Storm Coordination Message #1 – Sunday Morning 12/16/18-Monday Morning 12/17/18 Light Wintry Mix Potential

Hello to all…

..Storm system will cause a light wintry mix in Northern and Western Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut Sunday Morning into Monday Morning and some strong wind gusts to 40 MPH over Cape Cod and the Islands..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 6 AM Sunday Morning to 7 AM Monday Morning for Hartford County Connecticut and Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for a coating to 2″ of snow and around one-tenth of an inch of ice. Trends will be monitored in case a stronger storm solution occurs resulting in heavier snow and ice amounts..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor conditions Sunday into Monday. Another Coordination Message will be posted by 9 AM Sunday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Special Weather Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snow and Ice Maps..

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Special Weather Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Snow and Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

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 – Saturday Evening 12/1/18-Sunday Morning 12/2/18 Light Icing Potential

Hello to all…

..As SKYWARN Recognition Day 2018 winds down, we’ll monitor incing conditions during the late Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning hours in Northern and Western Massachusetts and possibly extend into Northern Connecticut..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 10 PM Saturday Evening through 700 AM Sunday for Eastern Franklin, Eastern Hampshire and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and a Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 10 PM Saturday Evening through 1000 AM Sunday Morning for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden Counties of Massachusetts for less than 1″ of snow but a trace to one-quarter inch of icing. This will create icy conditions on roadways. The icing should stay below damaging thresholds but isolated pockets of tree and wire damage is possible if icing meets or exceeds 1/4″ of icing..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor icing conditions in the Winter Weather Advisory area extending into Northwest Connecticut. This will be the only coordination message unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and snow and ice maps..

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Snow and Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

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: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2018 Friday Evening 11/30/18 at 7 PM Through Saturday 12/1/18 at 7 PM

Hello to all..

**The following is an updated announcement on SKYWARN Recognition Day 2018. There have been updates to our 2m/440 MHz repeater schedule, update to the NWS offices on the VOIP system and updated DMR and DSAR info.**

The following is a special announcement on SKYWARN Recognition Day 2018. This announcement will be updated either Thursday Evening 11/29/18 or Friday Morning 11/30/18.

Announcement text is listed below:

The National Weather Service in Boston/Norton Amateur Radio Station, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2018. In addition, for the twelfth straight year, the National Weather Service Gray, Maine Office will also be active under call-sign, WX1GYX. The Boston Amateur Radio Club will also be active as they have been over the past several years at the Blue Hill Observatory under call-sign WX1BHO from 9 AM-3 PM Saturday December 1st, 2018.

This will be the 20th year of SKYWARN Recognition Day and its anticipated that 80-100 NWS Forecast Offices will be participating once again this year. A Web link to information on SKYWARN Recognition Day can be seen at the following link:

http://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

WX1BOX will be monitoring the *NEW-ENG3* conference node 9123/IRLP 9123 system throughout the SRD event from 7 PM-12 AM Friday Evening 11/30/18 and from 7 AM-7 PM Saturday 12/1/18. Our HF station will be active on the various HF bands during the same time period. What bands/modes we operate on will be dependent on propagation and operator availability. We will attempt to announce the different HF frequencies will be on via our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as on the DX Spotter/cluster system dxsummit.fi for people that wish to contact us on HF.

The following is a schedule of repeaters that will be utilized along with simplex being utilized during certain timeframes on Friday Evening 7 PM-12 AM and Saturday 7 AM-7 PM at WX1BOX. We hope Amateurs will utilize this schedule and try and work WX1BOX during these various timeframes. If you don’t hear NWS, feel free to call for WX1BOX and if the office is monitoring, a response will be given. When you make contact, give your current sky condition and temperature as required. Below is the tentative schedule of operations:

Friday November 30th, 2018:
7:00-7:30 PM: 146.970-Paxton Repeater (PL: 114.8 Hz)
7:30-8:00 PM: 147.180-Bridgewater Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz) and 444.500 (PL 88.5 Hz) (Both 2m/440 frequencies are linked together)
8:00-8:30 PM: 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
8:30-9:00 PM: 146.955-Westford Repeater (PL: 74.4 Hz)
9:00-9:30 PM: 146.790-Vernon, CT Repeater (PL: 82.5 Hz) (linked via IRLP.)
9:30-10:00 PM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz) (likely linked via Echolink)
10:00-10:30 PM: 146.760-Scituate, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz) (Primary), KA1RCI Repeater System (Alternate)
10:30-11:00 PM: 145.470-Danvers, MA Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)
11:00-11:30 PM: 146.955-Barnstable, MA Repeater PL: 88.5 or 147.375-Falmouth Repeater PL: 110.9
11:30 PM-12:00 AM: 146.640-Waltham Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)

**Will Attempt to monitor both the New England Network and the *WX-TALK*/IRLP Reflector 9219 systems during this entire timeframe.
**It is possible we may switch off to different repeaters or simplex during time slots if we run out of contacts.

