Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Saturday 3/26/22 Convective Shower & Strong Thunderstorm Potential

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..Strong convective showers and thunderstorms on track for Saturday late morning through early evening across much of Southern New England. Strong winds, small hail and/or graupel, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall are the main threats with an isolated severe thunderstorm with isolated large hail and/or damaging winds is a secondary threat..
..Cold temperatures aloft coupled with heating through the day along with a strong impulse in the atmosphere will set the stage for these convective showers and thunderstorms in the region. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has much of Southern New England in a general risk for thunderstorms today with an isolated thunderstorm or two possibly reaching severe limits..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the convective showers and thunderstorms during late Saturday Morning through early Saturday Evening. This will be the last coordination message for this event as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion and the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day-1 Convective Outlook..

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

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)
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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Saturday 3/25/22 Strong Convective Shower and Thunderstorm Potential

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..Strong convective showers and thunderstorms possible Saturday late morning through early evening across much of Southern New England. Strong winds, small hail and/or graupel, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall are the main threats with an isolated severe thunderstorm is a secondary threat..
..Cold temperatures aloft coupled with heating through the day along with a strong impulse in the atmosphere will set the stage for these convective showers and thunderstorms in the region..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the convective showers and thunderstorms during late Saturday Morning through early Saturday Evening. Another coordination message will be posted by 11 AM Saturday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion and the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) Day-2 Convective Outlook..

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

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.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: A SKYWARN and Amateur Radio Tribute to Mish Michaels

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Our WX1BOX Amateur Radio Team was shocked, saddened and devastated to learn that former WBZ-TV, WHDH-TV and current part-time Weather Channel Meteorologist Mish Michaels passed away. Mish was a pioneer in supporting SKYWARN and Amateur Radio and led an effort that accelerated the growth of SKYWARN, highlighted the importance in ground truth spotter reporting during severe weather, accelerated growth in Amateur Radio and trailblazed a path where the efforts of SKYWARN spotters and Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotters became recognized across the entire media community across Southern New England. Beyond these community contributions, she was a personal friend to several on the team who kept in touch with us even after she was in her retirement and even after a couple of our core coordinators moved out of area. She is a tragic loss to the weather and Amateur Radio communities. Further, we lost a personal friend to several of us.

At the Southern New England Weather Conference in 2004, Mish Michaels approached our Amateur Radio team interested in forging a relationship where she could better highlight the work of trained SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators. Within a month of that contact, SKYWARN was mentioned more prominently on air at WBZ-TV with spotter reports of snowfall relayed on air directly to the media. In December 2005, the support included phone and other interviews on live television featuring the important work on ground truth weather spotting. She also presented at Amateur Radio Clubs including the Massasoit and Whitman Amateur Radio Clubs in November 2009 on tornado research. Over the years, the relationship would continue even after she left WBZ-TV in 2009 and would grow across all the various TV media outlets in the Boston area, the Providence, RI area and the Hartford CT area reaching much of Southern New England.

We have added to our WX1BOX Youtube Channel three videos of WBZ-TV that included mentions of SKYWARN and interviews with Mish Michaels on SKYWARN:

WBZ-TV Mention of SKYWARN Spotter Reports During a Winter Storm – 1/6/2005:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRLj-axdSOM

WBZ-TV Skywarn Interview 12/9/05 – Tropospheric Fold Coastal Storm:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g1AJ6nvJy8

WBZ-TV Interview Compilation April-July 2006:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKuXXo1tXjg

In more recent years, Mish Michaels remained active in the weather community despite retirement. On September 6th, 2019, Mish Michaels along with Blue Hill Observatory Executive Director, Charlie Orloff presented at the Northeast HamXposition (a regional Amateur Radio Convention) on the Cape Cod Tornadoes that occurred on July 23rd, 2019. The room was packed and overflowed with participants as she shared the meteorology, the Amateur Radio/SKYWARN support on this rare meteorological event for Cape Cod and the Islands. As recently as January 2022, Mish restarted her involvement in media reporting on the Blizzard of 2022 that affected our Southern New England region on The Weather Channel and once again, as she always did, mentioned the SKYWARN program and all the reports from all of you rekindling the spirit that started the SKYWARN connection to media outlets many years ago.

