Special Announcement: 2021 National Hurricane Conference Virtual Amateur Radio Workshop – Tuesday June 15th, 2021 – Workshop Topics and Zoom Information

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Members of the Amateur Radio NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN team will be presenting at the 2021 National Hurricane Conference Virtual Amateur Radio Workshop on Tuesday June 15th, 2021 from 1030 AM-1210 PM EDT and 130-500 PM EDT. The topics lineup for the workshop as well as the Zoom information details are listed below:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/National-Hurricane-Conference-2021-Session-and-Schedule-Information.pdf

The workshop will be recorded and added on to Youtube as well. We appreciate everyone’s support of the 2021 National Hurricane Conference Virtual Amateur Radio Workshop on Tuesday 6/15/21 as well as everyone’s support of the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN and Amateur Radio SKYWARN program!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Wednesday 6/9/21 Flood & Severe Weather Potential

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..Slow moving thunderstorms with a primary threat of frequent lightning, heavy rainfall and urban/poor drainage flood potential along with a secondary threat for strong to damaging winds and hail could affect much of interior Southern New England away from the southern and east coastal areas this Wednesday afternoon and evening anytime after 12 PM today and especially between 2-8 PM today as a cold front will push through the region late Wednesday Afternoon and Evening ending the heat and humidity..
..Intense Heat and Humidity will continue to affect the region today until the cold front passed through late Wednesday Afternoon and Evening. A Heat Advisory is in effect from 12 through 8 PM Wednesday for heat indices to 96 degrees for Northern Connecticut, North Central Rhode Island, Eastern Franklin, Eastern Hampden, Eastern Hampshire Southern Worcester, Western Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, North-Central Bristol and North-Central Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts. Use caution if exerting yourself outdoors including taking breaks to go into cooler areas and drink plenty of liquids in and close to the heat advisory areas to avoid heat illnesses..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation to monitor thunderstorms and their flood and isolated severe weather potential Wednesday Afternoon and Evening. This will be the only coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Heat Advisory Statement, and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

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

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

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

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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Tuesday 6/8/21 Flood & Severe Weather Potential

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..Slow moving thunderstorms with a primary threat of frequent lightning, heavy rainfall and urban/poor drainage flood potential as the primary threat along with a secondary threat for strong to damaging winds and hail could affect much of interior Southern New England north and west of a Boston to Providence line this Tuesday afternoon and evening anytime between 2-8 PM today..
..Intense Heat and Humidity will affect the region through Wednesday. A Heat Advisory is in effect through 8 PM Tuesday Evening for heat indices between 95-96 degrees for Northern Connecticut, North Central Rhode Island, Eastern Franklin, Eastern Hampden, Eastern Hampshire Southern Worcester, Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, North-Central Bristol and North-Central Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts. Use caution if exerting yourself outdoors including taking breaks to go into cooler areas and drink plenty of liquids in and close to the heat advisory areas to avoid heat illnesses..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation to monitor thunderstorms and their flood and isolated severe weather potential Tuesday Afternoon and Evening. This will be the only coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Heat Advisory Statement, and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

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

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

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

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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Friday 6/4/21 Severe Weather Potential

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..Isolated to Scattered Strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are possible today particularly in Western, and Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut and possibly into Northwest Rhode Island. Strong to damaging winds and heavy downpours leading to urban and poor drainage flooding are the main threats with hail as a secondary threat. Timeframe for the severe weather potential is after 12 PM today and especially in the 2-8 PM timeframe..
..Potential is contingent on sufficient clearing to allow for destabilization and satellite imagery shows partial clearing developing in western areas along with how well instability overlaps stronger wind field aloft to allow for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms to develop..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the severe weather potential this Friday Afternoon and Evening. This will be the only coordination message on today’s potential unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

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

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

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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Special Announcement: Start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Tuesday June 1st, 2021 marks the start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The 2021 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 2021 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/2021/06/2021_Atlantic_Hurricane_Season_NWS_Boston_PNS.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 2 AM EDT – Tuesday June 1st Tropical Weather Outlook is listed below:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/nhc_hurricane_season_start_tropical_weather_outlook.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/

Please use this time to prepare if a tropical system were to affect Southern New England and remember that the timely reporting of severe weather conditions during tropical systems can save lives and property and the NWS Boston/Norton forecaster and Amateur Radio teams appreciate all your support!