Saturday December 1st, 2018:
7:00-8:30 AM: 146.595 Simplex
8:30-9:00 AM: Litchfield County Linked System via KB1AEV repeater system
9:00-9:30 AM: 145.230-Boston Repeater (PL: 88.5 Hz)
9:30-10:00 AM: 146.640-Waltham Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
10:00-11:00 AM: NWS Boston/Norton will participate in the Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net
11:00-11:30 AM: 146.895-Walpole Repeater (PL: 123.0 Hz)
11:30-12:00 PM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz)
12:00-12:30 PM: 145.470-Danvers Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)
12:30-100 PM: 146.790-Vernon, CT Repeater (Linked via IRLP.)
1:00-1:30 PM: 146.595 Simplex
1:30-2:00 PM: 146.595 Simplex
2:00-2:30 PM: 146.685-Plymouth Repeater (PL: 131.8 Hz)
2:30-3:00 PM: KA1RCI Repeater System or 146.760-Scituate RI Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
3:00-3:30 PM: 146.955-Barnstable (PL: 88.5 Hz) or 147.375-Falmouth Repeater (PL: 110.9 Hz)
3:30-4:00 PM: 146.955-Westford Repeater (PL: 74.4 Hz)
4:00-4:30 PM: 146.970-Paxton Repeater (PL: 114.8 Hz)
4:30-5:00 PM: 147.225-Whitman Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
5:00-5:30 PM: 146.760-Scituate, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
5:30-6:00 PM: 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
6:00-6:30 PM: 147.180-Bridgewater Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
6:30-7:00 PM: 145.37-Gardner/145.45-Fitchburg/147.39 Repeaters via IRLP 9122

**Will Attempt to monitor both the New England Network and the *WX-TALK*/IRLP Reflector 9219 systems during this entire timeframe.
**It is possible we may switch off to different repeaters or simplex during time slots if we run out of contacts.

For this year, we will not actively rove 6m repeaters. We may check-in periodically on the 53.31-Mount Wachusett Repeater and the 53.17 Portsmouth, RI KA1RCI Repeater systems.
For this year, there will be an operating a net on the NEDECN Skywarn Talkgroup on DMR from 9 AM-Noon Saturday December 1st with the WX1GYX-NWS Gray Maine and WX1BOX-NWS Boston/Norton offices.

The following is information on EchoLink/IRLP operations during SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system. Further updates to follow as we get closer to the event. See the list of NWS offices below:

Time in UTC NWS Office Call-Sign
0000-0100: N0NWS (New NWS Office for This Year)
0100-0200: WX1GYX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0200-0300: WX4MLB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0300-0400: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0400-0500: WX9GRB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0500-0600: WX9LOT (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0700-0800: WX8APX (New NWS Office for this year)
0800-0900: WX8APX (New NWS Office for this year)
0900-1000: Open
1000-1100: Open
1100-1200: Open
1200-1300: W7NWS (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1300-1400: WX2PHI (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1400-1500: WX1AW (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1500-1600: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1600-1700: WX4NC (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1700-1800: WX2PHI (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1800-1900: WX6LOX (New NWS Office for this year)
1900-2000: K0MPX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2000-2100: WX4MLB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2100-2300: WX4NHC (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2300-2400: WX6NWS (Confirmed time slot for this year)

Here are the details on the DSTAR/DMR resources that will be available for SRD:

D-STAR Smart Groups:
WXNET1 in New York – Login command WXNET1, Logoff command WXNET1 T
WXNET2 in California – Login command WXNET2, Logoff command WXNET2 T

D-STAR Reflectors:
XLX307W in Wyoming – Link commands XRF307WL, DCS307WL or REF307WL
XLX735W in New York – Link commands XRF735WL, DCS735WL or REF735WL

