Storm Coordination Message #3A

Hello to all….

…..A brief update on the storm situation. The Strongest Winds have been delayed 4-6 Hours. Winds will pick up toward mid-late morning with the strongest winds with the potential for hurricane force winds over portions of Cape Cod and the Islands expected toward mid-late afternoon….
…..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will still start around 7 AM but will be fairly informal until 9-10 AM this morning. Please see Storm Coordination Message #3 for complete data including links for latest watches and warnings….

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org
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Storm Coordination Message #3

Hello to all….

….Noel is transitioning into a large and powerful extratropical ocean storm and will bring damaging winds to much of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island with hurricane force wind gusts possible over Cape Cod and the Islands. Significant urban and poor drainage flooding with some level of river and stream flooding is also possible and there is a threat for moderate Coastal Flooding over Cape Cod and the Islands….
….A High Wind Warning is in effect from 6 AM to 9 PM Saturday for Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island….
….A High Wind Warning is in effect from 4 AM to Midnight Saturday for Cape Cod and the Islands….
….A Wind Advisory is in effect from 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday for Southeast New Hampshire, Central Massachusetts and North-Central and Northeast Connecticut….
….A Flood Watch is in effect from Saturday Morning through Saturday Evening for Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts from Boston and Norfolk County south to the coast….
….A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect from Saturday Morning through Saturday Evening for the morning and evening high tide cycles for Cape Cod and the Islands….
….Hurricane Force Wind Warnings and Storm Warnings are in effect for the Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastlines. See Hazardous Weather Outlook for specific areas for coastal warnings….
….Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s State EOC and Region Two HQ will be doing a limited activation starting at 7 AM with RACES support….
….Local ARES/RACES Groups should closely monitor the progress of this significant ocean storm and seek advice from local ARES and RACES leadership on any possible activation….
….SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will occur starting at 7 AM Saturday and last through late Saturday Night/early Sunday Morning….

Noel has transitioned into a large and powerful extratropical ocean storm and the National Hurricane Center has issued it’s a last advisory. The storm is now undergoing intensification as an extratropical system and models have tracked slightly further west that previous runs. The strong wind field and heavy rain area will extend well beyond the center of the system. Given this information, High Wind Warnings, Wind Advisories, Flood Watches and Coastal Flood Watches have been issued and this coordination message will detail the various items.

A High Wind Warning is in effect from 6 AM to 9 PM Saturday for Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In Southeast Coastal Massachusetts from roughly Mattapoisett to Plymouth, sustained winds of around 40 MPH with gusts to 70 MPH are expected with the peak of the strongest winds expected in the late morning through the afternoon. In the Boston to Providence corridor, sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH are possible Saturday Afternoon. Winds will be somewhat less farther inland but will still be sufficient to cause wind damage in this area.

A High Wind Warning is in effect from 4 AM to 12 AM Saturday for Cape Cod and the Islands. In this area, the potential exists for hurricane force wind gusts with gusts as high as 85 MPH possible across the Outer Cape and Nantucket with sustained winds of 40-50 MPH. Across the upper Cape and Martha’s Vineyard, wind gusts of 75 MPH with sustained winds of 35-45 MPH are likely. In all areas, wind gusts of 40-50 MPH are expected to take hold near or shortly after daybreak.

A Wind Advisory is in effect from 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday for Southeast New Hampshire, Central Massachusetts and North-Central and Northeast Connecticut. In this area, sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH are possible with the strongest winds in the late morning to early afternoon hours.

A Flood Watch is now in effect from Saturday Morning through Saturday Evening for Southeast Massachusetts from the Boston area and Norfolk County south and east through Cape Cod and the Islands as well as Rhode Island. In these areas, 2-5” of rain is expected with isolated higher amounts. The heaviest rain will be over the south and east portions of the Flood Watch area. These rains would bring some flooding to rivers and streams but the more significant issue would be urban and poor drainage flooding over the region.

