Special Announcement: Start of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hello to all…

Today, Monday June 1st, 2020, marks the start of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is expected to be above normal per the NOAA/National Hurricane Center, Colorado State University and Penn State University outlooks among others. To mark the start of Atlantic Hurricane Season, NWS Boston/Norton has published a Public Information Statement with the names of the tropical systems for 2020 as well as some tropical cyclone history in Southern New England and tropical cyclone safety tips. This can be seen at the following link:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/pns_start_of_hurricane_season_2020.pdf

The National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center in Miami FL will issue advisories on named systems, Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches and Warnings when a system threatens a land area, Tropical Cyclone Updates on named systems and Tropical Weather Outlooks for potential areas of tropical cyclone development. Their suite of products and tropical system names are listed in their first couple of tropical weather outlooks and the link from 8 AM EDT – Monday June 1st Tropical Weather Outlook is listed below:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/two_at_start_of_hurricane_season_2020.pdf

It is noted that the threat of a hurricane to a land area in the Atlantic basin would cause the activation of WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, the Hurricane Watch Net on HF and the VoIP Hurricane Net on Echolink and IRLP. Web page resources for these groups are listed below:

WX4NHC – the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center:
http://www.wx4nhc.org/

Hurricane Watch Net:
https://hwn.org/

VoIP Hurricane Net:
http://voipwx.net/

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is already a strain on public safety resources and if a tropical storm or hurricane threatens our region, our role to provide timely severe weather reporting to protect life and property as SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters will be even more critical and our own preparedness will also be critical as well. Please use this time to prepare if a tropical system were to affect Southern New England.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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