Special Announcement: NWS Taunton Hurricane Preparedness Week Public Info Statements and 2016 ARRL Hurricane Preparedness Webinar Recording

Hello to all…

The week of July 18th-July 22nd was the NWS Taunton Hurricane Preparedness Week and a few of Public Info Statements were issued during that week and are provided in this announcement via the link below. In addition, the Thursday July 21st, 2016 ARRL Hurricane Preparedness Webinar recording is also available and provided in the link below.

NWS Taunton Public Information Statements – Hurricane Preparedness Week:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_hurricane_preparedness_week_2016.txt

ARRL 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Webinar Recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJfG68YNus&feature=youtu.be

As we enter the more active timeframe of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we hope this information and webinar will be helpful for preparedness measures in the event a tropical system threatens Southern New England this season.

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/Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Friday 7/29/16 Severe Weather and Flash Flood Potential

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..Friday will feature convective showers and thunderstorms with the potential for heavy downpours and the potential for high rainfall rates in a short period of time resulting in flash flooding of urban and poor drainage areas if the high rainfall rates train over the same area and occur for a long enough period of time. In addition, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has continued a marginal risk for severe weather across Southeast Cpastal New England including Cape Cod and the Islands for strong winds. The low probability for a possible isolated weak tornado or waterspout now appears confined to the offshore waters..
..A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from Friday Morning through Friday Evening for South Coastal Connecticut, South Coastal Rhode Island and South Coastal Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands for widespread 1-2″ rainfall with a band or isolated rainfall amounts of 2″ or more in any areas where thunderstorms or convective showers with heavy rainfall train over the same area. The Flash Flood Watch for Northern and Central Connecticut, North-Central Rhode Island and interior Southeast Massachusetts has been cancelled as computer models have shifted the heaviest rain further south over South Coastal Connecticut, South Coastal Rhode Island and South Coastal Massachusetts including the Cape and Islands..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely on Friday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible later Friday Morning into Friday Afternoon/early evening but for now the situation will be handled via SKYWARN Self-Activation..

At 710 AM Doppler Radar was showing rainfall and some embedded heavier rainfall over Connecticut and heavier rainfall over Long Island all moving northeast. Rain should become steadier and heavier over Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts later this morning with the heaviest rainfall over South Coastal Connecticut, South Coastal Rhode Island and South Coastal Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands late this morning into early evening. In the Flash Flood Watch area, 1-2″ of rain is likely with higher amounts of rainfall in areas that get repeated high rate rainfall in their area. Overnight, computer models have been keeping the heaviest rain offshore and this has led to the cancellation of the flash flood watch for North-Central Connecticut, North-Central Rhode Island and Interior Southeast Massachusetts. In these areas and points north less than 1″ of rain over a general area is expected but any areas that receive any embedded heavier downpours could see higher rainfall amounts.

The other secondary threat is for severe weather in the form of strong to damaging winds over the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and South Coastal Connecticut. The low probability for an isolated weak tornado or waterspout now appears confined to the offshore waters. This will continue to be monitored.

SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely on Friday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible later Friday Morning into Friday Afternoon/early evening but for now the situation will be handled via SKYWARN Self-Activation. This will be the last coordination message on this storm system unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs or time allows for a shortened coordination message to be sent if Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Below is the NWS Taunton Flash Flood Watch statement, Marine Weather Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:

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

NWS Taunton Marine Weather Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fzus71.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 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/Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Friday 7/29/16 Severe Weather and Flash Flood Potential

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..Friday will feature convective showers and thunderstorms with the potential for heavy downpours and the potential for high rainfall rates in a short period of time resulting in flash flooding of urban and poor drainage areas if the high rainfall rates train over the same area and occur for a long enough period of time. In addition, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has indicated a marginal risk for severe weather across Southeast New England including Cape Cod and the Islands for strong winds and the low probability for a possible isolated weak tornado or waterspout. The severe weather threat is conditional and isolated and could stay south of our area..
..A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect from 500 AM Friday through Friday Evening for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands for 2-4″ of rainfall with isolated higher amounts possible in any areas where thunderstorms or convective showers with heavy rainfall train over the same area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely on Friday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible later Friday Morning into Friday Afternoon/early evening..