A Coastal Flood Watch is now in effect from Saturday Morning through Saturday Evening for the morning and evening high tide cycles for Cape Cod and the Islands. In this area, seas and winds may be sufficient to result in areas of moderate coastal flooding at the time of high tide. This will be contingent on water buildup in a short period of time for the morning high tide cycle and wind direction for the evening high tide cycle. Areas outside of the Coastal Flood Watch area may see some pockets of minor coastal flooding at the time of the evening high tide cycle.

Hurricane Force Wind Warnings and Storm Warnings are in effect for the Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastlines. Mariners should remain in port until this storm has safely passed. See the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook for specific areas that are under coastal warnings.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s State EOC and Region 2 HQ will be doing a limited activation starting at 7 AM with RACES support requested for these facilities. Local ARES/RACES groups should closely monitor the progress of this significant ocean storm and seek advice from local ARES and RACES leadership on any possible activation. Some local town/city EOC’s are going to be active for this significant storm starting Saturday Morning.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will occur starting at 7 AM Saturday and last through late Saturday Night/early Sunday Morning. We will be looking for reports per the SKYWARN reporting criteria from any and all Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters. We will be utilizing the New England Reflector system on EchoLink *NEW-ENG*/IRLP 9123 and monitoring various SKYWARN Frequencies throughout the day. The latest SKYWARN Frequency list can be seen on the NWS Taunton SKYWARN Home page by clicking http://www.wx1box.org and clicking the Southern New England SKYWARN Frequency listing off of the Main Menu. We will have AIM screen name WX1BOX active and will be able to receive text email messages via WX1BOX@winlink.org and any pictures and other larger emails through this email address.

Barring a significant shift in watches and warnings or significant delay in the storm’s onset, this will be the last coordination message for this event as we move into activation mode. Below are the links to the various NWS Taunton Watches/Warnings and Outlooks:

Flood Watch:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html

High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

Coastal Flood Watch/Updated Statements:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.KBOX.html

Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org
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Storm Coordinaton Message #2

Hello to all….

….Hurricane Noel is transitioning into a large and powerful extratropical ocean storm. As this ocean storm passes to the northeast of Southern New England, it will bring heavy rainfall, strong to damaging winds and the potential for pockets of moderate coastal flooding to north and east facing beaches of Southeastern New England….
….High Wind Watch Continues for Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island from Saturday Morning through Saturday Evening. Wind Advisories maybe required for areas outside of the High Wind Watch area….
….A Storm Warning is in effect for all coastal waters of East Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands. Mariners should remain in port as this potentially dangerous storm to marine interests approaches….
….Potential exists for 2-3” of rainfall with isolated higher amounts. The greatest threat for the heaviest rainfall will be across extreme Southeastern New England….
….Potential exists for a minor coastal flood event with the potential for pockets of moderate coastal flooding if strong winds of 55 Knots or greater impact portions of Cape Cod and the Islands and East Coastal Massachusetts….
….SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is likely Saturday for as long as an 18 hour period….

At 5 AM EDT, the latest National Hurricane Center advisory on Hurricane Noel indicated that Noel is growing in size and in the process of becoming a very large and powerful extratropical Ocean Storm. The advisory urges interests along the US East Coast from North Carolina northward to closely monitor the progress of Noel as it makes the transition to extratropical status and monitor products from local NWS Forecast Offices. It also urges people in the Canadian Maritimes to monitor products issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Please see advisories and discussions from the National Hurricane Center per the links below:

http://kamala.cod.edu/TPC/latest.wtnt31.KNHC.html Hurricane Noel Public Advisory

http://kamala.cod.edu/TPC/latest.wtnt41.KNHC.html Hurricane Noel Technical Discussion

http://kamala.cod.edu/TPC/latest.wtnt21.KNHC.html Hurricane Noel Forecast/Advisory

http://kamala.cod.edu/TPC/latest.font11.KNHC.html Hurricane Noel Wind Speed Probabilities

