UPDATE: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2013 Friday Evening December 6th at 7 PM Through Saturday December 7th at 7 PM

Hello to all..

The following is a special announcement on SKYWARN Recognition Day. This announcement also appears on the WX1BOX home page via the following link:

http://www.wx1box.org/node/3374

Announcement text is listed below:

The National Weather Service in Taunton Amateur Radio Station, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2013. In addition, for the seventh 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 NWS Blue Hill Observatory under call-sign W1BOS from 9 AM-3 PM Saturday December 7th, 2013.

This will be the 15th year of SKYWARN Recognition Day and its anticipated that over 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://hamradio.noaa.gov

The following is a schedule of repeaters that will be utilized along with simplex being utilized during certain timeframes on Saturday 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, 2013:
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:    146.79-Vernon, CT Repeater (PL: 82.5 Hz) (linked via IRLP.)
9:30-10:00 PM:   147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz)
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

**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, 2013:
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
10:00-11:00 AM: NWS Taunton 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 PM-100 PM:  146.79-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:   145.130-Gloucester Repeater (PL: 107.2 Hz)
3:00-3:30 PM:   146.955-Barnstable (PL: 88.5) or 147.375-Falmouth Repeater (PL: 110.9)
3:30-4:00 PM:   146.955-Westford Repeater (PL: 74.4)
4:00-4:30 PM:   146.970-Paxton Repeater (PL: 114.8)
4:30-5:00 PM:   147.165-Exeter, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0)
5:00-5:30 PM:   146.760-Scituate, RI (PL: 67.0)
5:30-6:00 PM:   147.000-Fairhaven Repeater (PL: 67.0)
6:00-6:30 PM:   147.180-Bridgewater Repeater (PL: 67.0)
6:30-7:00 PM:   449.375-Pack Monadnock, NH Repeater (PL: 88.5 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.

There have been questions on whether we will utilize HF during SKYWARN Recognition Day. We will be utilizing HF. It is hard to know what bands and frequencies will be utilizing as it will depend on propagation and the amount of stations that we are working on various HF bands as well as operator availability at WX1BOX. A rough guideline is that we will likely be on 40 or 75 Meters during Friday Evening and on 20 Meters during much of the daytime hours Saturday switching to 40 or 75 meters towards evening. We will be sending out Tweets and Facebook status updates on what frequencies will be operating on via HF.

We will also be utilizing 6-Meters FM for the first time during SRD since we now have that functionality in working order at NWS Taunton. The setup is a Vertical Antenna through an Icom IC-706 Radio. The following repeaters and simplex will be utilized during SRD on 6-Meters. This schedule may change as we get closer to the SRD event and 6-Meter use during SRD may expand depending on operator availability etc.

1230-1245 PM: 53.31-Mt Wachusett, MA
1245-100 PM:  53.07-Hopkinton MA
100-115 PM:   51.74-Hopkinton, MA
115-130 PM:   53.01-Barnstable, MA
115-130 PM:   53.17-Portsmouth, RI (KA1RCI)
130-145 PM:   53.27-Framingham, MA
145-200 PM:   53.81-Marlborough, MA
200-215 PM:   53.830-Fitchburg, MA
215-230 PM:   52.525-Simplex

The following is information EchoLink/IRLP operations during SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference node: 7203/IRLP 9212 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: WX0GLD (Confirmed Time slot for This year)
0100-0200: WX1GYX (Confirmed Time slot for this year)
0200-0300: WX4MLB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0300-0400: W0ABR  (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0400-0500: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0500-0600: WX9GRB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0700-0800: WX7RNO (New NWS office for 2013)
0800-0900: KL7FWX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0900-1000: KL7FWX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1000-1100: KL7FWX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1100-1200: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1200-1300: W7NWS  (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1300-1400: KL7FWX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1400-1500: WX7SLC (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1500-1530: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1530-1600: N0F    (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1600-1700: WX4NC  (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1700-1800: N0NWS  (Moved from 0700-0800 UTC time slot in past years)
1800-1900: WX6MTR (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1900-2000: K0MPX  (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2000-2100: WX4MLB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2100-2300: WX4NHC (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2300-2400: WX6NWS (Confirmed time slot for this year)

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 Taunton, 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-ENG* 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-ENG* 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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Post Storm Coordination Message for 11/26/13-11/27/13 Coastal Storm – Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to all!

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..A very Happy Thanksgiving to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators. For those with Jewish beliefs, a Happy Hanukkah to all of you as well. The Amateur Radio Coordinator team at WX1BOX and the NWS Taunton forecaster is very appreciative of the efforts of everyone during this coastal storm and all forms of severe weather each year. Below are links to the latest NWS Taunton Local Storm Report, Public Information Statement and Storm Report Log from this past Coastal storm. Again, Happy Thanksgiving to all Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters and where appropriate, Happy Hanukkah for those with Jewish beliefs..

