Storm Coordination Message #5 – Late Monday Night 12/2/19-Tuesday Afternoon 12/3/19

Hello to all…
..Coastal Storm System will have another round of snow, heavy at times with stronger winds at advisory levels across Cape Cod and the Islands and wind gusts to around 40 MPH elsewhere along East Coastal and South Coastal Massachusetts and some interior Eastern New England locations..
..A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Noon Tuesday for Essex, Central and Southeast Middlesex, Norfolk, and North-Central Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of additional snow accumulation and wind gusts to around 40 MPH..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 7 AM for Northern Connecticut, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and Northwest Rhode Island for 2-4″ of additional snow accumulation..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Noon Tuesday for the remainder of Rhode Island, Bristol and Southern Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and Cape Cod for 2-5″ of snow..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands until 10 AM for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH..
..If there is wet snow in the Wind Advisory area and strong wind gusts to 40 MPH in other coastal areas and the snow is heavy and wet, isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages will be possible..
..Also, after further clarification from NWS Boston/Norton, running snowfall totals since the storm start on Sunday are appreciated and if SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators can provide a partial total since Monday Morning and a running total since the event start on Sunday, that would be appreciated. THANKS to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators who have provided snowfall total reports, precip type reports, wind gust and damage report info for this event..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets starting at 6 AM will monitor the storm event through mid-afternoon Tuesday. This will be the last coordination message concerning the Tuesday Morning portion of this storm event as we continue to monitor via SKYWARN Self-Activation. Below is the Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snowfall Maps..

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Boston/Norton Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #4 – Sunday Afternoon 12/1/19-Tuesday Morning 12/3/19

Hello to all…

..First significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season likely for much of Southern New England starting around midday Sunday lasting through at least Monday Night and possibly into Tuesday Morning. The winter storm continues to have the potential to bring 6″ or more of snow to the interior and some northeast coastal areas of Southern New England with the potential of 10″ or more of snow in northern and western Massachusetts, more of a mix of rain and snow in Southeast New England, south and west of Boston to Providence as well as strong winds to coastal Southern New England..
..A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 10-16″ of snow and up to one-tenth inch of ice. A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Central Middlesex County Massachusetts for 9-12″ of snow and one-tenth of an inch of ice..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Hartford and Tolland Counties of Connecticut for 4-11″ of snow and one-tenth to one-quarter inch of ice. The snow and ice will fall over a greater than 24 hour period resulting in a prolonged event such that it classifies as advisory criteria..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Eastern Hampden, Eastern Hampshire, Southern Worcester and Western Essex Counties of Massachusetts for 8-12″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and up to one-tenth inch of ice. The snow and ice will fall over a greater than 24 hour period resulting in a prolonged event such that it classifies as advisory criteria..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Eastern Essex, Norfolk, Southeast Middlesex and Suffolk Counties Massachusetts for 3-6″ of snow and 7-11″ of snow inland with up to one-tenth inch of ice. Wind Gusts to around 40 MPH are likely especially at the coast. The snow and ice will fall over a greater than 24 hout period resulting a prolonged event that it classifies as advisory criteria..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Windham County Connecticut and Northwest Providence County Rhode Island for 3-8″ of snow and around one-tenth or two-tenths of an inch of ice..
..In all Winter Storm Warning and advisory areas, the consistency of the snow will start out normal and then become heavy and wet along with the ice. This combination may result in isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages that will be monitored..
..Other areas of Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island will see snow change to rain and then potentially back to snow before ending. Strong wind gusts of 40-50 MPH are possible in Southeast coastal New England late Sunday Night into Tuesday Morning potentially prompting Wind Advisories…
..The coastal flood threat is minimal due to low astronomical tides despite a long duration of east and northeast winds in the area but this will be monitored..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton will commence from 4 PM Sunday Afternoon to around 1 AM Monday Morning with Amateur Radio Call-up Nets during this timeframe. SKYWARN Self-Activation will continue to monitor the storm through Monday into Tuesday Morning with Amateur Radio Call-Up nets occurring as needed. WX1BOX Amateur Radio Ops may be considered again for a portion of Monday depending on the intensity of precipitation as the storm intensifies and moves out of the region..