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)
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Special Announcement: 10th Anniversary of the June 1st, 2011 Massachusetts Tornado Outbreak

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We have reached the 10 year anniversary of a historic day in Southern New England Weather History. The June 1st, 2011 Massachusetts Tornado Outbreak will be a day long remembered in weather history. This announcement recaps the tornado outbreak and the lessons learned that apply today. This message is leveraged from prior anniversary messages with some updates.

The June 1st, 2011 event was forecasted by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman Oklahoma as far as 5 days out. This is very rare for New England to be in a convective outlook past 3 days. The outlook of ‘Slight Risk’ for severe weather would continue right up through June 1st. As we got into June 1st, a fast moving area of rapidly developing severe thunderstorms ahead of the warm front affected portions of Southern New Hampshire and Northeast Massachusetts producing large hail. These storms quickly moved out of area and were a sign of things to come and how explosive the atmosphere was on June 1st. Abundant sunshine and rapid heating and destabilization coupled with extremely strong wind shear values, set the stage for a historic major severe weather outbreak in Massachusetts and other parts of New England. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman Oklahoma issued a Mesoscale Convective Discussion highlighting the need for Tornado Watches for much of New York and New England. The Tornado Watches would be issued and supercell severe thunderstorms would move into Southern New England.

Initially the supercells produced very large hail including hail slightly over 4″ in diameter in East Windsor Massachusetts, Berkshire County, which may potentially set the new record for the commonwealth as far as hail size but no tornadic or wind damage activity through 400 PM. This is when the supercell began to take shape in Western Hampden County Massachusetts and set the stage for the large, long track EF-3 Tornado that traversed the area from Westfield to Charlton Massachusetts for a 38-mile long damage path and was on the ground for 70 minutes. Three smaller tornadoes occurred in Western and Central Massachusetts from additional supercells moving through the area. Another area of supercells went through Northern Worcester County into Middlesex and Suffolk Counties producing Golf Ball Sized hail and pockets of wind damage all the way into the Metro Boston area.

June 1st, 2011 underscored how important Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters are to the warning process and how the timely severe weather reporting can not only help the warning process but can also help saves lives. The near real-time reporting of the large EF-3 tornado touchdown with initial preliminary reports in Westfield including from Al Giguere Jr.-KB1VNH, the actual spotting of the EF3 Tornado by several Amateurs including KB1NOX-Richard Stewart who was in a car with several other Amateurs, Western Massachusetts SKYWARN Coordinator, Ray-W1NWS, and the amazing remote webcam footage from WWLP-TV channel 22 in Springfield Massachusetts helped to tell people that not only was this a radar detected tornado but that it was definitely on the ground and doing significant damage. It is quite likely that many lives were saved by this near realtime reporting of the tornado being on the ground.

Amateur Radio SKYWARN Nets were active on several Amateur Radio Repeaters including the 146.940-Mount Tom Repeater run by the Mount Tom Amateur Radio Club and with Amateur Radio members and SKYWARN Spotters from the Hampden County Radio Association also reporting into the net. The 146.970-Paxton Repeater run by the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Club was active for several hours as well. Both repeaters providing significant near realtime reporting for situational awareness and disaster intelligence purposes not only to the National Weather Service but also to the media, local, state and federal emergency management officials. The Amateur Radio Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP)/Echolink system on the echolink conference *NEW-ENG* node 9123/IRLP 9123 was also active with liaisons from various Amateur Radio nets reporting into the network. While not in the NWS Boston/Norton (formerly Taunton) Coverage Area, the 146.910-Mount Greylock Repeater was active with Berkshire County SKYWARN as run by Rick-WA1ZHM with Walt-N1DQU providing information from the net into NWS. Net Controls for the 146.940 Mount Tom Net were Bob Meneguzzo-K1YO and for the 146.970 Paxton Net, John Ruggiero-N2YHK. N9SC-Steve Craven provided a critical liaison link from the 146.970-Paxton Repeater Net to the 146.940-Mount Tom Net during the tornadic outbreak. Many Amateur Radio Operators and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters reported severe weather conditions despite being at risk from these powerful supercells. We are forever grateful for the reporting that helped save lives. The outpouring of damage assessment pictures and videos and reports near and after the event was unprecedented. This clearly helped Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), local and state emergency management perform their duties to try and bring as many resources to bear on the significant path of destruction carved out by the tornado outbreak.

