Special Announcement: 14th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference – Saturday October 26h, 2013

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The following is an announcement regarding the 14th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference on Saturday October 26th, 2013.

Earlybird registration is now available through Sept. 12 for this year’s 14th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference.  The conference will be held on Saturday, October 26th at Meditech Corp. in Canton, MA (at base of Blue Hill), same place as last year.

The conference is sponsored by the not-for-profit Blue Hill Observatory Science Center. The conference will still cover many of the various weather events that have affected Southern New England recently, but there will be several talks on Superstorm Sandy. Other topics that will be covered include:

Signficant tornadoes in New England and New York since 1995
The 75th anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane

The highlight of the day will be a comparison of the Blizzard of 2013 to the Blizzard of 1978, presented by Harvey Leonard and Matt Noyes.

Registration Fees:

Please note that registration will be stopped after 230 registrants!

Early Bird Registration (Today – Sept 12):  $89
Student/Teacher Early and Regular Registration (Aug 1 – Oct 22): $89
Regular Registration (Sept 13 – Oct 22): $99
Late Registration (Oct 26 – at the conference site): $109 (on-line registration will not be available after Oct 22.)
Student/Teacher Late Registration (Oct 26): $99 (same rules as above)

Key Southern New England Weather Conference Links:

Conference website: http://www.sneweatherconf.org
Conference agenda/abstracts/biographies:  http://www.sneweatherconf.org/2013Agenda.shtml
Conference registration:  http://www.sneweatherconf.org/confregform.cfm

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)
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Special Announcement: 75th Anniversary of the Historic 1938 Hurricane Commemoration Sponsored by the Blue Hill Observatory Saturday September 21st, 2013

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The following is a special announcement on a commemorative event for the 75th Anniversary of the historic 1938 Hurricane sponsored by the Blue Hill Observatory. The announcement appears below:

Blue Hill Observatory is very proud to host New England’s commemorative event for the 75th Anniversary of the the historic 1938 Hurricane.

Featuring the Director of the National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini as keynote speaker, the luncheon and Hurricane Conference will dramatically recapture the events of that incredible day. Other presenters will include, Bob Thompson and Dave Vallee from the NWS office in Taunton MA, author Dr. William Minsinger and noted MIT Professor Dr. Kerry Emanuel. There will also be a video presentation by National Hurricane Director, Dr. Rick Knabb. The Conference will be held at Fuller Village in Milton MA on Saturday September 21st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This will be followed by a 75th Anniversary Event at the Eliot Tower at 3:30 p.m. and a private reception at Blue Hill Observatory from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Reservations are now being accepted at $45. (member/student/senior), $55 non-member for the luncheon and Conference and $25 ($30 non-member) for the reception at Blue Hill Observatory. The Anniversary Event at Eliot Tower is open to the public at no charge. To register and for more information, please contact Charles Orloff at 508-776-1879 or email corloff@bluehill.org. Payment may be made by check to Blue Hill Observatory sent to P.O. Box 187, Readville, MA 02137 or by credit card to Don McCasland at 617.696.0562. To pay by Paypal please go to our website- www.bluehill.org

CONTACTS:

Charles Orloff, Executive Director
corloff@bluehill.org
(508) 776-1879

Don McCasland, Program Director
dmccasland@bluehill.org
(617) 696-0562

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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Flash Flood/Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – August 13th, 2013 Flash Flood/Severe Weather Potential

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..Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and urban/poor drainage and small river/stream flooding potential are likely today region wide and Isolated Strong to Severe Thunderstorms with damaging winds are possible this afternoon and evening with the greatest threat for strong to severe thunderstorms across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts though all areas should monitor this potential..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible to likely starting around Midday Tuesday into Tuesday Evening..

At 720 AM, Doppler Radar indicated rain spreading into portions of Connecticut with heavier rain and embedded thunderstorms over portions of Eastern New York. This activity will spread across Southern New England today. The greatest threat from this activity is heavy rainfall leading to urban/poor drainage and small/river stream flooding across areas that receive the heaviest rainfall. Heavy rainfall will not likely be as widespread as Friday but localized areas could have flooding issues particularly in urban and poor drainage areas and on flashier rivers and streams that respond quickly to short duration heavy rainfall.

