Special Announcement: Remembering the Great Hurricane of 1938

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Saturday September 21st, 2013 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Great Hurricane of 1938. The National Weather Service in Taunton has put together a web page on the Great Hurricane of 1938. It can be seen on the following link:

http://www.weather.gov/box/1938hurricane

The link has a plethora of information from meteorological data to storm maps, photos of damage, media stories, commemorative events and much more. The Great Hurricane of 1938 is a benchmark that New England hurricanes are measured and remains one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to have ever hit New England and is historical nationally for the damage caused to our region. Please take time to check out this page as a reminder of what can happen and that despite the strong impacts of tropical systems to our region over the past 2 years, that even stronger impacts can occur such as what occurred 75 years ago on September 21st with the Great Hurricane of 1938.

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Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Thursday 9/12/13-Friday 9/13/13 Severe Weather Potential

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..Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms possible to likely late Thursday Afternoon and Evening extending into Friday Morning across much of Southern New England. Strong to Damaging Winds, hail and urban/poor drainage flooding are the primary threats..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton likely late Thursday Afternoon into early Friday Morning..

Yesterday brought Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms to portions of Western Massachusetts and Southwest New Hampshire with the bulk of heavier activity back into Eastern New York, Vermont, North-Central New Hampshire and Maine as while conditions were unstable in the region, most of the triggering mechanisms stayed north and west of our region. Below is the Local Storm Report from yesterday’s severe weather event:

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1309120259.nwus51.html

For later Thursday Afternoon into Friday Morning, a strong cold front will bring an end to the short duration of heat over the region. Temperatures today will mostly be in the 80s with possibly a few areas touching 90 degrees. Conditions won’t be quite as unstable as yesterday but instability parameters will still be sufficient coupled with strong wind shear values and a focus for convection between the cold front and pre-frontal trough to set the stage for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms with strong to damaging winds, hail and urban/poor drainage flooding as the primary threats. The extent of the severe weather threat will be determined by the timing of the cold front and the amount of instability available as the cold front moves through the region. There is the possibility the cold front will slow down as it moves across the area which may extend the threat for thunderstorms with urban and poor drainage flooding and possibly strong to damaging winds into Friday Morning for parts of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Portions of Western New England are in a Slight Risk for severe weather as noted by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely later this afternoon and tonight. 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 is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and 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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Wednesday 9/11/13-Friday Morning 9/13/13 Severe Weather Potential

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..Intense Heat and Humidity for the next two days will then lead to the potential for Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms later Wednesday Afternoon into Wednesday Night and again Thursday Afternoon into Friday Morning as a cold front approaches the region. Strong to damaging winds, hail and urban/poor drainage flooding are the main threats..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible this afternoon and tonight and again Thursday Afternoon and Evening..
..A Heat Advisory is in effect from Norfolk County Massachusetts northeastward through Northeast Massachusetts and Southeast Hillsborough County New Hampshire from 1 to 6 PM today..

After low clouds and fog burn off over the region, temperatures will rise quickly into the upper 80’s to lower-mid 90s across the region with high humidity’s setting up for very hot and humid weather today and lasting through Thursday. A Heat Advisory is in effect from Norfolk County Massachusetts northeastward through Northeast Massachusetts and Southeast Hillsborough County New Hampshire from 1-6 PM today.

As we get into later this afternoon and evening, the atmosphere will become strongly unstable with sufficient wind shear profiles for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms with strong to damaging winds, hail and urban/poor drainage flooding as the main threats but there is a lack of a well defined trigger to tap into the wind shear and unstable atmosphere. For later today and tonight, activity could be isolated or possibly stay north and west of Southern New England. This will be monitored throughout the day.

As we get into Thursday Afternoon into Friday Morning, a strong cold front will move into the region likely enhancing the threat for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms again with strong to damaging winds, hail and urban/poor drainage flooding as the main threats. The key item for this timeframe will be the timing of the cold front and any pre-frontal trough with the peak instability expected for the day. Temperatures will be warm and humid and likely be at least in the mid-upper 80s possibly into the lower 90s again. The cold front will be through the region Friday Morning bringing an end to the summer-like heat and bringing a dry autumn-like weather weekend.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible this Wednesday Afternoon and Evening and again Thursday Afternoon and Evening. This will be the only complete coordination message on Wednesday’s threat. A shortened coordination message will be issued as time allows and if Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Another coordination message on the severe weather potential for Thursday Afternoon into Friday Morning will be posted either late tonight or Thursday Morning. Below are the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook, Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day-1/Day-2 Outlooks and NWS Taunton Heat Advisory Statement:

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

NWS Taunton Heat Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.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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Severe Weather/Flash Flood Coordination Message #3 – Tuesday 9/3/13 Severe Weather/Flash Flood Potential

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..Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms possible to likely today across much of Southern New England. Strong to Damaging Winds, Hail and the potential for flash flooding are the main threats..
..The Timeframe appears to be as early midday today through early evening in locations along and east of the Connecticut River Valley as a strong cold front brings an end to the heat and humidity across the region..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely starting around Noon to 1 PM lasting through early evening..