DMR BM 31680

There will be other conference systems utilized for SKYWARN Recognition Day. They are as follows:

The New England Reflector Gateway System will be utilized by the NWS Boston/Norton, Mass. and NWS Gray, Maine offices from 0000-0500 UTC and 1200-2400 UTC. The New England Gateway system is on EchoLink Conference server *NEW-ENG3* Node: 9123, IRLP reflector 9123. If other NWS offices would like to join the system, they are welcome to do so and participants in SKYWARN Recognition Day can also use that system to make contact with various NWS offices. This is a great place to move off the *WX_TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system after your scheduled time if other Amateurs or NWS offices whish to make contact with you.

Also, the Western Reflector will be having NWS offices calling CQ as in past years and have multiple reflector channels and Echolink conferences available. There is reflector 9250/Echolink Conference *HI-GATE* node: 357564, IRLP 9251 and the *WORLD* Echolink Conference node: 479886, IRLP 9257/*DCF-ARC* Echolink Conference node: 336037 and IRLP 9258/EchoLink Conference *NV-GATE* Node: 152566 open for NWS offices. Please contact Kent-W7AOR for additional information on the Western Reflector.

A few technical reminders for folks interested in making contacts with the NWS Forecast Offices on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 and New England Reflector Gateway IRLP 9123/*NEW-ENG3* Echolink Node: 9123 systems:

-The system allows both EchoLink and IRLP connections. For EchoLink users, you connect to the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203 conference system. For IRLP users, you would connect to IRLP reflector 9219.

-If you are using EchoLink, the RF node or PC that you’re using must have EchoLink conferencing disabled. If it is not disabled, the system will automatically kick the node or PC off of the system. The reason this occurs is to prevent unintentional interference from a conferencing station that may not know the node is connected somewhere else. This will keep traffic moving on the net and reduce interference considerably.

For more information on VoIP Technical Configuration Tips, please go to our web site at http://www.voipwx.net where we have a link to that information on the main menu of the web site. This announcement will also be on the web site.

We are looking forward to another fun SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 system, New England Reflector Gateway system and Western Reflector system. Thanks to all for their 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)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Monday Evening 11/26/18 – Tuesday Morning 11/27/18 Coastal Storm Potential

Hello to all…

..Yet another strong storm system to bring another soaking rainfall with urban and poor drainage flooding possible, strong to damaging winds, minor coastal flooding and even some snow and ice to extreme Northwest Massachusetts..
..A High Wind Warning is now in effect from 9 PM Monday Evening through 5 AM Tuesday Morning for Eastern Plymouth County Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 25 to 35 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. A Wind Advisory is now in effect for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Southeast Middlesex and Eastern Norfolk Counties of Massachusetts from 8 PM Monday Evening through 6 AM Tuesday Morning for sustained winds of 15 to 25 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher gusts in the Blue Hill area of Eastern Norfolk County. A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 8 PM Monday Evening to 4 AM Tuesday Morning for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Block Island Rhode Island for sustained winds of 15-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. These winds will have the potential to cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts including Cape Cod and Nantucket Island through 5 AM Tuesday Morning for the overnight high tide cycle. Coastal flooding will likely be largely minor with the most vulnerable shore roads flooded during high tide both at midday and overnight..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for Western Franklin County Massachusetts from 8 PM Monday Evening through 10 AM Tuesday Morning for 1-5″ of snow and a trace to one-tenth of an inch of ice particularly at elevations around or above 1500 feet with wind gusts up to 35 MPH. Other higher terrain areas of Western Massachusetts are expected to be below Winter Weather Advisory levels but this will be monitored closely..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the various facets of this storm particularly tonight into Tuesday Morning..

