Special Announcement: National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop Sessions To Be Livestreamed – Tuesday March 31st, 2015

Hello to all..

The National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop sessions will be livestreamed on Tuesday March 31st, 2015. Links to the livestream are as follows:

http://www.voipwx.net/files/stream.htm
http://www.nsradio.org/stream.htm

The session schedule is listed on the links above and will be updated to reflect what is listed below:

Tuesday, March 31 — 13:30-15:00 CDT/14:30-16:00 EDT*
13:30 Opening Remarks (5 Minutes – Presented by Rob Macedo – KD1CY)
13:35 Importance of Amateur Radio / Spotter Surface Reports (25 Minutes – Presented by NHC Director Dr. Rick Knabb)
14:00 WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the NHC, Weather Initiatives & the Haiti Earthquake Mission Overview (40 Minutes – Presented by Rob Macedo – KD1CY)
14:40 Canadian Hurricane Centre Amateur Radio Operations (30 Minutes – Presented by Bob Robichaud-VE1MBR, Canadian Hurricane Centre)

—> NOTE:  Speakers will be on a break from around 15:10-15:30 CDT/16:10-16:30 EDT

Tuesday, March 31 — 15:30-17:00 CDT/16:30-18:00 EDT*
15:30 Brief Overview of the Hurricane Watch Net (30 Minutes – Presented by Bobby Graves – KB5HAV)
16:00 Brief Overview of the VoIP Hurricane Net (15 Minutes – Presented by Rob Macedo – KD1CY)
16:15 Hurricane Sandy:  A Mid-Atlantic & New England Perspective  (30 Minutes – Presented by Rob Macedo – KD1CY)
16:45 ARRL Update and Local SKYWARN Presentation Overview (15 Minutes – Presented by Lee Cooper – W5LHC)
—> NOTE:  Sessions end around 17:15 CDT/18:15 EDT

The presenters will also be doing an evening presentation for the Austin Amateur Radio Club beginning at 630 PM CDT/730 PM EDT. This may be videoed but unlikely to be livestreamed.

We hope folks can join the livestream Tuesday 3/31/15. If people cannot make the livestream, the presentations will be archived and information will be sent out once that occurs.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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 – Saturday 3/28/15 Light Snow Potential

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..A Light Snow Event for Much of Southern New England Saturday Morning into the afternoon with 1-3″ of snow with isolated higher amounts possible..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall reports over the course of the day Saturday. This will be the only coordination message unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Weather Graphics..

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

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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 – Saturday 3/14/15 Storm Potential

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..A period of icing expected overnight into Saturday Morning in portions of Southern New England..
..A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 2 AM-11 AM Saturday for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Rhode Island and Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Western Norfolk, Worcester, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties of Massachusetts for light icing causing hazardous road conditions. A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from 2-7 AM Saturday for Kent and Southeast Providence Counties of Rhode island and Eastern Norfolk, Northern Bristol and North-Central Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for light icing causing hazardous road conditions..
..Freezing rain will change to plain rain in the advisory area with plain rain outside of the advisory area. Rainfall amounts will be around 1″. This may cause nuisance flooding in any urban/poor drainage areas or if drainage areas are clogged by snow..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor storm conditions Saturday Morning into the afternoon. This will be the only coordination message unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Taunton Freezing Rain Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Weather Graphics..

NWS Taunton Freezing Rain Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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 – Wednesday Evening 3/4/15-Thursday Morning 3/5/15 Winter Storm Event

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..Another Winter Storm expected tonight into Thursday. This storm focused on South Coastal New England. Uncertainty level higher than normal for this particular event due to a sharp cutoff in the heavier versus lighter snow, timing the transition from rain to snow from north to south and just a small deviation of track of 30-50 miles can make a significant difference in snowfall amounts particularly along and south of the Mass Pike (higher snowfall if the track is a bit further north, lower snowfall if the track is a bit further south)..
..A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7 PM Wednesday Evening through 7 PM Thursday Evening for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands for 4-8″ of snow..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for South-Central Rhode Island and South Coastal Massachusetts for 2-5″ of snow from 7 PM Wednesday Evening to 7 PM Thursday Evening..
..Areas outside of the Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory area will see a dusting to 2″ of snow..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this winter storm event. This will likely be the only coordination message on this storm event unless a significant change to the situation occurs and time allows for an updated coordination message in that scenario. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Weather Graphics..