A High Wind Watch continues for Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island from Saturday Morning through Saturday Evening. The latest statement indicates the potential for sustained winds of 40-50 MPH with gusts to 75 MPH for Cape Cod and the Islands with sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH for much of the rest of the High Wind Watch area particularly near coastal areas. Winds of this magnitude are likely to cause widespread pockets of tree and power line damage with additional damage possible in Cape Cod and the Islands. The track of the transitioning to extratropical Noel will ultimately determine the intensity of the winds. A track closer to the coast would bring damaging winds more widespread over the region and result in the potential for more damage. A track further offshore would result in damaging winds confined to coastal areas. Tropical models bring the powerful ocean storm slightly closer to the coast than other models while non-tropical models bring it to a track similar to the NHC track of Noel.

A Storm Warning is in effect for all the coastal waters of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mariners should remain in port as the extratropical storm that was one Hurricane Noel has the potential to be a dangerous and life threatening storm to the coastal waters.

Heavy rainfall is expected across the region with the potential of widespread 2-3” rainfall amounts over Eastern New England with isolated higher amounts over Southeast New England. It is noted that the NHC Advisory highlighted isolated rainfall amounts of 6” for portions of Eastern New England. This will continued to be monitored.

Widespread Minor Coastal Flooding is possible across North and east facing beaches of Eastern Massachusetts. There is the potential for pockets of moderate coastal flooding if strong winds of 55 Knots or greater impact portions of Cape Cod and the Islands and East Coastal Massachusetts. If 55 Knot or greater winds were to occur, this would allow seas to build to 30 feet allowing for a greater threat of pockets of moderate coastal flooding.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is likely Saturday for as long as an 18 hour period. The next update will be issued by 1130 PM this evening. Below are links to the NWS Taunton High Wind Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Marine Weather Statement:

NWS Taunton High Wind Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Marine Weather Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fzus71.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Southern New England WX Conference Saturday 10/27/07

Hello to all…

The Southern New England Weather Conference will be held Saturday October 27th, 2007 at the Clay Center and Dexter-Southfield School located in Brookline, Massachusetts. This will be the 7th Annual all day conference and will feature a variety of weather topics with one of the key addresses concerning a discussion on Global Warming as well as weather forecasting for the Space Shuttle. More information on the Southern New England Weather Conference including a full agenda for this year and past presentations for previous years can be seen at the following link:

Southern New England Weather Conference

Current rates are student registration for 60 dollars and registration for adults at 75 dollars. If you intend on staying for dinner, there is an extra 35 dollar charge for the dinner. While these prices may seem high, this is an all-day conference where speakers are flown into support the endeavor so the costs defray travel expenses for speakers along with the meals provided as breakfast and lunch come with the original registration price. Similar conferences across the country typically go for much higher costs.

This is a great way to learn more about weather and Southern New England Weather in particular. There are also several other functions provided as part of the conference per the full agenda.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org
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Fall SKYWARN Training Class Tuesday September 18th in Taunton, Massacshusetts

Hello to all….

The Taunton Area Communications Group along with the National Weather Service in Taunton and Morton Hospital and Medical Center will be hosting a SKYWARN training class. Specific information is listed below:

Tuesday September 18th, 2007 7-10 PM:
Morton Hospital and Medical Center
Margaret Stone Conference Room
88 Washington Street
Taunton, Mass.

For More information, please contact Greg Glynn-W1VFB at w1vfb@arrl.net or Rob Macedo-KD1CY at kd1cy@arrl.net

Amateur Radio Operators, the public and spotters in need of retraining are cordially invited to this class.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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Roger Jeanfaivre-K1PAI, Hartford-Tolland, CT County SKYWARN Coordinator

Hartford-Tolland County, CT SKYWARN Coordinator Featured in Local Newspaper

Hello to all….