Another significant flash flood episode affected portions of Southern New England Monday with the hardest hit area being parts of Rhode Island that were impacted significantly on Sunday. The Local Storm Report on flood information and spotter reports are listed below:

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1309022206.nwus51.html

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1309022206.nous41.html

At 850 AM, Satellite imagery shows considerable sunshine across much of interior Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Northern Connecticut with cloud cover in Eastern New York likely associated with the cold front. If heating for destabilization continues across the region with thunderstorm activity occurring along or ahead of the cloud cover in Eastern New York, sufficient wind shear profiles coupled with the unstable atmosphere will set the stage for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms across the area with the potential for strong to damaging winds, hail and the potential for flash flooding. Unlike the last couple of days, thunderstorms should be moving more quickly over the area so the flash flood threat will not be quite as high as past days but if areas that have been hard hit over the last couple days get hit with thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, they may flood more quickly because of the past rainfall.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely starting around Noon to 1 PM lasting through early evening. This will be the only complete coordination message on today’s threat. A shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows an Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.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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Flash Flood/Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Labor Day Severe Weather/Flash Flood Potential

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..Potential for Flash Flooding and Isolated To Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms with strong winds and hail over the course of Labor Day and into Tuesday. Exact timing and extent of the flash flood and severe weather potential remains uncertain but thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and flash flood potential are starting to organize over the area..
..A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect through this evening for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area except for Cape Cod and the Islands..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will start around 12 PM today lasting through early evening. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible on Tuesday and will be detailed in a later coordination message..

On Sunday, flash flooding affected portions of Southern New England particularly across Central Rhode Island and portions of Southeast Middlesex, Northern and Eastern Norfolk and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts. Isolated rainfall amounts of 2-5″ occurred resulting in numerous road closures and cars stuck in flood waters and several damaged homes and house fires due to lightning.

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1309012333.nwus51.html

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1309020219.nous41.html

At 1125 AM, Doppler Radar shows heavy rain showers and thunderstorms across North-Central Connecticut in portions of Hartford-Tolland County Connecticut. Additional Heavy showers and thunderstorms are occurring in parts of Central and Northeast New England. A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect through this evening for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage area. The main threat with thunderstorms today will be flash flooding but isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms could bring a strong wind and hail threat as well.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will start around 12 PM today lasting through early evening. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible on Tuesday and will be detailed in a later coordination message.

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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Flash Flood/Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Labor Day into Tuesday 9/3/13 Timeframe

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..Potential for Flash Flooding and Isolated To Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms with strong winds and hail over the course of Labor Day and into Tuesday. Exact timing and extent of the flash flood and severe weather potential is uncertain..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible to likely during portions of Labor Day and into Tuesday. SKYWARN Self-Activation may also be utilized given the uncertainty of the magnitude and timing of any flash flood and/or severe weather potential..

On Sunday, flash flooding affected portions of Southern New England particularly across Central Rhode Island and portions of Southeast Middlesex, Northern and Eastern Norfolk and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts. Isolated rainfall amounts of 2-5″ occurred resulting in numerous road closures and cars stuck in flood waters and several damaged homes and house fires due to lightning.

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1309012333.nwus51.html

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1309020219.nous41.html

Over the course of Labor Day and into Tuesday with the warm and humid air remaining in place, it will set the stage for the potential of additional isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorm development with strong winds, hail and flash flooding as potential threats. The timing of these thunderstorms are uncertain as well as magnitude. Some computer models push the threat more into Monday Night and Tuesday while other computer models have the threat over much of Monday and Tuesday across the region. This will make for difficulty in timing potential formal SKYWARN Activation and Ops at NWS Taunton and the utilization of SKYWARN Self-Activation to cover things as they unfold as what occurred on Sunday.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible to likely during portions of Labor Day and into Tuesday. SKYWARN Self-Activation may also be utilized given the uncertainty of the magnitude and timing of any flash flood and/or severe weather potential. Another coordination Message will be posted late Monday Morning or early Monday Afternoon depending on how storms evolve overnight and into Monday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:

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

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KWNS/1309011731.acus02.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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