Computer models over the last several days have been signaling the potential for beneficial rainfall particularly along and south of the Mass Pike but with a variance in solutions ranging from portions of interior Southern New England to just offshore of Southern New England. At this time, the headlines reflect the current thinking including the heaviest rainfall over Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts including the Cape and Islands. While the rain, if it tracks over some land areas as expected, will be beneficial, if heavy downpours with high rainfall rates occur as expected and hit the same area repeatedly, it could result in urban and poor drainage flash flooding with 2-4″ of rainfall and possibly isolated higher rainfall amounts.

The other secondary threat is for severe weather in the form of strong to damaging winds and even the low probability for an isolated weak tornado or waterspout. Again, this threat could affect parts of Southeast New England or stay offshore of the area. This will be monitored closely.

SKYWARN Self-Activation is likely on Friday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible later Friday Morning into Friday Afternoon/early evening. Another coordination message will be posted by 9 AM Friday Morning depending on how any heavy downpours and thunderstorms evolve Friday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Flash Flood Watch statement, Marine Weather Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:

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

NWS Taunton Marine Weather Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fzus71.KBOX.html

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

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/archive/2016/day2otlk_20160728_1730.html

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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Monday 7/25/16 Severe Weather Potential

Hello to all..

..Heat, humidity and severe weather potential will return on Monday to Southern New England. Timing on severe weather potential a bit earlier than stated in the prior message..
..Scattered to possibly numerous strong to severe thunderstorms likely across much of Southern New England from early to mid-Monday Afternoon through late Monday Night. Strong to damaging wind, hail, urban and poor drainage flooding from heavy rainfall and frequent lighting are the main threats..
..The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Western and Central Connecticut in a slight risk for severe weather with a marginal risk for severe weather for much of the rest of Southern New England..
..Intense Heat and Humidity still expected with a heat advisory continuing for Hampden County Massachusetts and Hartford County Connecticut..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 1 PM EDT lasting through late Monday Night..

Satellite and Radar imagery show strong heating over Eastern New York and New England. Radar imagery shows a line of showers and thunderstorms over West-Central New York likely associated with a trough/cold front will move into the region Monday Afternoon and Monday Evening. Some models weaken this feature while most models show this being the activity that will have severe weather potential over Southern New England. Given the location of this feature, the timing of the severe weather potential now look as early as 1-2 PM lasting into Monday evening. Given strong heating taking place over the region, high instability levels will be present by this afternoon and evening across the region. Shear levels will be marginal at first but increase and be more sufficient for severe weather potential by Monday Afternoon into Monday Evening. This will set the stage for another round of scattered to possibly numerous strong to severe thunderstorms for much of Southern New England. Similar to the last couple of events, there is a key factor that will determine the severe weather potential in the area and in this case, the key factor is that given the earlier timing of the showers and thunderstorms and the fact that shear and other favorable parameters may not arrive until later, does this result in weaker activity over the region versus a more robust severe weather potential.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 1 PM lasting through late Monday Night. This will be the last coordination message on today’s severe weather potential. Below is the NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook as well as the NWS Taunton Heat Advisory Statement:

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

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.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 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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Monday 7/25/16 Severe Weather Potential/Saturday 7/23/16 Post Severe Weather Summary

Hello to all..

..After a one day reprieve in heat, humidity and severe weather, both will return on Monday to Southern New England..
..Scattered to possibly numerous strong to severe thunderstorms likely across much of Southern New England late Monday Afternoon through late Monday Night. Strong to damaging wind, hail, urban and poor drainage flooding from heavy rainfall and frequent lighting are the main threats..
..The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Western and Central Connecticut in a slight risk for severe weather with a marginal risk for severe weather for much of the rest of Southern New England..
..Intense Heat and Humidity has prompted the issuance of a heat advisory for Hampden County Massachusetts and Hartford County Connecticut..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton likely starting around 3-4 PM lasting through late Monday Night..

Saturday 7/23/16 brought another round of severe weather as a gust front out ahead of a line of strong to severe thunderstorms caused widespread pockets of wind damage in Massachusetts and more isolated reports of wind damage in Rhode Island. A few isolated reports of large hail were also received in Northeast Massachusetts with wind damage from a few severe thunderstorms ahead of the line of thunderstorms and the gust front. Any additional photos or late reports can be sent to pics@nsradio.org, via our Facebook/Twitter feeds, or to my rmacedo@rcn.com email address. Credit will be given to the SKYWARN Spotter/Amateur Radio Operator for the pictures/video unless otherwise indicated. The pictures will be sent to NWS, media, and emergency management. Below is the NWS Taunton Local Storm Report, Public Information Statement on rainfall, WX1BOX “raw” Amateur Radio log and a link to the WX1BOX Facebook Photo Album:

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1607240156.nwus51.html

WX1BOX “raw” Amateur Radio Log:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/reports_7_23_16.txt

WX1BOX Facebook Photo Album:
https://www.facebook.com/216287391738620/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1246998732000809

After Sunday’s less humid and slightly cooler temperatures, conditions will heat up on Monday with higher humidity levels as temperatures will soar to the mid and upper 90s. A trough/cold front will move into the region later Monday Afternoon and Monday Evening. High instability levels will be present by mid to late afternoon and evening across the region. Shear levels will be marginal in the mid-afternoon but increase and be more sufficient for severe weather potential by the late afternoon Monday into Monday Evening. This will set the stage for another round of scattered to possibly numerous strong to severe thunderstorms for much of Southern New England. Similar to the last couple of events, the key factors that will determine the severe weather potential include:

1.) Any morning cloud debris/cloud cover in the morning that affects daytime heating and lowers instability levels.
2.) If the strong wind shear values do not overlap the favorable instability levels presuming factor 1 does not change the potential.
3.) Timing of the trough/cold front to tap into increasing wind shear and higher instability levels in the atmosphere.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton likely starting around 3-4 PM lasting through late Monday Night. Another coordination message will be posted by 9 AM Monday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook as well as the NWS Taunton Heat Advisory Statement:

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

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/archive/2016/day2otlk_20160724_1730.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 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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Saturday 7/23/16 Severe Weather Potential & Post Severe Weather Message for Friday 7/22/16 Severe Weather Event

Hello to all..

..After Friday’s severe weather event, another round of at least isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms likely for portions of Southern New England this afternoon into early evening. Strong to damaging winds, hail, urban and poor drainage flooding from heavy rainfall and frequent lightning are the main threats..
..The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed much of interior Southern New England through East Coastal Massachusetts in a marginal risk for severe weather today. The threat timeframe is between 2-9 PM EDT..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 1 PM EDT Saturday for today’s severe weather potential..

Friday’s severe weather event brought scattered to numerous strong to severe thunderstorms to Southern New England with the hardest hit areas including the Westboro/Southboro, Mass area, West Warwick, RI and the Dayville/Killingly CT area. Any additional photos or late reports can be sent to pics@nsradio.org, via our Facebook/Twitter feeds, or to my rmacedo@rcn.com email address. Credit will be given to the SKYWARN Spotter/Amateur Radio Operator for the pictures/video unless otherwise indicated. The pictures will be sent to NWS, media, and emergency management. Below is the NWS Taunton Local Storm Report, Public Information Statement on rainfall, WX1BOX “raw” Amateur Radio log and a link to the WX1BOX Facebook Photo Album:

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1607231238.nwus51.html

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1607231228.nous41.html

WX1BOX “raw” Amateur Radio Log:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/reports_7_22_16.txt

WX1BOX Facebook Photo Album:
https://www.facebook.com/wx1box/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1246470188720330

Turning our attention to Saturday’s severe weather potential, we appear again to have the right mix of instability, wind shear and in this case a stronger triggering mechanism for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms across much of the SPC marginal severe weather risk area. In addition, there will be a level of cooling aloft which may allow for a greater potential for hail and large hail in the strongest thunderstorms. The headlines depict the timing and nature of the severe weather potential. Key factors that could limit the coverage of strong to severe thunderstorms is the level of drying in the atmosphere as the day wears on and whether the strong wind shear values are maintained as the impulse in the atmosphere that will trigger convection moves into the region. At this time, there is expected to be sufficient overlap in instability, wind shear, and moisture for at least isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms across interior Southern New England away from the south coastal areas and there is the possibility for there to be numerous strong to severe thunderstorms over the region if mitigating factors on moisture are overcome and maintaining the strong winds as the impulse approaches occurs.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 1 PM EDT for today’s severe weather potential. This will be the only coordination message posted on Saturday’s severe weather potential.