For the victims, today is likely a painful reminder of what occurred and what loses they faced in terms of property damage and possibly lives lost. Our thoughts and prayers remain to all those people that are affected and we hope that they have fully recovered and moved on with their lives after this tornado outbreak.

For those not impacted by such a significant event as June 1st and not impacted severely by other significant severe weather events that have occurred over the past decade, this is a reminder that we must all be prepared for these significant weather situations that occur at low frequency but can be with high impact. The more self-sufficient and prepared we are, the easier the situation will be if we are faced with such a significant scenario if it comes our way and potentially occurs in a more widespread way. For those SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators who have not witnessed such severe weather, this is why we train and prepare because we never know the hour or day where a critical severe weather report can help the warning process and save lives.

On a personal level, we never want severe weather like this to happen but if it has to happen, the level of commitment, support and reporting of the situation in near realtime on June 1st with a high level of precision and quality but also in the quantity that the reports came through in our network is a testament to all of you for remaining dedicated and supportive of the National Weather Service SKYWARN program. It is an honor and a privilege for myself and many of our Amateur Radio SKYWARN Coordinators across the NWS Boston/Norton Coverage Area to serve as leaders of the program and we appreciate everything you do, as without all of you, we wouldn’t have the SKYWARN program we have today in our region. Having been the leader of the program for over 25 years, this was our finest hour in supporting the NWS office and saving lives and it couldn’t have been done without all of your support.

Given the 10-year anniversary, here are some stories from SKYWARN Spotters, Amateur Radio Operators and others from this day as collected in the last few days leading up to this year’s anniversary:

Steve Hooke – Norfolk County Task Force:
10 years ago today I responded to Brimfield with the Norfolk County Task Force to assist with search and rescue after the tornado hit. Only those who were there that night can really understand what we did and what we saw. The destruction was unimaginable. Those assigned to the task force that day have my ultimate respect.

Frank Cummings via the WX1BOX Facebook Page:
I visited a person in that area a few weeks after the storms. His house and property were essentially untouched. All that was left of his next door neighbor’s home was the foundation. and the devastation was widespread. The whole area looked like a game of Giant Pick Up Sticks – trees laying askew for as far as the eye could see and foundations left on lots stripped of almost vegetation. Terrible.

Gail Morrisey – Monson, MA – WX1BOX Twitter Feed:
I live three houses down from a tilted one and was home when it hit. Not a fun experience. The upside down house, Judy and Doug’s, were up the street from me. I learned to be a weather spotter from you after this.

Josh Adler – WX1BOX Twitter Feed:
Flew into these storms coming back from LAX to Logan. Single most turbulent flight I’ve ever been on. It was a wild ride!

Joe Sciacca – SKYWARN Spotter and Meteorologist for Precision Weather Forecasting, Inc.:
Here are my memories of June 1, 2011: I was a sophomore in high school at Austin Prep in Reading, MA. It was a Tuesday morning and I was on my way to school. Around 7:30 am I looked to the west and I saw huge overshooting cloud tops. I told my mom that today was going to be a dangerous severe weather day in Southern New England. Checking the radar before school started around 8, I saw a powerful line of thunderstorms in western New England moving east with hail reports. Little that I knew, that the hail was up to 4 inches in diameter. In my younger forecasting days, I had limited model data but the data that I had at the time indicated to me that this was going to be unusual setup. I saw alot of shear, a well mixed boundary layer, and high severe weather parameters. Around 10am or so, the line of thunderstorms moved into the Reading area and there was loud thunder and heavy rain. I checked the radar and satellite and saw clearing coming in from the west. When I saw the clearing sky, I upped my tornado threat to a 8/10 for central Southern New England. I told the kids in my class that a tornado will likely happen today in Western MA. They laughed and said “tornadoes don’t happen here”. As the afternoon went on, about 1 pm in my last class of the day I checked on the weather conditions in the region and I saw a tornado watch issued to our west I think in NY state. We had a entire afternoon of strong heating and destabilization of the atmosphere. Once school let out around 2 and on my way home closer to 3, I looked out to the west, and I saw massive cloud tops that I think were near 80 or so miles to my west from I-93 in Reading, MA. Once I got home, I tuned on the TV and then closer to 4, the tornado warnings started in western MA and it was several hours of live tornadoes on local TV stations like WHDH 7, NECN, WBZ, WCVB. At one point the EAS came on TV. That was insane for me who at the time was 16. It was impossible for me to do my homework that afternoon because of the severe weather and the excitement that I had of watching the TV meteorologist handle what was becoming a historic weather event locally. By time 10pm came, I remember the storms approached into Boston with a severe thundershower if I remember correctly. At this time I had to call it a day since I had school the next day.

