146.88 repeater down; use 147.105 repeater

The 146.88 repeater is down and requires repairs.  Central Carolina SKYWARN will use the 147.105 repeater (positive offset, tone of 82.5) in Broadway, NC  until repairs are made.  Look for any SKYWARN activation on the Broadway repeater.  If you cannot hit that repeater, please leave your reports on our Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page or use your Spotter Telephone Number to call the Raleigh National Weather Service.  Thank you!

SKYWARN Spotter Training Class

Basic SKYWARN Spotter Class
September 30, 9:30AM
Location: Lane Tree Golf Course
2317 Salem Church Rd, Goldsboro, NC
No pre-registration required; Open to the public
Sponsored by Neuse River Basin Amauteur Radio Association
Trainer: Virginia Enzor

Hurricane Irma – Be Prepared

A great tool that NC Emergency Management recommends for emergencies is ReadyNC.

The  ReadyNC mobile app is an all-in-one tool to help people get ready for everything from traffic jams to hurricanes and ice storms. The app gives information on real-time traffic and weather conditions, river levels, evacuations and power outages.

It works both for iPhone and Android phones. Download it today! For people living in or visiting North Carolina, this is an all-in-one FREE tool for emergency preparedness.

To access it, please visit https://readync.org/EN/DOWNLOADAPP.html


2017 NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour Coming to Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will visit five U.S. East Coast cities and one city in Canada, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft along with the NOAA G-IV aircraft, to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

One of the stops on the 2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour will be Raleigh, North Carolina. This stop will occur at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

The WC-130J is one of ten such aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, located at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. Military air crews fly directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting a tropical cyclone’s intensity and landfall.

The NOAA G-IV is part of the agency’s fleet of highly specialized research and operational aircraft operated, managed, and maintained by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL. It flies at high altitude around and ahead of the tropical cyclone, gathering critical data to go into the hurricane forecast models.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, hurricane specialists Daniel Brown and John Cangialosi, Hurricane Hunter mission specialist Warren Madden, the USAF hurricane hunter crew members, and the NOAA aircraft crew members will be on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and will be available for interviews.

Staff from local emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, and personnel from local NOAA National Weather Service forecast offices  and Central Carolina SKYWARN will be part of the team at the RDU stop.

Community groups, media, elected officials, select local schools (schools by invitation only), and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will be given from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information on the Raleigh event, contact Nick Petro of NWS Raleigh at 919-515-8209, ext. 223 or Nicholas.Petro@noaa.gov.


SKYWARN Spotter Training will be offered on the CCS Information Net on April 4 & April 11 at 9:15 PM on the 146.88 repeater and via live-streaming audio on the internet. Training will focus on the role of the SKYWARN spotter, weather safety and convective basics.

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

Part 1 of Basic Training will be  April 4 ; Part 2, April 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 certification, 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 preferred 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 include  your name, call sign (if licensed),  and preferred email address.

If you live outside the Raleigh NWS county warning area,  the       Raleigh NWS will coordinate with the appropriate Weather Forecast Office to ensure your SKYWARN spotter certification.

Again, you must listen both night to complete the training.

For a list of Spotter Training classes in central North Carolina, please visit www.weather.gov/raleigh/skywarn.

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.