Another strong storm system is expected to affect the region tonight into Tuesday Morning. The headlines depict the latest on the storm potential with some adjustments to the High Wind Watch area being converted to a High Wind Warning and Wind Advisories being posted in Northeast Coastal Massachusetts through Southeast Middlesex and Eastern Norfolk Counties. Winds with this storm system have the potential to be stronger than the last storm system but damage potential should be more limited owing to no leaves on the trees. Another 1-1.5 inches of rain for the area will add to already soaked grounds and may result in urban and poor drainage flooding. The lowest confidence portion of the forecast remains any snow potential in Northwest Massachusetts as just a degree or two in temperature and slightly different timing in the changeover in precipitation will result in significant changes in snow totals in this area.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the various facets of this storm particularly tonight into Tuesday Morning. This will be the last coordination message on this storm system as we shift to operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement, Coastal Flood Advisory Statement, Winter Weather Advisory statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snow and Ice Maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

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

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Snow and Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

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 – Monday Evening 11/26/18-Tuesday Morning 11/27/18 – Coastal Storm Potential

Hello to all…

..Yet another strong storm system to bring another soaking rainfall with urban and poor drainage flooding possible, strong to damaging winds, minor coastal flooding and even some snow and ice to extreme Northwest Massachusetts..
..A High Wind Watch is now in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands including the Metro Boston area for sustained winds of 25 to 35 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 9 PM Monday Evening to 4 AM Tuesday Morning for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Block Island Rhode Island for sustained winds of 15-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. These winds will have the potential to cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts including Cape Cod and Nantucket Island from 10 AM Monday Morning through 5 AM Tuesday Morning for two high tide cycles, one at midday and one during the overnight hours. Coastal flooding will likely be largely minor with the most vulnerable shore roads flooded during high tide both at midday and overnight..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for Western Franklin County Massachusetts from 8 PM Monday Evening through 10 AM Tuesday Morning for 1-5″ of snow and a trace to one-tenth of an inch of ice particularly at elevations around or above 1500 feet with wind gusts up to 35 MPH. Other higher terrain areas of Western Massachusetts are expected to be below Winter Weather Advisory levels but this will be monitored closely..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the various facets of this storm particularly tonight into Tuesday Morning..

Another strong storm system is expected to affect the region tonight into Tuesday Morning. The headlines depict the latest on the storm potential. Winds with this storm system have the potential to be stronger than the last one particularly along east and south coastal New England. Another 1-1.5 inches of rain for the area will add to already soaked grounds and may result in urban and poor drainage flooding. The lowest confidence portion of the forecast is any snow potential in Northwest Massachusetts as just a degree or two in temperature and slightly different timing in the changeover in precipitation will result in significant changes in snow totals in this area.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the various facets of this storm particularly tonight into Tuesday Morning. Another coordination message will be posted by 900 PM Monday Evening. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton High Wind Watch Statement, Coastal Flood Advisory Statement, Winter Weather Advisory statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snow and Ice Maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

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

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Snow and Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

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 Evening 11/24/18-Sunday Evening 11/25/18 – Heavy Rain/Strong Wind/Minor Coastal Flooding Potential

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..Strong storm system on track for tonight through early Sunday Evening will bring a soaking rainfall with urban and poor drainage flooding as the main threats, this may start as a period of light freezing rain in Northwest and North-Central Massachusetts, strong winds to portions of Southeast Coastal New England and a round of minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide during midday Sunday..
..A Wind Advisory remains in effect from 3 AM-7 PM Sunday for Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Other parts of East and South Coastal Massachusetts could see wind gusts in the 35-45 MPH range. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 AM-3 PM Sunday for East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket for minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide resulting in the most vulnerable shore roads becoming flooded within an hour or two of the midday Sunday high tide..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm system for tonight through Sunday Evening..

A storm system remains on track to affect Southern New England tonight through early Sunday Evening. The headlines depict the current thinking on storm impacts. A Special Weather Statement has been issued to highlight the potential for patchy icing this evening in Western and North-Central Massachusetts and after Midnight in interior Northeast Massachusetts. Current model projections keep the wind gusts in current ranges across the Wind Advisory area and coastal areas outside of the Wind Advisory area with the potential for minor coastal flooding during the Sunday midday high tide.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm system for tonight through Sunday Evening. This will be the last coordination message for the storm system affecting the region tonight through early Sunday Evening unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement, Coastal Flood Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:

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

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

NWS Boston/Norton Special Weather Statement – Freezing Rain/Black Ice Potential:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.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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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Saturday Evening 11/24/18-Sunday Evening 11/25/18 – Heavy Rain/Strong Wind/Minor Coastal Flooding Potential

Hello to all…

..Strong storm system for tonight through early Sunday Evening will bring a soaking rainfall with urban and poor drainage flooding as the main threats, this may start as a period of light freezing rain in Northwest and North-Central Massachusetts, strong winds to portions of Southeast Coastal New England and a round of minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide during midday Sunday..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 3 AM-7 PM Sunday for Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Other parts of East and South Coastal Massachusetts could see wind gusts in the 35-45 MPH range. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect from 10 AM-3 PM Sunday for East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket for minor coastal flooding at the time of high tide resulting in the most vulnerable shore roads becoming flooded within an hour or two of the midday Sunday high tide..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm system for tonight through Sunday Evening..