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/lsr_11_27_13.txt

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_11_27_13.txt

WX1BOX Storm Report Log:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/storm_reports_11_27_13.txt

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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Storm Coordination Message #3 – Late Tuesday Night 11/26/13-Wednesday 11/27/13 Strong Coastal Storm Event

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..Strong Coastal Storm Continues to Be On Track to Impact Southern New England and much of the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard this Wednesday on the busiest travel day of the year. Those traveling on Wednesday should prepare ahead for potential delays due to the weather along with high traffic volume..
..A Flood Watch is now in effect for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area except for Cape Cod and the Islands from 1 AM Wednesday through Wednesday Afternoon for widespread 1.5-3″ of rainfall with isolated higher amounts of 4″ possible..
..A High Wind Warning is now in effect from 4 AM to 1 PM Wednesday for Rhode Island, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. A Wind Advisory is in effect from Midnight Tonight through 1 PM Wednesday for Northern Connecticut, Central Middlesex, Essex, Eastern Hampden and Southern Worcester Counties for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. A Wind Advisory is also in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands from Midnight Tonight through 7 PM Wednesday for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 55 MPH. These winds are likely to cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence between 4-5 AM EST for this strong coastal storm..

A strong coastal storm continues to be on track to impact Southern New England. Since the last coordination message, computer weather models indicate a greater risk for stronger winds reaching the surface in portions of Southern New England as well as for heavy rainfall. There will also be a brief wintry mix over Northwest and North-Central Massachusetts and Southwest New Hampshire.

A Special Weather Statement has been issued concerning the wintry mix which may cause a coating of snow and ice and slippery road conditions until precipitation changes over to rain between 12-3 AM. Also, a Flood Watch is now in effect for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area for widespread 1.5-3″ of rain with isolated higher amounts of 4″ possible as well. This heavy rainfall has the potential to cause poor drainage and urban flooding as well as small river and stream flooding. Larger main stem rivers will have sharp within bank rises but are not expected to flood.

Portions of the Wind Advisory area have now been upgraded to High Wind Warnings as well with Wind Advisories expanded further west across Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. A High Wind Warning is now in effect from 4 AM to 1 PM Wednesday for Rhode Island, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. A Wind Advisory is in effect from Midnight Tonight through 1 PM Wednesday for Northern Connecticut, Central Middlesex, Essex, Eastern Hampden and Southern Worcester Counties for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. A Wind Advisory is also in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands from Midnight Tonight through 7 PM Wednesday for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 55 MPH. These winds are likely to cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages.

Anyone traveling on Wednesday should plan for the adverse weather conditions in addition to heavy road traffic. This may cause longer commute times and other air and sea travel may be impacted by the adverse weather as well. Call ahead if your are traveling by boat and/or air Wednesday. If you are traveling outside of Southern New England and Eastern New York into Northern and Western New York and Northern New England, wintry mixed precipitation will last longer with several inches of snow accumulation. Towards the ski areas of Northern New England/Northeast New York and Northern Maine, amounts greater than 6″ of snow and ice are likely. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for portions of these regions.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence between 4-5 AM EST for this strong coastal storm.  This will be the last coordination message on this storm system impacts through Wednesday Evening. If strong winds and any light wintry mixed precipitation as the system moves out of the area have the potential to cause issues, another coordination message will be issued on those impacts late Wednesday Afternoon or Wednesday Evening. Below is the NWS Taunton High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement, Flood Watch Statement, Special Weather Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html

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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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Late Tuesday Night 11/26/13-Wednesday 11/27/13 Strong Coastal Storm Event

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..Strong Coastal Storm On Track Impact Southern New England and much of the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard this Wednesday on the busiest travel day of the year. Those traveling on Wednesday should prepare ahead for potential delays due to the weather along with high traffic volume..
..In Southern New England, the impacts will be largely from Heavy Rainfall with urban and poor drainage flooding from 1.5-3″ of rainfall with isolated rainfall amounts of up 4 inches after a very brief period of snow or freezing rain at the start in far northwest areas as well as the potential for strong to damaging winds. South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island may see minor splashover at the time of high tide Wednesday Afternoon..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from Midnight tonight through Midnight Wednesday Night for Windham County CT, Rhode Island and all of Eastern Massachusetts except for extreme Northern Middlesex County for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts of 50-55 MPH. These winds will have the potential to cause pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. Higher Winds may be possible depending on how much of the stronger winds can reach the surface. Higher terrain locations west of the Wind Advisory may also see strong winds as well and this will be monitored as we get closer to the storm event..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely starting early Wednesday Morning into Wednesday Afternoon. Another coordination message will follow by 10 PM Tuesday Evening. Below is the NWS Taunton High Wind Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