We hope this remembrance makes people never forget what happened on June 1st 2011 and remind ourselves again that we must remain, prepared and vigilant especially here in New England where events such as June 1st can happen but on a low frequency basis. A June 1st 2011 video collage has been posted at our new WX1BOX Video Youtube Channel with the direct link listed below. Also listed below is the NWS Massachusetts Tornado Summary, the NWS June 1st, 2011 Facebook Graphic, the ARRL Story on the June 1st Tornado Outbreak, the NWS Taunton June 1st Local Storm Report and the Raw Storm log from the WX1BOX Amateur Radio Station.

Amateur Radio SKYWARN Video – June 1st, 2011:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFaB9pHgMWI&lc=UgwvRI3Kln5iNMTslMR4AaABAg

NWS Boston/Norton June 1st, 2011 Facebook Graphics:
https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/a.178319238929122.42608.122106561217057/1379858412108526/?type=3&theater
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/June-1st-2011-Massachusetts-Tornado-Outbreak.jpg

NWS Boston/Norton Local Storm Reports 6/1/11:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/lsr_6_1_11.txt

NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statement – Tornado Classifications from 6/1/11:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PNS_Jun_1_2011_BOX_TOR.pdf

ARRL Story from 6/1/11 – Central Massachusetts Experiences Rare Tornado, Area Hams Hasten to Help:
http://www.arrl.org/news/central-massachusetts-experiences-rare-tornado-area-hams-hasten-to-help

NWS Boston/Norton-WX1BOX Raw Amateur Radio Storm Log:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/storm_reports.txt

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 – Friday Night 5/28/21-Saturday Morning 5/29/21 Heavy Rainfall/Strong Wind Gust Potential

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..Strong storm system to bring a soaking rainfall of 1-2.5″ of rain with isolated higher amounts to all of Southern New England and strong wind gusts of 40-50 MPH to Southeast New England. Updated coordination message includes a time extension of the Wind Advisory for the islands, updated rainfall map and a statement on some exposed shore road coastal flooding in localized areas..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect from 2 AM to 7 PM Saturday for Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket and is now expanded to include Barnstable County – Cape Cod for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Wind gusts of 35-45 MPH are likely across Southeast Coastal New England from roughly Plymouth Massachusetts to Westerly Rhode Island. With fully leaved trees, these winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..Up to half foot of water on most exposed coastal roads could occur in Eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands during the overnight high tide late Friday Night into Saturday Morning..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for rainfall reports, measured wind gusts of 40 MPH or greater and wind damage reports throughout this storm system. Additional rainfall is expected Sunday Afternoon into Monday Morning. This will be the last coordination message unless a significant update to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement, Area Forecast Discussion, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, and Rainfall Map..

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

NWS Boston/Norton Coastal Flood Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.KBOX.html

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

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

NWS Boston/Norton Rainfall Map:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/StormTotalQPF_SFC.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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Special Announcement: WX4NHC On-Air Test Saturday 5/29/21 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT – WX4NHC Will Be on Echolink *WX_TALK*/IRLP 9219 – 5/29/21 4-5 PM EDT

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WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, will be active with its on air-test Saturday 5/29/21 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT (1300-2100z). They will be on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system from 4-5 PM EDT (2000-2100 UTC) Saturday 5/29/21. A link to the WX4NHC On-Air Test Announcement as well as an announcement regarding the virtual Amateur Radio Workshop tied to the National Hurricane Conference from the ARRL and Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, WD4R-Julio Ripoll, is listed below:

SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX006
ARLX006 Annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test Set for Saturday, May
29

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Special Bulletin 6 ARLX006
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 24, 2021
To all radio amateurs

SB SPCL ARL ARLX006
ARLX006 Annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test Set for Saturday, May
29

The annual WX4NHC station on-the-air test will be held on Saturday,
May 29, 1300 – 2100 UTC. The WX4NHC operators plan to be working
remotely again this year as the National Hurricane Center plans to
maintain all CDC COVID-19 pandemic protocols until the end of 2021.
The yearly exercise takes place just ahead of the official start of
the Atlantic Hurricane Season, June 1 – November 30. Assistant
WX4NHC Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R, said the event offers an
opportunity for radio amateurs worldwide to exercise the sorts of
communication capabilities available during severe weather.