The first significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season still appears likely for Southern New England. The winter storm will significantly impact the Sunday Afternoon and evening travel for travelers returning from Thanksgiving and will have some impacts the Monday Morning and evening commutes. The headlines depict current thinking. Winter Storm Warnings have been expanded to cover Central Middlesex County Massachusetts. Much of the rest of the Winter Storm Watch area has been converted to Winter Weather Advisories though total snowfall for the entire event Tuesday Morning could be greater than 6″ in various parts of the advisory area. The reason for the advisories versus warnings is those snow amounts will pile up over an extended period of time where as the warning area will see the higher totals in a shorter timeframe. There still remains discrepancies in the model guidance on the amount of warming that occurs with some reliable guidance indicating colder conditions while other reliable guidance depicting warmer conditions Key factors have been updated a bit and are as follows:

1.) The storm track will be crucial and with the storm track, the amount of cold air with this system. Some very reliable models including the European model suite is depicting more colder air and a heavier snow scenario. Other models are warmer with a closer to Southern New England coast track. The headlines depict current thinking but changes in snow and ice amounts will be ongoing. Spotter reports will be key in helping make these changes for this storm event.
2.) The speed of the system and its ability to keep heavier snow going. This is expected to be a long duration storm system with a storm track slowly moving eastward south of the coast. Some model guidance indicates a stronger backlash snow for eastern areas as cold air moves back in but other model guidance does not show this due to a lack of moisture. This aspect will bear watching.
3.) Within the warning and advisory areas, the consistency of snow and extent of ice accumulation could result in isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages. This will bear watching throughout the storm event.
4.) The strength of the winds at the coast will continued to be monitored for Wind Advisories. Wind gusts to around 40 MPH are likely at the coast with the potential to hit Wind Advisory levels.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton will commence from 4 PM Sunday Afternoon to around 1 AM Monday Morning with Amateur Radio Call-up Nets during this timeframe. SKYWARN Self-Activation will continue to monitor the storm through Monday into Tuesday Morning with Amateur Radio Call-Up nets occurring as needed. WX1BOX Amateur Radio Ops may be considered again for a portion of Monday depending on the intensity of precipitation as the storm intensifies and moves out of the region. We are planning Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets on some of the main repeaters during the course of the late afternoon/evening hours. Rough start timeframes are as follows:

Western Mass/Northern Connecticut: 4-5 PM
Central Mass: 6-7 PM
Eastern Mass/Rhode Island: 8-9 PM

Check your main SKYWARN Amateur Radio repeater for updates.

This will be the last scheduled update for this winter storm event as we move into operations mode. If time allows and significant changes occur, we’ll post interim storm updates given the duration of the event. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snow and Ice maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Boston/Norton Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #3 – Sunday Morning 12/1/19-Tuesday Morning 12/3/19

Hello to all…

..First significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season likely for much of Southern New England starting around midday Sunday lasting through at least Monday Night and possibly into Tuesday Morning. The winter storm continues to have the potential to bring 6″ or more of snow to the interior and some northeast coastal areas of Southern New England with the potential of 10″ or more of snow in northern and western Massachusetts, more of a mix of rain and snow in Southeast New England, south and west of Boston to Providence as well as strong winds to coastal Southern New England..
..A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 10-18″ of snow..
..A Winter Storm Watch is remains in effect from Sunday Morning to Tuesday Morning for Eastern Hampshire, Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Central Middlesex and Western Essex Counties of Massachusetts for 8-14″ of snow and up to one tenth inch of ice..
..A Winter Storm Watch is remains in effect for Hartford and Tolland Counties of Connecticut from Sunday Morning to Tuesday Morning for 5-10″ of snow ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch of ice as snow may mix with sleet and freezing rain for a time late Sunday Night through early Monday Morning before changing back to snow..
..A Winter Storm Watch is remains in effect from Sunday Morning to Tuesday Moring for Eastern Essex, Southeast Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ of snow along the immediate coast with 6-12″ elsewhere and wind gusts as high as 40 MPH. This area could see a snow to wintry mix to rain back to snow scenario at the coast with a snow to wintry mix back to snow inland from the coast..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Windham County Connecticut and Northwest Providence County Rhode Island for 3-6″ of snow and around one-tenth of an inch of ice..
..Other areas of Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island will see snow change to rain and then potentially back to snow before ending. Strong wind gusts of 40-50 MPH are possible in Southeast coastal New England depending on the speed, track and intensity of the coastal storm late Sunday Night into Tuesday Morning potentially prompting Wind Advisories…
..The coastal flood threat is minimal due to low astronomical tides despite a long duration of east and northeast winds in the area but this will be monitored..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely to monitor this storm system with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton possible to likely over portions of this long duration storm event. Further details on the activation plan will be determined Saturday Evening into early Sunday Morning..