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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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Late Tuesday Night 11/26/13-Wednesday 11/27/13 Strong Coastal Storm Event

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..Strong Coastal Storm Will Impact Southern New England and much of the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard this Wednesday on the busiest travel day of the year. Those traveling on Wednesday should prepare ahead for potential delays due to the weather along with high traffic volume. In Southern New England, the impacts will be largely from Heavy Rainfall with urban and poor drainage flooding from a widespread 1.5-3″ of rainfall with isolated higher amounts of up to 4″ after a very brief period of snow or freezing rain at the start in far northwest areas as well as the potential for strong to damaging winds. South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island may see minor splashover at the time of high tide Wednesday Afternoon. Astronomical high tide for Wednesday is low precluding a more significant threat for coastal flooding at present..
..A High Wind Watch is now in effect from late Tuesday Night to Wednesday Afternoon for Tolland and Windham Counties of Connecticut, all of Rhode Island and Central and Eastern Massachusetts for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts of 55-60 MPH. These winds will have the potential to cause pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. Higher terrain locations west of the High Wind Watch may also see strong winds as well and this will be monitored as we get closer to the storm event..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely starting early Wednesday Morning into Wednesday Afternoon. Another coordination message will follow by 10 AM Tuesday. Below is the NWS Taunton High Wind Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton High Wind Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

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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Wind Coordination Message #2 – Sunday 11/24/13-Early Monday Morning 11/25/13 Wind Event

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..Bitterly Cold Air for the month of November and Strong Winds Will Impact Southern New England Sunday into early Monday Morning with a few snow showers overnight into this morning causing a dusting of snow in parts of North-Central interior Massachusetts and with a period of ocean effect snow over Outer Cape Cod..
..A Wind Advisory remains in effect through 1 AM Monday Morning for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area for Sustained Winds 25-35 MPH with gusts to 45-50 MPH with isolated higher wind gusts possible. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. Also, the dry conditions and strong winds will pose an increased fire weather risk despite the very cold temperatures that can deter fire weather conditions. Red Flag Warnings have been posted for Rhode Island and Northern Connecticut with an elevated Fire Weather Risk statement posted for portions of Massachusetts..
..Looking ahead, a coastal storm system is looking more likely to impact Southern New England on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving which is the busiest travel day of the year. Latest model runs are starting to converge that the storm will impact Southern New England. It is looking like the storm situation will be one that is mostly rain for Southern New England though higher terrain locations in the north and west may see snow or a wintry mix before a changeover to rain. It is still a bit early to discuss impacts from this storm more specifically. As we get closer to Wednesday, future model runs should give us a better determination on potential conditions for Wednesday and coordination messages will be initiated as required for this storm event..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong winds throughout the day Sunday. Ops at NWS Taunton are unlikely at this time but will continue to be monitored. This will be the last coordination message on the strong winds for today unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement, Red Flag Warning Statement, Special Weather Statement for Elevated Fire Weather Risk and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Red Flag Warning Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1311240834.wwus81.html

NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement – Elevated Fire Weather Risk:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1311240836.wwus81.html

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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Wind Coordination Message #1 – Sunday 11/24/13-Early Monday Morning 11/25/13 Wind Event

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..Bitterly Cold Air for the month of November and Strong Winds Will Impact Southern New England Sunday into early Monday Morning after a few snow showers overnight Saturday Night..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 7 AM Sunday Morning through 1 AM Monday Morning for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area for Sustained Winds 25-35 MPH with gusts to 45-50 MPH with isolated higher wind gusts possible. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. Also, the dry conditions and strong winds will pose an increased fire weather risk despite the very cold temperatures that can deter fire weather conditions. Fire Weather Watches have been posted for Rhode Island and Northern Connecticut with an elevated Fire Weather Risk statement posted for portions of Massachusetts..
..Looking ahead, a coastal storm system may impact Southern New England on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving which is the busiest travel day of the year. It is far too early to speculate on precipitation type and impacts as solutions range from well offshore to an inside runner bring mostly rain to the region. As we get closer to Wednesday, future model runs should give us a better determination on potential conditions for Wednesday and coordination messages will be initiated as required for this storm event..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong winds throughout the day Sunday. Ops at NWS Taunton are unlikely at this time but will be monitored. Another coordination message will be posted Sunday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement, Fire Weather Watch Statement, Special Weather Statement for Elevated Fire Weather Risk and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Fire Weather Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1311232148.wwus81.html

NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement – Elevated Fire Weather Risk:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1311232150.wwus81.html

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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Severe Weather/Storm Coordination Message #2 – Monday November 18th, 2013 Potential Severe Weather/High Wind Event

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..The Cold Front responsible for a major severe weather outbreak in the Midwest United States will move into New York and New England overnight through Monday Morning and the potential exists for a period of strong to possibly damaging winds along and ahead of a cold front early Monday Morning after 3 AM. Isolated to scattered localized pockets of wind damage are possible as the cold front moves through in a fine line of convective showers and possible thunderstorms..
..The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has continued a Slight Risk for Severe Weather across Southwest New Hampshire, Western and Central Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island and upgraded to a Slight risk for severe weather through midday Monday for the rest of Southern New England. Again, the severe weather mode would be a fine line of convective showers and/or thunderstorms that could bring stronger winds down to the surface..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 400 AM EST Monday to monitor the convective fine line moving across the region..

A major severe weather outbreak is ongoing over portions of the Ohio Valley, Midwest and Great Lakes region with widespread pockets of straightline wind damage and several large tornadoes and other smaller tornadoes over the region. This activity is now making its way into the Northeast United States this evening through early Monday Afternoon. The potential for strong winds ahead of the cold front and the potential for strong to possibly damaging winds in isolated to scattered pockets with a squall line or fine line of convective showers and/or thunderstorms with the actual cold front itself continues. Brief heavy downpours are possible as well. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has continued a Slight Risk for Severe Weather across Southwest New Hampshire, Western and Central Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island and upgraded to a Slight risk for severe weather through midday Monday for the rest of Southern New England. Despite the overnight into morning timing of the cold front and the unusual time of year for a threat of convective showers and/or thunderstorms, there will be the potential for isolated to scattered localized pockets of tree and wire damage as the front moves through overnight through midday Monday.

Given the Slight Risk for Severe Weather for our region tonight through midday Monday, SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 400 AM EST to monitor the convective fine line moving across the region. This will be the last coordination message on this threat. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and 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/Storm Coordination Message #1 – Monday November 18th, 2013 Potential Severe Weather/High Wind Event

Hello to all..

..The potential exists for a period of strong to possibly damaging winds along and ahead of a cold front late Sunday Night through Monday Morning. The extent of the threat is still being evaluated..
..The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed portions of Southwest New Hampshire, Western and Central Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island in a Slight Risk for severe weather through 7 AM Monday Morning and a 5% risk for severe weather through early afternoon Monday for the rest of Southern New England. The severe weather mode would be a fine line of convective showers and/or thunderstorms that could bring stronger winds down to the surface..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the situation overnight through early Monday Afternoon. Ops at NWS Taunton may also be required for some portion of this period..

A major severe weather outbreak is expected today over portions of the Ohio Valley, Midwest and Great Lakes region starting late this morning and lasting through evening and into Monday. This activity will make its way into the Northeast United States overnight Sunday through early Monday Afternoon. The extent of the threat is still being evaluated but there is the potential for strong winds ahead of the cold front and the potential for strong to possibly damaging winds with a squall line or fine line of convective showers and/or thunderstorms with the actual cold front itself. Brief heavy downpours are possible as well. SPC has places portions of Southwest New Hampshire, Western and Central Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island in a Slight Risk for severe weather through 7 AM Monday Morning and a 5% risk for severe weather through early afternoon Monday for the rest of Southern New England. Given the overnight into morning timing of the cold front, the unusual time of year for a threat of convective showers and/or thunderstorms and the uncertainty of how much of the strong winds aloft will reach the surface even in any convection, the confidence level on the event is lower than normal but there will be the potential for isolated pockets of tree and wire damage as the front moves through overnight through early afternoon Monday and this will bear close monitoring.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the situation overnight through early Monday Afternoon. Ops at NWS Taunton may also be required for some portion of this period. Another coordination message will be posted by 10 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and 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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Snow Squall Coordination Message #1 – Tuesday November 12th, 2013 Potential Snow Squall Event

Hello to all..

..Rain Showers will mix with and change to heavy snow squalls over the Tuesday Morning Commute and could cause a quick Dusting to 1 inch of snow with isolated amounts possibly as high as 2 inches of snow on grassy surfaces. A few snow/icy spots could occur on paved surfaces despite warm ground temperatures if the snow falls heavy enough. This along with reduced visibilities in snow squalls and this being the first snow event during a high travel commute time of the new season could create some issues over the course of the Tuesday Morning commute. The event will be short lived and should be over by late morning followed by colder air for the next couple of days..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for precipitation type changeover and any snow accumulation information in any snow squalls over the course of Tuesday Morning. This will likely be the only coordination message for this event. Below is the NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html

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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