“We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes,
exchanging signal reports and basic weather data (sunny, rain,
temperature, etc.) with any station in any location,” Ripoll said.

Participating stations may use HF, VHF, UHF, APRS, and Winlink, with
WX4NHC HF activity centering on the Hurricane Watch Net frequencies
of 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, depending on propagation, and will
operate elsewhere as conditions dictate. WX4NHC will also
participate in the VoIP Hurricane Net, 2000 – 2100 UTC.

As for the upcoming hurricane season, Ripoll said, “Even if you are
not directly affected by a hurricane situation, please volunteer to
monitor and relay reports; just one report can make a difference and
help save a life!”

In conjunction with the National Hurricane Conference next month,
the traditional Amateur Radio Workshop sessions will be held
virtually on Tuesday, June 15, 10:30 AM – 12 PM EDT and 1:30 – 5 PM
EDT. The sessions will be moderated by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director
of Operations, VoIP Hurricane Net, with Ripoll.

To access the Zoom meeting check-in, use the meeting ID 844 9788
6921, and the passcode 565708.
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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 #1 – Friday Night 5/28/21-Saturday Morning 5/29/21 Heavy Rainfall/Strong Wind Gust Potential

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..Strong storm system to bring a soaking rainfall of 1-2″ of rain with isolated higher amounts to all of Southern New England and strong wind gusts of 40-50 MPH to Southeast New England..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect from 2 AM to 2 PM Saturday for Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Wind gusts of 35-45 MPH are likely across Cape Cod and Southeast Coastal New England from roughly Plymouth Massachusetts to Westerly Rhode Island. With fully leaved trees, these winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for rainfall reports, measured wind gusts of 40 MPH or greater and wind damage reports throughout this storm system. Additional rainfall is expected Sunday Afternoon into Monday Morning. This will be the only coordination message unless a significant update to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement, Area Forecast Discussion, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, and Rainfall Map..

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

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

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

NWS Boston/Norton Rainfall Map:

http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/E2bQdqgVkAERQkk.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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Severe Weather Coordination Message #3 – Wednesday 5/26/21 Severe Weather Potential

Hello to all…

..Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms are likely late Wednesday Afternoon and Evening between 5-10 PM. Strong to damaging winds, hail, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall with urban and poor drainage flooding are the main threats with an isolated tornado or two as a secondary threat.
..The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has continued Western Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut in a slight risk for severe weather and North-Central Connecticut, Northwest Rhode Island and Central and Northeast Massachusetts in a marginal risk for severe weather for Wednesday..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the severe weather potential for late Wednesday Afternoon and Evening..

Wednesday will feature warm and humid conditions as winds turn to the southwest with a pre-frontal trough and cold front moving into Southern New England Wednesday Afternoon and Wednesday Night. This will set the stage for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms in portions of Western and Central New England. The headlines depict the current thinking and conditions are more favorable than we saw on Sunday where no strong to severe thunderstorms developed. Key factors include:

1.) Timing of the cold front through portions of Southern New England. The timing now is expected to be a bit past peak heating after 5-6 PM which could reduce the threat a bit particularly for an isolated tornado or two but with strong wind shear and full sun for the entire today, there remains the threat for some organized isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms in the region.
2.) Amount of instability in the region with sunshine allowing for destabilization is in place in the region so this factor is met.
3.) Wind shear profiles will be favorable for some level of organization to any strong to severe thunderstorms that can develop with the possibility for rotating storms and a secondary threat for an isolated tornado or two but given the timing of the front, these conditions will have to overcome some lessening instability past peak heating of the day.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the severe weather potential for Wednesday Afternoon and Evening. This will be the last coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, 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 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
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