The first significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season still appears likely for Southern New England. The winter storm will significantly impact the Sunday Afternoon and evening travel for travelers returning from Thanksgiving and could significantly impact the Monday Morning and evening commutes. The headlines depict current thinking and there is still spread in the models right now concerning the track and speed of this coastal storm hence why Winter Storm Watches remain posted for much of the area and the only change was for Winter Weather Advisories Windham County Connecticut and Northwest Providence County Rhode Island. Key factors for this storm include and remain the following:

1.) The storm track will be crucial and with the storm track, the amount of cold air with this system. Some very reliable models including the European model suite is depicting more colder air and a heavier snow scenario. Other models are warmer with a closer to Southern New England coast track. As we move into Saturday Night and Sunday, model guidance will come into better agreement and that will adjust snow, wintry mix and rain amounts across the entire region.
2.) The speed of the system and its ability to keep heavier snow going. This is expected to be a long duration storm system with a storm track slowly moving eastward south of the coast. If the system’s slow track verifies and is able to wrap around good moisture and heavy precipitation, this could mean heavier snow amounts in interior southern New England depending on key factor 1 on the storm track.
3.) The storm intensity which will impact key factor 2 particularly if slow moving.
4.) The strength of the winds will hinge on key factors 2 and 3.

SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely to monitor this storm system with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton possible to likely over portions of this long duration storm event. Further details on the activation plan will be determined Saturday evening into early Sunday Morning. Another coordination message will be posted by 1000 AM Sunday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Watch/Winter Weather Advisory statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snow and Ice maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Watch/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Boston/Norton Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Sunday AM 12/1/19 Through Tuesday AM 12/3/19 Major Winter Storm Potential

Hello to all…

..First significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season likely for much of Southern New England starting around midday Sunday lasting through at least Monday Night and possibly into Tuesday Morning. The winter storm has the potential to bring 6″ or more of snow to the interior and some northeast coastal areas of Southern New England with the potential of 10″ or more of snow in northern and western Massachusetts, more of a mix of rain and snow in Southeast New England, south and west of Boston to Providence as well as strong winds to coastal Southern New England..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 11 AM Sunday to 7 AM Tuesday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 10-18″ of snow..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Sunday Morning to Tuesday Morning for Eastern Hampshire, Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Central Middlesex and Western Essex Counties of Massachusetts for 8-14″ of snow and up to one tenth inch of ice..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for Hartford and Tolland Counties of Connecticut from Sunday Morning to Tuesday Morning for 5-10″ of snow ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch of ice as snow may mix with sleet and freezing rain for a time late Sunday Night through early Monday Morning before changing back to snow..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Sunday Morning to Tuesday Moring for Eastern Essex, Southeast Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ of snow along the immediate coast with 6-12″ elsewhere and wind gusts as high as 40 MPH. This area could see a snow to wintry mix to rain back to snow scenario at the coast with a snow to wintry mix back to snow inland from the coast..
..Areas along the immediate southern and eastern edges of the Winter Storm Watch may see a wintry mix of precipitation sufficient for Winter Weather Advisories to be posted and this will be monitored. Strong wind gusts of 40-50 MPH are possible in Southeast coastal New England depending on the speed, track and intensity of the coastal storm..
..The coastal flood threat is minimal due to low astronomical tides despite a long duration of east and northeast winds in the area but this will be monitored..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely to monitor this storm system with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton possible to likely over portions of this long duration storm event. Further details on the activation plan will be determined Saturday Evening into early Sunday Morning..

