Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Sunday 4/16/17 Strong Thunderstorm Potential & Special Announcement: Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message #1

Hello to all…

..Happy Easter and Passover to those who celebrate those holidays..
..This is a combined severe weather coordination message for strong thunderstorm potential in Western New England for late Sunday Afternoon and Evening as well as Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message..
..Isolated to scattered strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are possible in Western Massachusetts through North-Central Connecticut late Sunday Afternoon into early Sunday Evening between about 5-9 PM. Strong winds and heavy downpours with urban and poor drainage flooding are the main threats. While the threat is more favorable further west into New York State there is some potential for the strong thunderstorms to reach into Western New England.
..There is also an elevated brush fire risk today and into Monday with sunny and warm temperatures and wind gusts of up to 30 MPH causing conditions favorable for brush fire conditions..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the isolated to scattered strong to possibly severe thunderstorm potential in Western Massachusetts through North-Central Connecticut. This will be the only coordination message on this severe weather potential unless a significant change to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day-1 Convective Outlook and NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook including a link to the new Experimental Enhanced Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook which will now appear in coordination messages going forward..

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

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

NWS Taunton Experimental Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

The second part of this message is a special announcement – Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message as issued in prior years:

While this may be a bit off topic for some SKYWARN Spotters, Amateur Radio Operators and Red Cross volunteers, many of which are SKYWARN Spotters, will be involved in the Boston Marathon on Monday April 17th. To reach out to the highest level of Amateur Radio Operators involved in the event, this coordination message is being sent out to the SKYWARN email list and posted to the various Amateur Radio lists. We appreciate everyone’s patience with this message. This is a joint message between the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)-SKYWARN program at NWS Taunton and Eastern Massachusetts ARES. This is likely to be the only coordination message on the Marathon unless a significant change in the weather forecast occurs. See information below:

Eastern Massachusetts ARES members not participating in the Boston Marathon are requested to be on standby for marathon activities on Monday April 17th from 6 AM-7 PM for any significant issues outside of the Boston Marathon that may require Amateur Radio Emergency Communications support and for any unexpected issues on the Boston Marathon route. With over 280 Amateur Radio Operators staffing the Boston Marathon route, the start line and the finish line, if an issue arises needing Amateur Radio support outside of the Marathon route or an unexpected issue arises in marathon operations, it is important that any ARES members not involved in the marathon can help with any response that is required. The Amateur Radio Station at the National Weather Service in Taunton, WX1BOX, will be active on Monday April 17th for the Boston Marathon to provide weather support to the Amateur Radio community participating in the marathon and to gather any weather reports of significance during the marathon. This station will also be used to coordinate any ARES response to any significant incidents regarding Amateur Radio support outside of the marathon zone including any incidents that need to be provided to the State EOC for situational awareness information.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) at the SEOC (State Emergency Operations Center) will be active for the Boston Marathon. Amateur Radio Operators will be at the SEOC to support Amateur Radio communications and will be on the air under call sign, WC1MA, while many agencies will be there performing primary operations for the marathon.

The weather outlook for the Boston Marathon is one that should be favorable for volunteers but potentially too warm for the runners which could result in increased ambulance requests along the course for this year’s marathon and a higher than average year of medical related issues given the conditions. The Weather Forecast across the Boston Marathon is for mostly sunny conditions throughout the day. Temperatures are expected to be around 55-60 degrees in the pre-dawn and daybreak hours rising to the upper 60s to low 70s by afternoon. Dewpoint values will be low making conditions dry but warm. Winds will gust out of the west at 25-30 MPH. Volunteers should dress accordingly for these conditions and drink plenty of liquids and should be prepared for this potential of increased number of ambulance requests and higher than average year of medical related issues. Also, the low dewpoints and winds could result in increased brush fire risk across the region again for Monday. Below is the NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement and Fire Weather Forecast regarding that potential:

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

NWS Taunton Fire Weather Forecast:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fnus51.KBOX.html

From a SKYWARN perspective, the 146.64-Waltham Repeater and 145.23-Boston Repeater are being utilized for Marathon operations. From an ARES perspective, the Minutemen Repeater Association Repeater Network is being utilized for marathon operations. Please review the SKYWARN Frequency listing for your closest alternate repeater from a SKYWARN or ARES perspective.
http://www.wx1box.org/node/37

For Amateur Radio, Red Cross and all other volunteers along the route, it is recommended that you dress in layers for this event so that you can put on or take off clothes as needed for comfort. Be sure to drink liquids and eat properly during the event and that you are self-sufficient so that you can be of full help to the function and not distract everyone from the main purpose of supporting the runners by having a health issue on your end that can be avoided. No rain is expected at this time so there should be no need for rain gear.

For those people that are planning to go to the Boston Marathon as spectators, the following link details guidelines for spectators for the 2017 Boston Marathon:
http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/mema/2017-marathon-spectator-guidelines-final.pdf

Barring a significant change in the weather forecast, this will be the only coordination message on the Boston Marathon. We appreciate everyone’s support in this event and hope those that volunteer enjoy themselves and feel the self-satisfaction of supporting this historic event and those that are monitoring the Marathon or events outside of the Marathon realize that the monitoring is an important function as well and is a testament to being able to scale other incidents beyond the marathon if required. Thanks to all for their support!

