperatures fall, a new round of weather hazards are on the rise. This transitional season often features weather hazards seen during both warm and cold months, including hurricanes, wildfires, intense winds, flooding, droughts, early season snow and more.

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe this fall! Get ready for fall weather with preparedness tips from the National Weather Service. www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/fall_safety.html

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CCS NOW A NOAA WEATHER-READY NATION AMBASSADOR

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Central Carolina SKYWARN is now a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador! WRN Ambassadors are formally recognized by NOAA as organizations committed to collaborating with NOAA, sharing preparedness messaging in outreach to the public, and serving as examples themselves by implementing resilience best practices. For more information as Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, please visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/ 

We will be posting WRN  safety messages from time to time to help folks prepare for extreme weather!

Weekly CCS Information Net

Please join us on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net every Tuesday night on the 146.88 repeater at 9:15 pm. Hear the weekly weather impact briefing delivered by a staff member of the Raleigh National Weather Service. The pdf of the briefing can be downloaded from www.centralcarolinaskywarn.net. Folks may also listen via www.broadcastify.net; visit that website and click in sequence on LIve > North Carolina > Wake County. Central Carolina SKYWARN.