A storm system will affect Southern New England tonight through early Sunday Evening. The headlines depict the current thinking on storm impacts. There are few key factors that will bear watching with this storm system and they are as follows:

1.) There could be a period of freezing rain in Northwest and North-Central Massachusetts. Just a small amount of freezing rain can result in higher impacts with respect to travel conditions. Also, the recent extreme cold conditions may allow for the rain to freeze on contact even with temperatures slightly above freezing given the extreme cold of the past few days and the fact the precipitation will fall during the evening.
2.) The storm system has been trending a bit stronger in recent runs and this could affect wind and coastal flood potential as well as the extent and locations of the heaviest rainfall. This will bear watching as we approach the storm event.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm system for tonight through Sunday Evening. Another coordination message will be posted by 7 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement, Coastal Flood Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:

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

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

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.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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Snow Squall Strong Wind and Wind Chill/Bitter Cold Coordination Message #1 – Wednesday 11/21/18-Thanksgiving Day 11/22/18 – Snow Squall, Strong Wind, Bitter Cold and Wind Chill Potential

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..On behalf of the entire NWS Boston/Norton staff and the WX1BOX Amateur Radio Team, Happy Thanksgiving to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators! We are forever grateful for all the reports that help the severe weather warning process and provide the ground truth of weather conditions actually happening on the ground during severe weather events..
..Localized snow squalls are possible today in Southern New England particularly between 3 and 8 PM. While the greatest risk for snow squalls is in Northern New England, there is a risk for these snow squalls in Southern New England with the greatest risk in Western and Northern Massachusetts nearest the more favorable environment in Northern New England though any localized area in Southern New England may see a snow squall..
..A Wind Chill Advisory is now in effect from 4-10 AM Thanksgiving Morning for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire and Western Hampden counties for wind chills as low as 15 below zero. Areas out side of the Wind Chill Advisory could see wind chills 5 above to 10 below zero overnight Wednesday into Thanksgiving morning and early afternoon making for bitterly cold conditions particularly for this time of year. Anyone doing outdoor activities Wednesday Night and Thursday should dress warmly and in layers over this timeframe..
..Winds are expected to stay below wind advisory criteria but are expected to gust in the 35-45 MPH range causing bitter cold wind chills. A pocket or two of isolated tree and wire damage may occur with these winds..
..Additional Snow squalls in the form of ocean effect are possible in the Outer Cape as very cold winds over warm ocean waters provide some enhancement tonight and Thanksgiving Day. This is expected to result right now in a coating-1 inch of snow but will be monitored in future updates..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong winds and snow squall activity for Wednesday Afternoon and Wednesday Night and the strong winds through Thursday Morning. This will likely be the only coordination message on the snow squall, strong wind and bitter cold temperatures for the Thanksgiving period unless a significant upgrade occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Wind Chill Advisory Statement, Special Weather Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Facebook Infographics..

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Chill Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Special Weather Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Facebook Infographics:
https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1970163543078007/1970159873078374/?type=3&theater

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 – Late Monday Night 11/19/18-Tuesday 11/20/18 Winter Storm Potential

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..Another round of accumulating snowfall is expected for northwest and north-central Southern New England overnight into Tuesday. As we approach Wednesday and into Thanksgiving, bitterly cold temperatures will grip the region with strong winds and the possibility of snow squalls in localized areas Wednesday Afternoon and Evening..
..A Winter Weather Advisory from 10 PM Monday Night through 5 PM Tuesday Evening for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 2-4″ of snow with isolated higher amounts of up to 6″ in higher elevation locations. Some sleet and freezing rain may mix in with the snow during the day Tuesday..
..Areas outside of the Winter Weather Advisory area north of the Mass Pike may see a coating to 2″ of snow accumulation with mostly rain occurring in these locations and pretty much all rain south of the Mass Pike..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Net call-ups will monitor snowfall reports and changeover in precipitation type for Tuesday. SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong winds and localized snow squalls for Wednesday Afternoon and Evening..

