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6AM Dec.8 Raleigh NWS Briefing

Spotters in counties within the Central Carolina SKYWARN coverage area may post any snow total reports along with your location and time on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page or call them into the Raleigh National Weather Service using the number you received during your Spotter Training. CoCoRaHS and the mPing app can also be used. Thank you!

19th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day, Saturday December 2, 2017

The National Weather Service in Raleigh will participate in the 19th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) with members of Central Carolina SKYWARN on Saturday December 2, 2017. SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS.

During this event, amateur radio operators will visit the NWS Raleigh office and contact other radio operators across the world and radio operators at other NWS offices. This event also serves as an opportunity for the testing of amateur radios and antennas and all other forms of backup communications.

What makes this year’s SKYWARN Recognition Day event special is that Wake County Emergency Management will be participating with NWS Raleigh and will have their mobile command post trailer set up adjacent to the weather office. In addition to radio stations at the National Weather Service, several radio stations will be set up in the command post. This setup will provide an opportunity to not only showcase SKYWARN and amateur radio, but the partnership between the National Weather Service and its emergency management partners.

The 24- hour amateur radio event, which is based on Universal Coordinated Time, will run from 7 PM EST Friday, December 1, 2017, through 7 PM EST Saturday, December 2, 2017. Members of Central Carolina SKYWARN will begin preparing for the event Friday afternoon, setting up antennas and radios at the NWS Raleigh office. Numerous radio contacts will be made at the start of the event Friday evening, with the bulk of the contacts made during the period starting early Saturday morning through the end of the event Saturday evening. In addition to making radio contacts, during the day Saturday the NWS Raleigh will provide tours of the NWS Raleigh weather operations facility to its trained SKYWARN volunteers. Look for us on 80, 40 and 20 meters and the Central Carolina SKYWARN primary and back up repeaters; we will be using the callsign WX4NC.

146.88 Repeater Back in Service

Should a severe weather activation take place later today, Central Carolina SKYWARN will use the 146.88 repeater. If that repeater becomes unavailable, we will utilize our primary back up, the 147.105 repeater in Broadway.

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.