Respectfully Submitted,

Marek Kozubal
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Email Address: kb1ncg@gmail.com

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 – Wednesday 4/12/17 Strong Thunderstorm Potential

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..Isolated strong to possibly marginal severe thunderstorms possible today in Central and Eastern New England. Strong winds and hail are the primary threats along with urban and poor drainage flooding in heavy downpours from any thunderstorms. The threat timeframe would be between about Noon and 6 PM today..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the potential today. Ops at NWS Taunton seem unlikely, however, if they are initiated or a significant upgrade to the situation occurs, a shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows for the update. 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 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: National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop Sessions To Be Livestreamed – Wednesday 4/19/17

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The National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop sessions (this year being held in New Orleans Louisiana) will be livestreamed on Wednesday April 19th, 2017. The livestream links will be as follows:

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

Wednesday, April 19 — 08:30-10:00 CDT (09:30-11:00 EDT)
8:30 Opening Remarks (5 Minutes – Presented by Rob Macedo – KD1CY)
8:35 Canadian Hurricane Centre and Hurricane Meteorological Topics (30 Minutes – Presented by Bob Robichaud-VE1MBR, Canadian Hurricane Centre)
9:05 WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the NHC (30 Minutes – Presented by Julio Ripoll – WD4R)
9:35 The Hurricane Watch Net, Personal Weather Stations, Backup Power, & Antenna Overview (30 Minutes – Presented by Bobby Graves – KB5HAV)
10:05 ARRL Update (15 Minutes – Presented by Matt Anderson – KD5KNZ / LA ARRL Asst. SM)

—> NOTE: Speakers will be on a break from 10:20-10:30 CDT (11:20-11:30 EDT)

Wednesday, April 19 — 10:30-12:00 CDT (11:30 AM-1:00 PM EDT)
10:30 Importance of Amateur Radio / Spotter Surface Reports (25 Minutes – Presented by NHC Director Dr. Rick Knabb)
11:00 The VoIP Hurricane Net and Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems (30 Minutes – Presented by Rob Macedo – KD1CY)
11:30 SATERN Presentation (30 Minutes – Presented by Bill Feist – WD8BZH)
11:50 Q&A Panel with Door Prizes (20 Minutes – Presented by all members of the panel)

—> NOTE: Sessions end at 12:15 CDT/1:15 EDT

We hope folks can join the livestream Wednesday 4/19/17. 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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Special Announcement: 2017 SKYWARN Training Class Schedule

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We have a full slate of SKYWARN Training classes scheduled for 2017. There may be two or three more classes scheduled for the Spring of this year and then the focus will shift to Fall SKYWARN Training class scheduling. The complete SKYWARN Training Class Schedule can be seen via the following links:

NWS Taunton Web Site SKYWARN Class List:
http://www.weather.gov/box/skywarn#fragment-2

WX1BOX SKYWARN Training Class Schedule:
http://www.wx1box.org/node/36

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)
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Thursday 4/6/17 – Heavy Rainfall and Strong Winds/Isolated Strong to Severe Thunderstorm Potential

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..Another storm system will bring more rain to the region and recent rainfall events increase the risk for flooding in the region. Strong winds and isolated pockets of wind damage are also possible if heavy rainfall can mix stronger winds down to the surface with a low chance for an isolated strong to severe thunderstorm with strong to damaging winds over Southeast New England..
..A Flood Watch is in effect for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage area from Thursday Morning through Friday Evening for the potential for urban and poor drainage street flooding and the possibility of a few smaller streams and rivers going out of their banks from total rainfall of 1-1.5″ with isolated higher amounts of more than 1.5″ possible..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm event. Below is the NWS Taunton Flood Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton 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

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)
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Thursday 4/6/17 Heavy Rainfall and Strong Wind Potential

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..Another storm system will bring more rain to the region and recent rainfall events increase the risk for flooding in the region. Strong winds and isolated pockets of wind damage are also possible if heavy rainfall can mix stronger winds down to the surface..
..A Flood Watch is in effect for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage area from Thursday Morning through Friday Evening for the potential for urban and poor drainage street flooding and the possibility of a few smaller streams and rivers going out of their banks from total rainfall of 1-1.5″ with isolated higher amounts of more than 1.5″ possible..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm event. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if the threat for strong winds and/or flooding increases. Another coordination message will be posted by 1130 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Flood Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton 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

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 4/4/17 Heavy Rainfall/Flood and Strong Wind Potential

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..Storm system for today will bring widespread rainfall with amounts 1″ or more likely with an isolated axis of 2″ or more of rain possible in parts of the area with the potential for urban and poor drainage flooding for parts of Southern New England. Strong winds are also likely across Cape Cod and the Islands today..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect for Cape Cod from 8 AM-5 PM today and for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from 8 AM-3 PM today for sustained winds of 15-30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH. Other coastal areas could see wind gusts to around 40 MPH today. These winds will cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the heavy rainfall and urban and poor drainage flood and strong wind potential. This will be the only coordination message on today’s storm unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Taunton Wind Advisory 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 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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