WBZ-TV had a heartfelt tribute to Mish Michaels that we echo in this tribute. The WBZ-TV Tribute written by Terry Eliasen is listed below:
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2022/03/16/mish-michaels-wbz-mourns/

On a personal note, Mish Michaels elevated and inspired me to lead this program to heights that would not have been attainable without her support. Her pioneering efforts to work with us were above and beyond and what allowed us to connect with many other media outlets and partner public service agencies including personal connections with some of the mainstream media meteorologists in the region. She also played an instrumental role in the recognition of an Outstanding Volunteer Service Award presented to me on Friday November 9th, 2018 at the Blue Hill Observatory fundraiser featuring Jim Cantore and Storm Stories which was a very humbling and powerfully positive experience for me. This wouldn’t have happened without her support but also without the support of the thousands of spotters who have and are continuing to give their time over the many storms we experience in Southern New England and have accepted my leadership in the program. I am a better person, leader and have learned a lot both in public communication and meteorology from her. She will be sorely missed but we will continue to move forward with her passion, high energy and love of weather. I know she wouldn’t want it any other way.

As Terry Eliasen said in his tribute, he wished her “eternal sunny skies” and we do the same. We also wish her fair winds and following seas and our eternal gratitude for all she has done for our program, the meteorology field and her many other philanthropic pursuits and family life. Rest easy, Mish, we will take it from here!

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)
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Saturday Morning 3/12/22-Sunday Morning 3/13/22 Late Winter Storm Potential

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..Strong coastal storm system on track to bring accumulating snow in portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Northwest and North-Central Connecticut, a period of heavy rainfall to the rest of Southern New England ending as a short period of snow and strong to damaging winds to portions of Southern New England Saturday Morning thru Saturday Night with strong winds lingering into Sunday Morning..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from through 10 PM Saturday for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties of Massachusetts for 4-6″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and wind gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher wind gusts possible. The snow will be heavy and wet and between the wet snow and strong winds there could be isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 10 PM Saturday for Hartford and Tolland Counties of Connecticut, Eastern Franklin, Eastern Hampshire, Eastern Hampden, Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 2-4″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and wind gusts of 50 MPH with isolated higher wind gusts possible. The snow will be heavy and wet and if areas approach 3″ or more of wet snow with the strong wind gusts there could be isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Wind Advisory remains in effect from 1 PM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday for Eastern Essex, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable and Dukes Counties of Massachusetts with a Wind Advisory now in effect from 1 PM Saturday to 8 AM Sunday for the rest of the NWS Norton coverage area for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher gusts possible. These winds will cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the winter storm potential for Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning. Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely in the Winter Weather Advisory areas. Nets on HF on 3944 LSB started at 930 AM and will be hourly on the half hour, VHF Net on the 146.940-Mount Tom will commence at 1000 AM and 146.970 Paxton Repeater will start later this morning or early afternoon.

A strong coastal storm is on track for Southern New England Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Any further shift east which could allow additional and heavier snowfall in portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut.
2.) The combination of wet snow and strong to damaging winds will need to be monitored for enhancing the damage potential to trees and wires in areas that receive 3″ or more of wet snow. Spotter reports particularly from the western and northern Massachusetts hilltowns to the Western Connecticut hilly areas will be especially helpful during this storm.
3.) The extent of the damaging winds is pretty much the entire coverage area with Wind Advisories expanded to the entire coverage area with wind gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher guts possible.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the winter storm potential for Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning. Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely in the Winter Weather Advisory areas. Nets on HF on 3944 LSB started at 930 AM and will be hourly on the half hour, VHF Net on the 146.940-Mount Tom will commence at 1000 AM and 146.970 Paxton Repeater will start later this morning or early afternoon. This will be the last coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Snowfall Maps, Wind Advisory Statement, and Area Forecast Discussion.

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BOX&product=NPW&issuedby=BOX

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.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: 2022 Virtual SKYWARN Training Sessions Announced – All 2022 SKYWARN Training Virtual Due to COVID

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Due to COVID-19 concerns, SKYWARN Training classes will again be held virtually. The SKYWARN Training sessions will occur on 3 weeknights and 2 weekends. The weeknight sessions will be taught by NWS forecasters and the weekend sessions taught by Amateur Radio Operators.

Dates and registration information can be seen at the following link:

NWS Boston/Norton Virtual SKYWARN Training dates and registration information link:
https://www.weather.gov/box/skywarn#fragment-2a

All are welcome to attend the training sessions. Those that are interested in becoming a SKYWARN Spotter or existing spotters refreshing their SKYWARN Training can take an optional quiz and that will get a new individual their SKYWARN spotter number and count as refreshing your training for existing spotters.