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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 – Tuesday PM 3/3/15-Wednesday AM 3/4/15 Winter Storm Event & Wednesday Eve 3/4/15-Thursday AM 3/5/15 Potential Winter Storm

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..Two more storm systems for this week as winter’s grip on Southern New England continues for the rest of this week..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 3 PM Tuesday Afternoon through 10 AM Wednesday Morning for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties for 3-5″ of snow and a trace to a tenth inch of ice..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 3 PM Tuesday Afternoon through 10 AM Wednesday Morning for Northern Connecticut, North-Central Rhode Island and the remainder of Western, Central and Eastern Massachusetts away from the south coast for 2-4 inches of snow and a trace to a tenth inch of ice..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 3 PM Tuesday Afternoon through 10 AM Wednesday Morning for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Cape Cod for 1-3″ of snow before a changeover to rain..
..Another winter storm will affect Southern New England particularly along and south of the Mass Pike Wednesday Night into Thursday. This could produce advisory to warning level snow south of the Mass Pike and a light snowfall north of the Mass Pike..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm system from this afternoon through Wednesday Morning as well as Wednesday Evening into Thursday Morning. This will likely be the only coordination message for the storm system for Tuesday Afternoon into Wednesday Morning. A Coordination Message for the Wednesday Evening to Thursday Morning system will likely be issued either later tonight or Wednesday Morning..

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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 – Late Sunday Afternoon 3/1/15 through Early Monday Morning 3/2/15 Winter Storm Potential

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..Another winter storm will affect Southern New England late Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning Bringing a Moderate Snowfall to the region..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 3 PM Sunday Afternoon through 7 AM Monday Morning for Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island except for Northwest Providence County Rhode Island for 4-8″ of snow. The snow has the potential to be heavy and wet potentially exacerbating roof snow loading issues..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Noon Sunday to 7 AM Monday for Barnstable County for 3-6″ of snow with the highest amounts near the Cape Cod Canal..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Noon Sunday to 7 AM Monday for Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut and Northwest Providence County Rhode Island for 3-6″ of snow..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Noon Sunday to 7 AM Monday for Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts and Block Island Rhode Island for 2-4″ of snow and light freezing rain causing a coating of ice..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for snowfall reports and possibly changeover in precipitation type along the islands..

Another winter storm in the endless series of winter storms for the 2014-2015 Winter Season will affect the region Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning. The headlines of this message depict the latest thinking on this winter storm with the biggest change being the issuance of Winter Storm Warnings for most of Rhode Island and Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and the expansion of Winter Weather Advisories which are replacing the Winter Storm Watch over Northern Connecticut, Northwest Rhode Island and through the Metro Boston area. It is noted there could be some mixed precipitation but that continues to be confined to the islands versus in the south coastal portion of Massachusetts an Rhode Island. Northern parts of the NWS Taunton coverage area are expected to see advisory level snowfall amounts slightly lower than the Winter Storm Watch area.

This winter storm followed by another winter storm later this week could exacerbate roof issues. It is a continuing imperative to clear roofs of prior snowfall. The following link provides Roof Collapse and Storm Drain Safety Information via the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/ready-massachusetts/roof-collapse-and-storm-dain-safety-information.html

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for snowfall reports and possibly changeover in precipitation type along the islands. This will likely be the last coordination message on this system. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, and Winter Weather Graphics:

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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 Sunday Afternoon 3/1/15 through Early Monday Morning 3/2/15 Winter Storm Potential

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..Another winter storm will affect Southern New England late Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning Bringing a Moderate Snowfall to the region..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Sunday Afternoon through Monday Morning for Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island and Hampden, Southern Worcester, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth ad Barnstable Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow.
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Noon Sunday to 7 AM Monday for Franklin, Hampshire, Northern Worcester, Middlesex, and Essex Counties for 4-6″ of snow..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Noon Sunday to 7 AM Monday for Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts and Block Island Rhode Island for 3-5″ of snow and light freezing rain causing a coating of ice..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for snowfall reports and possibly changeover in precipitation type along the islands..

Another winter storm in the endless series of winter storms for the 2014-2015 Winter Season will affect the region Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning. The headlines of this message depict the latest thinking on this winter storm with the biggest change being an expansion of the Winter Storm Watch through South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Cape Cod and Winter Weather Advisories posted surrounding the Winter Storm Watch area. It is noted there could be some mixed precipitation but that now appears to be confined to the islands versus in the south coastal portion of Massachusetts an Rhode Island. Northern parts of the NWS Taunton coverage area are expected to see advisory level snowfall amounts slightly lower than the Winter Storm Watch area.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for snowfall reports and possibly changeover in precipitation type along the islands. Another coordination message will be sent by 1100 AM Sunday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, and Winter Weather Graphics:

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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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