Also, it is noted that the NWS Taunton radar is having an issue where thunderstorms are looking stronger than they would normally. This is due to a problem with the radar. Radar maintenance was completed Saturday but a part is required to address the issue. The radar will remain available for use but note that storms could look approximately 10 DBz stronger than reality. If the radar ends up being down, it is likely because of this issue with the radar but for now it will remain available for use and any users of the NWS Taunton radar should note that it will be running “hotter” or stronger on thunderstorm reflectivity than normal. This furthers the importance of spotter reports based on the reporting criteria to understand what is actually happening at the surface. See the NWS Taunton Radar Free Text Message link below for information:

NWS Taunton Radar Free Text Message:
https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201607231456-KBOX-NOUS61-FTMBOX

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 – Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Severe Weather Potential:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Friday 7/22/16 and Saturday 7/23/16 Severe Weather Potential

Hello to all…

..Scattered to Numerous Strong to Severe Thunderstorms likely late Friday Afternoon into Friday Night across much of Southern New England away from the south coast of Southern New England. Strong to damaging winds, hail, heavy rainfall causing urban and poor drainage flooding and frequent lightning are the main threats. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) continued much of New England in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather and now extends through South Coastal New England..
..Threat timeframe for strong to severe thunderstorms is after 400 PM EDT Friday. It is noted that this event has the potential to be a potent outbreak for severe weather but like many severe weather events in Southern New England exact details and small mesoscale deviations could drastically alter the potential or the timing of the severe weather..
..SPC has also placed portions of Southern New England in a Marginal Risk for Severe Weather for Saturday, particularly interior Southern New England. This severe weather potential will likely hinge on what occurs late Friday Afternoon through Friday Night..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 4 PM EDT Friday through the early portion of the overnight hours. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is possible for Saturday..

A rather interesting severe weather setup is shaping up for Southern New England and the Northeast US on Friday. The headlines give current thinking and as stated in the headlines, this event has high severe weather potential but small mesoscale deviations that can be difficult to resolve could alter the outcome. Also, the timing of the severe weather has uncertainty. For Saturday, the severe weather potential is more conditional and will likely hinge on what convection occurs on Friday and positioning and strength of the cold front that moves through the area.

Satellite imagery this morning shows some cloud cover over Southern New England, particularly in western areas, as a line of showers is swinging through Northern New England. There is good clearing behind this in New York State so cloud cover moving out around late morning/midday seems on track and this should allow for intense heating and destabilization with favorable wind shear profiles. This can potentially set the stage for either a cluster or several clusters of scattered strong to severe thunderstorms for the region. There is also the possibility for a larger complex of strong to severe thunderstorms known as a MCS or Mesoscale Convective System to take shape and sweep through much of Southern New England. The timing is a bit uncertain with unstable conditions by mid to late afternoon but weather models showing high levels of instability through the night which could mean severe weather extending into some portion of the overnight hours or not starting until later Friday Evening.

While the setup for severe weather as modeled as high potential, small mesoscale deviations could impact this potential and this includes the following:

1.) There is an insufficient trigger in the atmosphere to set off the favorable levels of instability and shear.
2.) A complex of severe thunderstorms forms but stays up in Northern New England and doesn’t dive southeast into Southern New England. The other possibility is radar this morning is showing a line of thunderstorms forming over Lake Erie, Northeast Ohio, Northeast Pennsylvania and Southwest New York. Does this activity and its movement miss our area with no extension of any strong to severe thunderstorm activity into New York State swinging into Southern New England? Some models show this while others show the extension of the activity in New York State swinging through Southern New England.
3.) The Cloud cover from any leftover upstream convection reducing instability is now less likely based on current satellite and radar trends. Unless something changes, this is least likely to impact the severe weather potential.

For Saturday, SPC has a marginal risk for severe weather over portions of interior Southern New England. There will remain good shear profiles for Saturday and there should be good heating for Saturday depending on how much convection is seen late Friday Afternoon and Friday Night in Southern New England. There is some question as to how much moisture will be available to tap into the good wind shear profiles and how Friday’s convection effects the environment for Saturday. This will be greater detailed in future coordination messages.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 4 PM EDT. This will be the last coordination message on the Friday severe weather potential. For Saturday’s severe weather potential, the next coordination message will either be posted late Friday Evening or by 1000 AM Saturday Morning depending on how active late Friday Afternoon and Friday Evening is for severe weather. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook, Special Weather Statement, SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook, SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook for Saturday severe weather potential and the latest Friday NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion which provides a good technical/meteorological overview of the severe weather potential for Friday for those more advanced spotters who would like that level of detailed info.