While extensive cloud cover will likely limit any severe weather potential due to the lack of sunshine limiting instability values, the humid conditions coupled with strong wind shear profiles may allow for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms by midday into this evening across portions of Southern New England particularly in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts though all areas should monitor. Damaging Winds are the primary threat though there is even the possibility of an isolated weak tornado if a thunderstorm can become intense enough due to the strong wind shear profiles aloft but the main threat would be strong to damaging straightline winds.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible to likely starting around Midday today lasting into Tuesday Evening. This will be the only complete coordination message on today’s threat. A shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows and Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Below are the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day-1 Convective Outlook:

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

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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Flash Flood/Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Friday 8/9/13 Severe Weather Potential

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..Heavy Rainfall and embedded thunderstorms likely across the region but particularly in Western New England today into tonight with the potential for flash flooding of urban/poor drainage areas and small river/streams. Isolated Strong to Severe Thunderstorms with strong to damaging winds is also possible across the region but particularly again in Western New England later this afternoon into early this evening..
..A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Southern New Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Northern Worcester, Northern and Central Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts from 8 AM through Friday Afternoon. The potential exists for rainfall of 1-3″ with isolated higher amounts of 4″ or more over portions of the Flash Flood Watch area..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 9 AM EDT to monitor for rainfall and flash flood reports and the isolated severe weather potential..

At 715 AM, Doppler Radar showed two areas of heavy rainfall, one over Northwest Massachusetts and Southern Vermont spreading into Southern New Hampshire. A second area of heavy rainfall extends into Southeast New York. These areas of heavy rain will have the potential to produce 1-3″ of rain with isolated amounts of 4″ or more across portions of Western New England. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 8 AM Friday Morning through Friday Afternoon for Southern New Hampshire and Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Northern Worcester and Northern and Central Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts. Heavy rainfall and embedded thunderstorms may also affect parts of the region east of the Flash Flood Watch area.

There is also the potential for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms across the region later this afternoon and evening with strong to damaging winds. The threat is region wide though the biggest threat for this activity is also in Western New England.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 9 AM EDT to monitor for rainfall and flash flood reports and the isolated severe weather potential. This will be the only coordination message issued on today’s weather. Below is the NWS Taunton Flash Flood Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day-1 Convective Outlook:

NWS Taunton Flash Flood Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Thursday 8/8/13-Friday 8/9/13 Severe Weather Potential

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..Thunderstorms with Heavy Rainfall and potential for urban and poor drainage flooding and the possibility of Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms with strong to damaging winds and hail are possible today across Southwest New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut in the afternoon and evening hours..
..A similar potential exists for Friday across interior Western New England..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible today and Friday..

At 630 AM, Doppler Radar showed an area of showers moving through Eastern Massachusetts and should be offshore later this morning. Another area of showers and thunderstorms extends over Central New York and into Central Pennsylvania. Cloud cover is fairly extensive over the region and should be that way for most of the day. Nevertheless, thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and the potential of urban and poor drainage flooding along with isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms with strong to damaging winds and hail are possible today across Southwest New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut as we get into the afternoon and evening hours. A similar potential exists for Friday and this is all ahead of a slow moving cold front that will push through the region later Friday Night into Saturday Morning.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible today and Friday. This will be the only complete coordination message on today’s threat. A shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows and Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Additional coordination messages for Friday will likely follow tonight and Friday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day-1 and Day-2 Convective Outlooks:

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Sunday August 4th, 2013 Potential Severe Weather Event

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..Isolated to Scattered Strong to possibly Severe Thunderstorms possible today across interior Southern New England. Strong to damaging winds, hail and urban/poor drainage flooding are the main threats starting in the west after 200 PM and in eastern areas after 4-5 PM. Most thunderstorms will be subsevere but can’t rule out an isolated severe thunderstorm based on current trends..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will be utilized to cover today’s storm threat. This will be the only coordination message on today’s threat unless an upgrade to the situation occurs and Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Below is the NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion describing today’s threat..

NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.html

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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