Roger Jeanfaivre-K1PAI, Hartford-Tolland County SKYWARN Corodinator was recently featured in an article in the New Britain Herald newspaper on June 13th, 2007. The New Britain Herald article and pictures of Roger are posted below:

Roger Jeanfaivre-K1PAI, Hartford-Tolland, CT County SKYWARN Coordinator
NEWINGTON – Although Roger Jeanfaivre has always had trouble seeing, he remembers being fascinated with lightning and weather when he was growing up.
His interest in weather continued even after he lost sight completely at the age of 24. While attending Oak Hill School for the Blind in Hartford, Jeanfaivre became interested in ham radio. After getting his license to operate one, Jeanfaivre would broadcast forecasts he made up.

“People used to think that I worked for the [National Weather Service],” Jeanfaivre said.
Now he does.

People turn to the weather service for information when severe weather strikes. To make sure its information is right, the National Weather Service turns to an organization of amateurs called Skywarn.
“Skywarn provides a very valuable service to the NWS,” said Betsey Doane, state section manager for the American Radio Relay League. “We can communicate quickly and directly and provide rapid response to information throughout the state.”

Skywarn is made up of independent ham radio operators who are also trained weather spotters. They report wind gusts, hail size, rainfall and cloud formations that signal severe weather.

“Spotters are the people outside during the day. Their weather tools are their ears and their eyes,” Jeanfaivre said. “The NWS radar is a few thousand feet up, so they can’t see what is happening on the ground.”

Roger Jeanfaivre-K1PAI, Hartford-Tolland, CT County SKYWARN Coordinator in his Ham shack
In 1994, Jeanfaivre became the state Skywarn coordinator and kept responsibility for Hartford and Tolland counties in a 2002 reorganization. He enjoys Skywarn because it allows him to blend two of his favorite hobbies, weather and ham radio, devices that work even when other forms of communication – computers and telephones or cell phones – do not.

Skywarn gathers firsthand reports of severe weather events and feeds them into local forecasts as quickly as it can. Anytime NWS issues a severe weather warning, Skywarn goes to work setting up nets.
“Nets are a gathering of radio amateurs,” Jeanfaivre said. “We gather and activate the net and use repeaters … A setup that takes a little signal and broadcasts it over a wider area which NWS can pick up. Because of the information that we’re giving them, NWS can issue a watch or a warning. That’s what the public sees on TV or hears over the radio.”

During recent thunderstorms, such as one that produced a funnel cloud in Southington and a tornado warning in New Haven County, Jeanfaivre and his team of spotters were at work, verifying the NWS radar images.
Thanks to the evolution of the Internet, NWS can get Skywarn reports in under a minute.

“In 1994 we weren’t tied into the Internet,” Jeanfaivre remembered. “With the betterment of the new technology, they can get our reports and it supplements what they see. NWS can link into our system and get the reports as they come in. It’s instantaneous.”

The work is “a joy” for Jeanfaivre.

“It’s combining my weather interests with my skills as a communicator,” Jeanfaivre said. “It’s enjoyable … We’re really not weather forecasters, we’re communicators, and it’s my job to get the information provided by the spotters to the NWS.”

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SKYWARN Training Westerly, RI This Wednesday June 20th

PRESS RELEASE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN TRAINING

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be conducting a severe weather spotter training session, part of its SKYWARN program, in Rhode Island in May.

The class will be on Wednesday June 20, 2007 from 7:00 PM.to 9:30 PM. The class will be held at the Westerly Middle School at 10 Sandy Hill Road off Route 1 in Westerly RI.

The session is open to the public at no charge. Emergency managers, police, fire, and other first responders are especially encouraged to attend. Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.

Each training session includes a two and one half hour computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for severe thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement. The session will also present the procedure for reporting weather information to the National Weather Service.

It is not necessary to pre-register for this training. However, if you have any questions about SKYWARN or the training sessions, please contact Bill Babcock, SKYWARN Program Leader, or Glenn Field, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at

508-823-1900 during normal business hours.