Another round of accumulating snowfall is expected in northwest and north-central Massachusetts as another storm system will have just enough cold air in place to allow for this to occur. The headlines depict the latest thinking for snowfall late Monday Night into Tuesday.

As we look ahead to the busiest travel day of the year on Wednesday and into Thanksgiving, travelers will need to be on the lookout for localized snow squalls that may impact travel in isolated locations as well as strong wind gusts up to 40 MPH. In addition, bitterly cold conditions more like mid-winter will affect the region Wednesday Night into Thursday so dressing in multiple layers will be essential for any outdoor activities. Future coordination messages will detail weather conditions for Wednesday into Thanksgiving.

SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Net call-ups will monitor snowfall reports and changeover in precipitation type for Tuesday. SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong winds and localized snow squalls for Wednesday Afternoon and Evening. This will likely be the only coordination message for Tuesday’s storm system unless a significant upgrade occurs and time allows for an update. Another coordination message focusing on the weather for Wednesday into Thanksgiving will be posted Tuesday Evening. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and the snow and ice accumulation maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Snow and Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

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 #3A – Thursday Late Afternoon 11/15/18-Friday Morning 11/16/18 Winter Storm Potential

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*Corrected to add Worcester County to the Winter Storm Warning. Amateur Radio Net monitoring will start 5-6 PM in the west and by 8 PM in Eastern areas.*

..First widespread accumulating snow and ice is on track for much of interior Southern New England late Thursday Afternoon through Friday Morning with strong to damaging winds on the Cape and Islands and East Coastal Massachusetts. There has been a significant upgrade to the storm scenario necessitating a coordination message update..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 4 PM Thursday Afternoon through 7 AM Friday Morning for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Providence County RI, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, North-Central Middlesex and Western Essex Counties of Massachusetts for 4-7″ of snow and a light glaze to one-tenth of an inch of ice. The snow and ice may be heavy enough to cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 6 PM Thursday Evening through 2 AM Friday Morning for Eastern Essex, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk Counties of Massachusetts for 2-6″ of snow and a coating of ice with wind gusts in the 40-50 MPH range possible. At the coast, snow amounts may be closer to 1-2″ of snow. The snow and strong winds are likely sufficient to cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 7 PM Thursday Evening to 1 AM Friday Morning for Rhode Island and Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for 2-6″ of snow away from the coast with 1-2″ of snow at the coast and ice accumulations of a coating with wind gusts in the 35-40 MPH range. The snow and winds may be sufficient to cause isolated pockets of tree and power line damage and isolated power outages..
..A High Wind Warning is now in effect from Midnight to 9 AM Friday for Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts in the 55-60 MPH range. A Wind Advisory is now in effect from Midnight to 9 AM Friday for Eastern Essex, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk and Eastern Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 15-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. These winds will have the potential to cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm with potential Amateur Radio call-up nets on various SKYWARN frequencies for snow and ice totals and changeover in precipitation types and any tree and wire damage from snow and ice during Thursday Night and again for final totals and reports Friday Morning. Will also monitor the wind damage potential in East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands..

The first widespread accumulating snow and ice particularly for interior Southern New England and possibly some coastal areas is still expected late Thursday Afternoon into Friday Morning. There have been some changes where models are indicating a bit more snow then ice over portions of interior areas and this trips the snowfall amounts into Winter Storm Warning criteria. Also, some of the advisory areas have had their snow totals increased as well. The headlines depict the latest thinking. Key items to be resolved remains that there is a warm layer of air between the cold surface and colder temperatures aloft. Various factors in how thick this temperature layer is, how cold temperatures are and how heavy the precipitation is will determine how much snow versus ice falls and where the rain-snow line sets up before the rain-snow line eventually moves through Southern New England changing precipitation to ice and light rain before ending.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the storm with potential Amateur Radio call-up nets on various SKYWARN frequencies for snow and ice totals and changeover in precipitation types and any tree and wire damage from snow and ice during Thursday Night and again for final totals and reports Friday Morning. Will also monitor the wind damage potential in East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. This will be the last coordination message as we move into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Weather Advisory Statement, High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snowfall/Ice maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Snow and Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

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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