The first significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season still appears likely for Southern New England. The winter storm will significantly impact the Sunday Afternoon and evening travel for travelers returning from Thanksgiving and could significantly impact the Monday Morning and evening commutes. The headlines depict current thinking and there is still spread in the models right now concerning the track and speed of this coastal storm. Key factors for this storm include and remain the following:

1.) The storm track will be crucial and with the storm track, the amount of cold air with this system. Some very reliable models including the European model suite is depicting more colder air and a heavier snow scenario. Other models are warmer with a closer to Southern New England coast track. As we move into Saturday, model guidance will come into better agreement and that will adjust snow, wintry mix and rain amounts across the entire region.
2.) The speed of the system and its ability to keep heavier snow going. This is expected to be a long duration storm system with a storm track slowly moving eastward south of the coast. If the system’s slow track verifies and is able to wrap around good moisture and heavy precipitation, this could mean heavier snow amounts in interior southern New England depending on key factor 1 on the storm track.
3.) The storm intensity which will impact key factor 2 particularly if slow moving.
4.) The strength of the winds will hinge on key factors 2 and 3.

SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely to monitor this storm system with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton possible to likely over portions of this long duration storm event. Further details on the activation plan will be determined Saturday evening into early Sunday Morning. Another coordination message will be posted by 1000 PM Saturday Evening. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Watch statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snow and Ice maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Watch Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Boston/Norton Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Sunday Midday 12/1/19-Tuesday Morning 12/3/19 Significant Winter Storm Potential

Hello to all…

..On behalf of the WX1BOX Amateur Radio team and NWS Boston/Norton forecasters, we hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday..
..First significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season likely for much of Southern New England starting around midday Sunday lasting through at least Monday Night and possibly into Tuesday Morning. The winter storm has the potential to bring 6″ or more of snow to the interior and some northeast coastal areas of Southern New England, more of a mix of rain and snow in Southeast New England, south and west of Boston to Providence as well as strong winds to coastal Southern New England..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from midday Sunday through Monday Evening for Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, Northern and Central Middlesex and Western Essex Counties of Massachusetts for 8-12″ of snow with higher amounts possible in the eastern slopes of the Berkshires..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for Hartford and Tolland Counties of Connecticut from midday Sunday through Monday Evening for 5-10″ of snow ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch of ice as snow may mix with sleet and freezing rain for a time late Sunday Night through early Monday Morning before changing back to snow..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Midday Sunday through Monday Evening for Eastern Essex, Southeast Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ of snow along the immediate coast with 4-8″ elsewhere and wind gusts as high as 40 MPH. This area could see a snow to wintry mix to rain back to snow scenario at the coast with a snow to wintry mix back to snow inland from the coast..
..Areas along the immediate southern and eastern edges of the Winter Storm Watch may see a wintry mix of precipitation sufficient for Winter Weather Advisories to be posted and this will be monitored. Strong wind gusts of 40-50 MPH are possible in Southeast coastal New England depending on the speed, track and intensity of the coastal storm..
..The coastal flood threat is minimal due to low astronomical tides despite a long duration of east and northeast winds in the area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely to monitor this storm system with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton possible to likely over portions of this long duration storm event. Further details on the activation plan will be determined over the course of the day Saturday into early Sunday Morning..

The first significant winter storm of the 2019-2020 winter season is appearing likely for Southern New England. The winter storm will significantly impact the Sunday Afternoon and evening travel for travelers returning from Thanksgiving and could significantly impact the Monday Morning and evening commutes. The headlines depict current thinking and there is still spread in the models right now concerning the track and speed of this coastal storm. Key factors for this storm include:

1.) The storm track will be crucial and with the storm track, the amount of cold air with this system. Some very reliable models including the European model suite is depicting more colder air and a heavier snow scenario. Other models are warmer with a closer to Southern New England coast track. As we move into Saturday, model guidance will come into better agreement and that will adjust snow, wintry mix and rain amounts across the entire region.
2.) The speed of the system and its ability to keep heavier snow going. This is expected to be a long duration storm system with a storm track slowly moving eastward south of the coast. If the system’s slow track verifies and is able to wrap around good moisture and heavy precipitation, this could mean heavier snow amounts in interior southern New England depending on key factor 1 on the storm track.
3.) The storm intensity which will impact key factor 2 particularly if slow moving.
4.) The strength of the winds will hinge on key factors 2 and 3.

SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely to monitor this storm system with Ops at NWS Boston/Norton possible to likely over portions of this long duration storm event. Further details on the activation plan will be determined over the course of the day Saturday into early Sunday Morning. Another coordination message will be posted by 1000 AM Saturday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Watch statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snow and Ice maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Watch Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Boston/Norton Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Wind Coordination Message #2 – Thanksgiving Day 11/28/19 Strong Wind Potential

Hello to all…

..Happy Thanksgiving to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators..
..Thanksgiving will feature cooling conditions with strong winds across much of the NWS Boston/Norton Coverage area. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 200 AM Friday for Eastern Essex, Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable Counties and Nantucket Island for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 45-50 MPH. Outside of this area, wind gusts around 40 MPH with slightly higher gusts possible and trends will be monitored for any wind advisory expansion. These winds could cause an isolated pocket or two of tree and wire damage and an isolated power outage..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong winds across the region for Thanksgiving Day. This will be the only coordination message posted on these winds unless an expansion to the wind advisory occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Wind Coordination Message #1 – Thanksgiving Day – Thursday 11/28/19 Strong Wind Potential

Hello to all…

..Happy Thanksgiving to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators..
..Thanksgiving will feature cooling conditions with the potential for strong winds across much of the NWS Boston/Norton Coverage area. At this time, winds are expected to be below Wind Advisory criteria but wind gusts around 40 MPH with slightly higher gusts are likely and trends will be monitored for a wind advisory. These winds could cause an isolated pocket or two of tree and wire damage and an isolated power outage..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong winds across the region for Thanksgiving Day. This will be the only coordination message posted on these winds unless a wind advisory is issued and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Special Announcement: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2019 Friday Evening 12/6/19 at 7 PM Through Saturday 12/7/19 at 7 PM

Hello to all..

**We hope all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators have a very Happy Thanksgiving. On behalf of the NWS Boston/Norton forecasters and the entire WX1BOX Amateur Radio Team, we are fortunate to have such a strong and vibrant program with the support of all of you in the field and we appreciate another tremendous of year of service in weather spotting for the community. Thanks for all you do for us and the community!**
**Below is the annual Special Announcement on SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019.**

The following is a special announcement on SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019. This announcement will be updated either Thursday Evening 12/5/19 or Friday Morning 12/6/19. Announcement text is listed below:

The National Weather Service in Boston/Norton Amateur Radio Station, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019. In addition, for the thirteenth straight year, the National Weather Service Gray, Maine Office will also be active under call-sign, WX1GYX. The Boston Amateur Radio Club will also be active as they have been over the past several years at the Blue Hill Observatory under call-sign WX1BHO from 9 AM-3 PM Saturday December 7th, 2019.

This will be the 20th year of SKYWARN Recognition Day and its anticipated that 80-100 NWS Forecast Offices will be participating once again this year. A Web link to information on SKYWARN Recognition Day can be seen at the following link:

http://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

WX1BOX will be monitoring the *NEW-ENG3* conference node 9123/IRLP 9123 system throughout the SRD event from 7 PM-12 AM Friday Evening 12/6/19 and from 7 AM-7 PM Saturday 12/7/19. Our HF station will be active on the various HF bands during the same time period. What bands/modes we operate on will be dependent on propagation and operator availability. We will attempt to announce the different HF frequencies will be on via our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as on the DX Spotter/cluster system dxsummit.fi for people that wish to contact us on HF.

WX1BOX will also be on DMR. Timeframes and location on DMR still have not been determined but will be posted on our WX1BOX social media feeds if determined.

The following is a schedule of repeaters that will be utilized along with simplex being utilized during certain timeframes on Friday Evening 7 PM-12 AM and Saturday 7 AM-7 PM at WX1BOX. We hope Amateurs will utilize this schedule and try and work WX1BOX during these various timeframes. If you don’t hear NWS, feel free to call for WX1BOX and if the office is monitoring, a response will be given. When you make contact, give your current sky condition and temperature as required. Below is the tentative schedule of operations:

Friday December 6th, 2019:
7:00-7:30 PM: 146.970-Paxton Repeater (PL: 114.8 Hz)
7:30-8:00 PM: 147.180-Bridgewater Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
8:00-8:30 PM: 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
8:30-9:00 PM: 146.955-Westford Repeater (PL: 74.4 Hz)
9:00-9:30 PM: 146.790-Vernon, CT Repeater (PL: 82.5 Hz) (linked via IRLP.)
9:30-10:00 PM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz) (likely linked via Echolink)
10:00-10:30 PM: 146.760-Scituate, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
10:30-11:00 PM: 145.470-Danvers, MA Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)
11:00-11:30 PM: 146.955-Barnstable, MA Repeater PL: 88.5 or 147.375-Falmouth Repeater PL: 110.9
11:30 PM-12:00 AM: 146.640-Waltham Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)

**Will Attempt to monitor both the New England Network and the *WX-TALK*/IRLP Reflector 9219 systems during this entire timeframe.
**It is possible we may switch off to different repeaters or simplex during time slots if we run out of contacts.