We hope many can attend these training sessions. 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)
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Storm Coordination Message #3 – Saturday Morning 3/12/22-Sunday Morning 3/13/22 Late Winter Storm Potential

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..Strong coastal storm system will bring accumulating snow in portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Northwest and North-Central Connecticut, a period of heavy rainfall to the rest of Southern New England ending as a short period of snow and strong to damaging winds to portions of Southern New England Saturday Morning through Saturday Night with strong winds lingering into Sunday Morning..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 4 AM to 10 PM Saturday for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties of Massachusetts for 4-6″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and wind gusts to 50 MPH. The snow will be heavy and wet and between the wet snow and strong winds there could be isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 8 AM to 10 PM Saturday for Hartford and Tolland Counties of Connecticut, Eastern Franklin, Eastern Hampshire, Eastern Hampden, Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 2-4″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and wind gusts of 40-45 MPH with isolated higher wind gusts possible. The snow will be heavy and wet and if areas approach 3″ or more of wet snow with the strong wind gusts there could be isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 1 PM Saturday to 11 AM Sunday for Eastern Essex, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable and Dukes Counties of Massachusetts with a Wind Advisory now in effect from 1 PM Saturday to 8 AM Sunday for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden and Northern Worcester Counties for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher gusts possible. Areas outside of the wind advisory will see wind gusts around 40 MPH with isolated higher gusts. These winds will cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the winter storm potential for Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning. Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely in the Winter Weather Advisory areas. Nets on HF on 3944 LSB and VHF Nets on the 146.940-Mount Tom and 146.970 Paxton Repeaters could start as early as 9 AM Saturday Morning..

A strong coastal storm will affect Southern New England Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning. The trend of the storm system has been a bit further east allowing for more snow into portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut with the headlines depicting the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Any further shift east which could allow additional and heavier snowfall in portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut.
2.) The combination of wet snow and strong to damaging winds will need to be monitored for enhancing the damage potential to trees and wires in areas that receive 3″ or more of wet snow. Spotter reports particularly from the western and northern Massachusetts hilltowns to the Western Connecticut hilly areas will be especially helpful during this storm.
3.) The extent and strength of the damaging wind potential in and around the wind advisory area will be monitored closely for any expansion in the area of strongest winds and any increase intensity of the winds.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the winter storm potential for Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning. Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely in the Winter Weather Advisory areas. Nets on HF on 3944 LSB and VHF Nets on the 146.940-Mount Tom and 146.970 Paxton Repeaters could start as early as 9 AM Saturday Morning. If time allows depending on operational needs, another coordination message will be posted by 9 AM Saturday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Snowfall Maps, Wind Advisory Statement, Snowfall Maps and Area Forecast Discussion.

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BOX&product=NPW&issuedby=BOX

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Gust Map:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Max-Wind-Gusts6.png

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.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 – Saturday 3/12/22 Late Winter Storm Potential

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..Strong storm system will bring accumulating snow in portions of Western and possibly North-Central Massachusetts, a period of heavy rainfall to the rest of Southern New England ending as a short period of snow and strong to damaging winds to portions of Southern New England Saturday Morning through Saturday Night with strong winds lingering into Sunday Morning..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ of snow and wind gusts to 35 MPH. It is noted that model trends may shift a bit further east which could increase snow amounts in this area and bring accumulating snow to other parts of Northwest and North-Central Massachusetts where currently 1-3″ of snow is expected. Other areas will see a brief period of snow as the system winds down over the region..
..Strong to damaging winds may require Wind Advisories in future updates to portions of Southern New England..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the winter storm potential for Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning. Another more complete coordination message will be posted by 1030 PM Friday Evening. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Snowfall Maps and Area Forecast Discussion..

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.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 – Wednesday 3/9/22 Light Snow Event

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..A light snowfall may impact the evening commute with a few slippery spots particularly later this afternoon and evening during the evening commute. A widespread coating to 2″ of snow is likely across Southern New England with a few locations receiving 2-3″ of snow with isolated higher amounts in higher terrain locations of interior Southern New England..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall amounts and any impact to area roads for later Wednesday Afternoon and early evening. This is the only coordination message on this light snowfall. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Snowfall Maps and Area Forecast Discussion..

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

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.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 – Monday Evening 3/7/22-Tuesday Morning 3/8/22 – Strong Wind Potential

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..Cold frontal passage will bring a period of strong to damaging winds to portions of Southern New England Monday Night into early Tuesday Morning with even a few thunderstorms possible..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 7 PM Monday Evening to 5 AM Tuesday Morning for Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk Counties of Massachusetts with a Wind Advisory in effect from 7 PM Monday Evening to 3 AM Tuesday Morning for Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher gusts possible. These winds could cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. Areas outside of the advisory area could have wind gusts around 40 MPH with isolated higher gusts..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for measured wind gusts 40 MPH or greater and wind damage potential. This will be the only coordination message as we shift into operations mode unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement, Area Forecast Discussion and Wind Gust Map..

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BOX&product=NPW&issuedby=BOX

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BOX&product=AFD&issuedby=BOX

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Gust Map:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/MaxWindGustMphISC_SFC10.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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