Special Announcement: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2020 Friday Evening 12/4/20 700 PM ET to Saturday Evening 12/5/20 700 PM ET and Changes for COVID19

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**We hope all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators had a very Happy Thanksgiving. On behalf of the NWS Boston/Norton forecasters and the entire WX1BOX Amateur Radio Team, we are fortunate to have such a strong and vibrant program with the support of all of you in the field and we appreciate another tremendous of year of service in weather spotting for the community particularly given the COVID19 pandemic and its impacts to everyone in our community. Thanks for all you do for us and the community!**
**SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 will occur this year but modified due to COVID19 and the fact NWS offices are not allowed to have volunteer Amateur Radio Operators at any NWS office due to COVID. In addition, a social media component will be added to engage non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters more with 2020’SRD. This initial announcement gives information on 2020’SRD and the plan for further updates.**

Due to COVID19, typical WX1BOX Amateur Radio Operations will not occur at NWS Boston/Norton. The WX1BOX Amateur Radio team will be operating remotely via their home stations. In addition, the Boston Amateur Radio Club has cancelled their operations from Blue Hill for 2020. The NWS Gray Maine office cannot be active at the office due to the same restrictions on volunteers at NWS offices nationwide but will likely have some form of SRD operation for 2020.

For WX1BOX Amateur Radio operations, we will cover the typical SKYWARN repeaters on VHF/UHF as well as simplex and be on HF via the various remote home stations along with our WX1BOX social media pages. In addition, contacts with other Amateur Radio SKYWARN stations will count towards NWS certificates. Further, there will be a social media component to engage non-Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotter alike. The current set of information is available and additional information will be made available on the SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) web site via the following link:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

There is also a SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) Facebook group open to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators. The Facebook group link is listed below:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/skywarnrecognitionday

On the web, the following link on the WX1BOX home page will feature all SRD updates for WX1BOX operations as well as social media efforts that can include SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators alike:

http://wx1box.org/2020/11/27/srd20

We are working through the details of the VHF/UHF repeater and simplex schedule. It will likely be similar to prior years but there could be some changes based on remote operator availability and how their home station can cover the area repeaters and simplex. The schedule will be published in another update issued over the weekend.

The VoIP Operations on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system will still take place for 2020’SRD. An update on the stations participating will also be posted in the next SRD update for this weekend.

The next update on SRD’2020 operations will be posted no later than Sunday Evening 11/29/20. Thanks to all for their continued support of the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program!

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/Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Sunday Evening 11/15/20-Early Monday Morning 11/16/20 – Severe Weather & Damaging Wind Potential

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..Strong cold front will make its way through Southern New England and bring with it the potential for strong to damaging winds and a convective fine line of showers and thunderstorms which will likely enhance the wind damage potential as it is becoming more likely that this line develops as models indicated. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed all of Southern New England in a marginal to slight risk for severe weather with the slight risk area covering most of Connecticut and West-Central Rhode Island..
..A Wind Advisory remains in effect from 5 PM Sunday until 1 AM Monday for all of Rhode Island, Cape Cod and the Islands and Southern Worcester, Central and Southeast Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Other areas could see wind gusts to 40-45 MPH with much higher gusts in the convective line of showers and thunderstorms likely. These winds will cause scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong to damaging wind and severe weather potential for Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning..

A strong cold front will have the potential to bring general strong to damaging winds with a possible enhanced setup for damaging winds in a fine line of showers and thunderstorms that potentially develops and sweeps through the region. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) The environment can be characterized by a low instability/high shear environment. It is appearing more likely that the jet dynamics and wind shear aloft can compensate for lower instability, and that means the wind damage threat from a convective line of showers and thunderstorms is increasing. Trends will be monitored closely regarding the evolution of this convective line of showers and thunderstorms.
2.) If instability is higher than projected with the current projections for strong to damaging winds aloft, that would also increase the threat for damaging winds in the region. At this time, given the jet dynamics, the instability while relatively low will be sufficient for a fine line of convective showers and thunderstorms and an increasing wind damage threat.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong to damaging wind and severe weather potential for Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning. This will be the last coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory Statement, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.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 – Sunday Evening 11/15/20-Early Monday Morning 11/16/20 – Strong to Damaging Wind Potential

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..Strong cold front will make its way through Southern New England and bring with it the potential for strong to damaging winds and a convective fine line of showers and thunderstorms which could enhance the wind damage potential if this line develops as models indicate. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has the region in a general thunderstorm risk with a potential upgrade possible in future outlooks..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 5 PM Sunday until 1 AM Monday for all of Rhode Island, Cape Cod and the Islands and Southern Worcester, Central and Southeast Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Other areas could see wind gusts to 40-45 MPH with higher gusts and could mean expansion of wind advisories in future updates. These winds will cause scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong to damaging wind and severe weather potential for Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning..

A strong cold front will have the potential to bring general strong to damaging winds with a possible enhanced setup for damaging winds in a fine line of showers and thunderstorms that potentially develops and sweeps through the region. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) The environment can be characterized by a low instability/high shear environment. If the jet dynamics and wind shear aloft can compensate for lower instability, the wind damage threat from a convective line of showers and thunderstorms increases.
2.) If instability is higher than projected with the current projections for strong to damaging winds aloft, that would also increase the threat for damaging winds in the region.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong to damaging wind and severe weather potential for Sunday Afternoon through early Monday Morning. Another coordination message will be posted by 1000 AM Sunday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory Statement, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/archive/2020/day2otlk_20201114_1730.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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Special Announcement: NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statements – Winter Weather Preparedness Week – Monday 11/2/20-Friday 11/6/20

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The week of 11/2/20 was NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Below is the Winter Weather Preparedness Week web page that NWS Boston/Norton setup as well as the 5 Public Information Statements in text form issued by NWS Boston/Norton during the preparedness week:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Preparedness Week Web Page:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter_safety

NWS Boston/Norton – Public Information Statements – Winter Weather Preparedness Week:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PNS_Winter_Weather_Preparedness_Week_2020.pdf

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 – Monday 11/2/20 Strong to Damaging Wind and Light Snow Potential

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..Unseasonably cold air will be over Southern New England today through Wednesday Morning with strong to damaging winds particularly Monday across Southern New England and through Tuesday Morning over Cape Cod. Also, a few snow showers overnight into Tuesday Morning may produce light snow accumulations of a coating to 1-2″ in parts of Western, Central and interior Northeast Massachusetts..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of the NWS Boston/Norton coverage area from 9 AM to 6 PM EDT Monday except for Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket where the Wind Advisory is valid through 11 AM EDT Tuesday. Winds will be sustained between 20-35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH with higher gusts up to 55 MPH possible in higher terrain locations. These winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages. Later Monday evening into Tuesday Morning, winds will be less except for the islands but winds in Southern New England outside of the islands could gust up to 40 MPH..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong wind potential today through Tuesday Morning. This will be the only coordination message on this storm event unless a significant update to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory statement, snowfall and wind maps..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Snowfall Map:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Gust Map:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Strong_wind_gusts_Monday_11_2_2020.png

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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