Saturday December 7th, 2019:
7:00-8:30 AM: 146.595 Simplex
8:30-9:00 AM: Litchfield County Linked System via KB1AEV repeater system
9:00-9:30 AM: 145.230-Boston Repeater (PL: 88.5 Hz)
9:30-10:00 AM: 146.640-Waltham Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
10:00-11:00 AM: NWS Boston/Norton will participate in the Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net
11:00-11:30 AM: 146.895-Walpole Repeater (PL: 123.0 Hz)
11:30-12:00 PM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz)
12:00-12:30 PM: 145.470-Danvers Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)
12:30-100 PM: 146.790-Vernon, CT Repeater (Linked via IRLP.)
1:00-1:30 PM: 146.595 Simplex
1:30-2:00 PM: 145.37-Gardner/145.45-Fitchburg/147.39 Repeaters via IRLP 9122
2:00-2:30 PM: 146.685-Plymouth Repeater (PL: 82.5 Hz)
2:30-3:00 PM: 145.170-Cumberland, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz) Part of the KA1RCI Network
3:00-3:30 PM: 146.955-Barnstable (PL: 88.5 Hz) or 147.375-Falmouth Repeater (PL: 110.9 Hz)
3:30-4:00 PM: 146.955-Westford Repeater (PL: 74.4 Hz)
4:00-4:30 PM: 146.970-Paxton Repeater (PL: 114.8 Hz)
4:30-5:00 PM: 145.170-Cumberland, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz) Part of the KA1RCI Network
5:00-5:30 PM: 146.760-Scituate, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
5:30-6:00 PM: 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
6:00-6:30 PM: 147.180-Bridgewater Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
6:30-7:00 PM: 147.225-Whitman Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)

**Will Attempt to monitor both the New England Network and the *WX-TALK*/IRLP Reflector 9219 systems during this entire timeframe.
**It is possible we may switch off to different repeaters or simplex during time slots if we run out of contacts.

For this year, we will not actively rove 6m repeaters. We may check-in periodically on the 53.31-Mount Wachusett Repeater and the 53.17 Portsmouth, RI KA1RCI Repeater systems.

The following is information on EchoLink/IRLP operations during SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system. Further updates to follow as we get closer to the event. See the list of NWS offices below:

Time in UTC NWS Office Call-Sign
0000-0100: N0NWS
0100-0200: WX1GYX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0200-0300: WX7SLC (New NWS office for this year)
0300-0400: WX9GRB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0400-0500: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0500-0600: WX9LOT (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0700-0800: WX8APX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0800-0900: WX8APX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0900-1000: WX7SLC (New NWS office for this year)
1000-1100: WX4HUN (New time slot for this year)
1100-1200: WX7SLC (New NWS office for this year)
1200-1300: W7NWS
1300-1400: Open
1400-1500: WX1AW
1500-1600: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1600-1700: WX4NC (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1700-1800: Open
1800-1900: WX6LOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1900-2000: K0MPX
2000-2100: Open (Relinquished by WX4MLB for 2019 due to no participation in SRD due to NWS office/radar major upgrade work)
2100-2300: WX4NHC (confirmed Time slot from last year)
2300-2400: WX6NWS

There will be other conference systems utilized for SKYWARN Recognition Day. They are as follows:

The New England Reflector Gateway System will be utilized by the NWS Boston/Norton, Mass. and NWS Gray, Maine offices from 0000-0500 UTC and 1200-2400 UTC. The New England Gateway system is on EchoLink Conference server *NEW-ENG3* Node: 9123, IRLP reflector 9123. If other NWS offices would like to join the system, they are welcome to do so and participants in SKYWARN Recognition Day can also use that system to make contact with various NWS offices. This is a great place to move off the *WX_TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system after your scheduled time if other Amateurs or NWS offices whish to make contact with you.