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

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

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook – Friday July 22nd, 2016 Severe Weather Potential:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook – Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Severe Weather Potential:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

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 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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Friday July 22nd, 2016 Severe Weather Potential

Hello to all…

..Scattered to Numerous Strong to Severe Thunderstorms likely late Friday Afternoon into Friday Night across much of Southern New England away from the south coast of Southern New England. Strong to damaging winds, hail, heavy rainfall causing urban and poor drainage flooding and frequent lightning are the main threats. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed much of New England in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather except the southernmost part of Southern New England is in a marginal risk for severe weather..
..Threat timeframe for strong to severe thunderstorms is after 400 PM EDT Friday. It is noted that this event has the potential to be a potent outbreak for severe weather but like many severe weather events in Southern New England exact details and small mesoscale deviations could drastically alter the potential or the timing of the severe weather..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 4 PM EDT..

A rather interesting severe weather setup is shaping up for Southern New England and the Northeast US on Friday. The headlines give current thinking and as stated in the headlines, this event has high severe weather potential but small mesoscale deviations that can be difficult to resolve could alter the outcome. Also, the timing of the severe weather has uncertainty. There is some cloud cover expected in the morning but this should clear out by late Friday Morning and this should allow for intense heating and destabilization with favorable wind shear profiles. This can potentially set the stage for either a cluster or several clusters of scattered strong to severe thunderstorms for the region. There is also the possibility for a larger complex of strong to severe thunderstorms known as a MCS or Mesoscale Convective System to take shape and sweep through much of Southern New England. The timing is a bit uncertain with unstable conditions by mid to late afternoon but weather models showing high levels of instability through the night which could mean severe weather extending into some portion of the overnight hours or not starting until later Friday Evening.

While the setup for severe weather as modeled as high potential, small mesoscale deviations could impact this potential and this includes the following:

1.) Cloud cover from any leftover upstream convection and thunderstorms goes later into the afternoon and reduces the level of instability.
2.) There is an insufficient trigger in the atmosphere to set off the favorable levels of instability and shear.
3.) A complex of severe thunderstorms forms but stays up in Northern New England and doesn’t dive southeast into Southern New England.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 4 PM EDT. Another coordination message will be posted by 9 AM EDT Friday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook, SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook and the late Thursday Afternoon NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion which provides a good technical/meteorological overview of the severe weather potential for Friday for those more advanced spotters who would like that level of detailed info.

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

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/archive/2016/day2otlk_20160721_1730.html

NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1607211945.fxus61.html

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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Special Announcement: 2016 ARRL Hurricane Webinar – Thursday July 21st, 2016 800-930 PM EDT

Hello to all..

The ARRL will be hosting a Hurricane Webinar on Thursday July 21st, 2016 from 800-930 PM EDT. Details on registration can be seen via the following link:
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-sponsor-2016-atlantic-season-hurricane-webinar

The webinar will go through an overview of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season and key Amateur Radio group’s preparedness for the season and how Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters can become involved. These Amateur Radio Group’s include, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, which is now in its 36th year of service, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Also, an Amateur Radio Operator who is the Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre will be given the meteorological overview of the season.

We hope many folks can join the 2016 ARRL Hurricane Webinar!

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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Post Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Monday July 18th 2016 Severe Weather Outbreak

Hello to all..

..The first severe weather outbreak of the 2016 Summer Season affected portions of Southern New England Monday 7/18/16. Hardest hit areas were in Franklin County Massachusetts, the Haverhill to Merrimac Massachusetts area and in the area from Framingham, Wellesley, Needham, Boston, Weymouth, Quincy, Hingham to Cohassett Massachusetts. Spotty pockets of wind damage were also reported in Southern Hartford County Connecticut and Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts..
..Main severe weather mode was damaging winds with small hail and minor street flooding. Damage photos are still useful in documenting this severe weather event and a Facebook Album has been created on the WX1BOX Facebook Page. Pictures can be sent as a reply to this email, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds or via the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the Amateur Radio Operator or non Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotter who sends in the photos unless otherwise indicated. The photos will be shared with the National Weather Service, media, emergency management and non-governmental organizations..
..Below is the NWS Taunton Local Storm Report, the “raw” WX1BOX Amateur Radio Log and the WX1BOX Facebook Album fro the Monday 7/18/16 severe weather outbreak..

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nwus51.KBOX.html

WX1BOX “raw” Amateur Radio Log of reports:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/reports_7_18_16.txt

WX1BOX Facebook Album – Monday July 18th 2016 Severe Weather Outbreak:
https://www.facebook.com/wx1box/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1243634025670613

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
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org
Like us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wx1box
Follow us on Twitter – http://twitter.com/wx1box

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