Storm Coordination Message #1 – Saturday February 11th, 2012 Snowstorm event

Hello to all..

..Accumulating snow likely Saturday across much of Southern New England with the highest amounts over Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts except for Cape Cod and the Islands where a mix of snow and rain may hold down amounts there. Winter Weather Advisories are likely to be issued for portions of the area for Saturday. A closer storm track could bring higher snowfall totals to the region while a track further away from the region could mean lighter snowfall for the area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will likely be utilized for this storm event for snowfall reports. Strong winds could affect portions of the coast later Saturday and Saturday Night as a brief surge of arctic air moves into the region for Sunday. Another coordination message will be issued by 11 PM this evening with further details. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:

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:

Read more

SKYWARN Training Class in Bedford NH – Friday Evening 2/10/12 at 7 PM – Seats Still Available – Preregistration Required

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Taunton Massachusetts and the Granite State Amateur Radio Society (GSARS) will be sponsoring a severe weather spotter training session, part of its SKYWARN program, in Bedford, New Hampshire. The class will be on Friday February 10, 2012 from 7 PM to approximately 930 PM. It will be held at the Saint Elizabeth Church, 190 Meetinghouse Road, in Bedford NH.

The session is open to the public at no charge. Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to attend. Also, Emergency managers, police, fire, and other first responders are also encouraged to attend. Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.

The training session includes a two-hour thirty-minute computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for “severe” thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornados. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement and reporting of river, stream, and urban flooding and rainfall measurements. The session will also present the procedure for reporting weather information to the National Weather Service. Anyone attending should bring a pen or pencil and bringing a notebook is optional.

Pre-registration is required for this training session. Please contact, Ron Michaud, Amateur Radio Call-Sign, K1RHM, via email at to preregister.

Read more

1 2