Also, the Western Reflector will be having NWS offices calling CQ as in past years and have multiple reflector channels and Echolink conferences available. There is reflector 9250/Echolink Conference *HI-GATE* node: 357564, IRLP 9251 and the *WORLD* Echolink Conference node: 479886, IRLP 9257/*DCF-ARC* Echolink Conference node: 336037 and IRLP 9258/EchoLink Conference *NV-GATE* Node: 152566 open for NWS offices. Please contact Kent-W7AOR for additional information on the Western Reflector.

A few technical reminders for folks interested in making contacts with the NWS Forecast Offices on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 and New England Reflector Gateway IRLP 9123/*NEW-ENG3* Echolink Node: 9123 systems:

-The system allows both EchoLink and IRLP connections. For EchoLink users, you connect to the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203 conference system. For IRLP users, you would connect to IRLP reflector 9219.

-If you are using EchoLink, the RF node or PC that you’re using must have EchoLink conferencing disabled. If it is not disabled, the system will automatically kick the node or PC off of the system. The reason this occurs is to prevent unintentional interference from a conferencing station that may not know the node is connected somewhere else. This will keep traffic moving on the net and reduce interference considerably.

For more information on VoIP Technical Configuration Tips, please go to our web site at http://www.voipwx.net where we have a link to that information on the main menu of the web site. This announcement will also be on the web site.

We are looking forward to another fun SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 system, New England Reflector Gateway system and Western Reflector system. Thanks to all for their support!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Sunday 11/24/19 Coastal Storm Potential

Hello to all…

..Coastal storm system bringing a cold soaking rain of 0.50″-1.5″ with isolated higher amounts to most locations with some light snow and ice at the start and possibly some mix to snow and ice towards the end of the storm across North-Central and Northwest Massachusetts and the East Slopes of the Berkshires. Strong winds will occur as the storm continues to deepen and departs the region across East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect from 5 PM Sunday Afternoon to 4 AM Monday Morning for Eastern Essex, Eastern Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 45-50 MPH. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..Northwest and North-Central portions of Massachusetts will be monitored for any snow and ice accumulation that could occur on the back-end of the storm. At this time, accumulations of around 1″ or less are expected but there is a low chance of higher amounts if cooling occurs with heavier precipitation as the storm departs the region particularly in the higher elevations..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor storm conditions today and tonight. This will be the only coordination message on this storm system unless a significant upgrade occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Monday 11/18/19 Coastal Storm Potential

Hello to all…

..Coastal storm will bring a period of icing to portions of the interior, periods of rain with rainfall amounts of 0.50-1.5″ with isolated higher amounts possible, strong winds along the immediate coast and a period of minor coastal flooding at the time of the Monday Afternoon high tide..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 12 PM Monday for Eastern Franklin and Northern Worcester Counties of Massachusetts for a light glaze of icing. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 AM Tuesday Morning for Western Franklin and Western Hampshire Counties of Massachusetts for a light glaze to a few hundredths of an inch of ice and a coating to an inch of snow ..
..A Wind Advisory remains in effect through 5 PM Monday Evening for Cape Cod and the Islands except Block Island RI where the advisory is in effect until 2 PM Monday Afternoon for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Areas just outside of the Wind Advisory in Southeast Coastal New England may gust to around 40 MPH today. The winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages. The lack of leaves on the trees should reduce the impact of these winds..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 2-5 PM Monday Afternoon for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable Counties and Nantucket Island for minor coastal flooding of most vulnerable shore roads at the time of high tide Monday..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the various facets of this storm early Monday Morning through Monday Evening..

A coastal storm will track close enough to Southern New England to bring some light icing to some interior locations, a period of rainfall to much of Southern New England, strong winds at the coast and minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide along East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. The headlines depict the latest thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Wind should gust to Wind Advisory levels across Cape Cod and the Islands with wind gusts around 40 MPH possible along southeast coastal New England.
2.) Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect for the Northern and Western parts of Massachusetts for light icing. Along the east slopes of the Berkshires this could extend into early Tuesday Morning. Winter Weather Advisories for other parts of the area north and west of Boston to Providence expired at 9 AM ET.
3.) Minor coastal flooding along the most vulnerable shore road areas is possible and will bear watching during the Monday Afternoon high tide cycle.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the various facets of this storm early Monday Morning through Monday Evening. This will be the last message on this storm event unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory statement, Wind Advisory statement, Coastal Flood Advisory statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Coastal Flood Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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