By Martin Mendelson n1jma
SKYWARN Coordinator for RI
401-294-5585
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Penny sized Hail in East Milford, NH photo provided by N1MEO-Fletcher Seagroves

Large Hail Hits Southern New England in June 5th Severe Weather Event

Hello to all….

SKYWARN was active with Ops at NWS Taunton as another round of Severe Thunderstorms affected the region on Tuesday June 5th with large hail up to Golf Ball size reported.

Penny sized Hail in East Milford, NH photo provided by N1MEO-Fletcher Seagroves In Hillsborough County, NH, Hillsborough County SKYWARN reported hail pea to quarter sized in several severe thunderstorms that rumbled through Central and Eastern Hillsborough County NH with the first round of storms around 1-2 PM and the second round from 230-315 PM that affected the Nashua and Hudson, NH area as storms moved in from Western and Central Massachusetts. Jim Blaine-WD4JZO and Fletcher Seagroves-N1MEO monitored the situation on the N1IMO linked repeater system.

Across Northern Connecticut, the town of Southington was hit hard with Hartford-Tolland County SKYWARN reporting Penny to Quarter sized hail and a report from NWS Brookhaven, NY of Golf Ball Sized hail damaging cars in Southington as well. SKYWARN was active on the 146.790-Vernon, CT repeater through the efforts of Hartford and Tolland County SKYWARN Coordinator, Roger Jeanfaivre-K1PAI.

Just outside of the NWS Taunton County Warning Area in the city of Naugatuck, CT, hail of up to golf ball size covered the ground to a depth of 5-6″. Hail covers the ground in Nagatuck, CT. Photo provided by Yvette Ciarcia and WTNH.com

Across Hampden and Worcester Counties, SKYWARN was active on the 146.94-Mount Tom and 146.97-Paxton Repeaters with Ray Weber-KA1JJM, Mark Kimmel-N1ZYG and PJ Howe-N1PJ monitoring for SKYWARN. Penny to Nickel Sized Hail was reported in Chicopee and West Springfield, Massachusetts with Pea to Penny Sized Hail reported in Barre, and Gardner, Massachusetts. In Westminster, Fitchburg, Lunenberg and Townsend, Penny to Half Dollar Sized Hail before those storms moved into Hillsborough County NH.

Special thanks to all those that assisted in this SKYWARN Activation and the past SKYWARN Activations from June 1st and June 2nd. The month of June has been an active month for SKYWARN in the NWS Taunton County Warning Area.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

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Large Limb through the back window of one of W1DFL's vehicles

UPDATED: North Shore SKYWARN Activates for Powerful Supercell from 6/2/07

Hello to all….

….Updated for Picture Archive and Partial Recording of the North Shore Radio Association ARES-SKYWARN Net from June 2nd along with cause of the damage and an EchoLink recording of WX1BOX talking to N1YLE on the 145.49 Ipswich Repeater via EchoLink….

North Shore SKYWARN activated for a powerful Severe Thunderstorm known as a supercell that downed large trees and numerous communities and prompted two Tornado Warnings along with Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Essex County Massachusetts on the evening of Saturday June 2nd, 2007. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for much of the NWS Taunton County Warning Area until 8 PM that Saturday Evening.

Hail up to 1″ in diameter fell and accumulated to as much as 3-4″ deep in some locations. Hardest hit communities included Georgetown, Haverhill, Newbury, West Newbury, Rowley, and Ipswich. The hail was enough to crack the windshield of one of the spotters vehicle’s, N1HWA-Phil Knight, who was right inside the storm. He sighted a wall cloud with the storm and reports of rotation within the storm were received.

Large Limb through the back window of one of W1DFL's vehicles

Various Amateur Radio Operators, who were monitoring the storm from their homes, went down into their cellars when the Tornado Warning, when they got back from their cellars, they noted wind damage at their QTH along with evidence of hail ranging from Pea to Quarter sized as the storm went through the area. The 145.47-Danvers Repeater served as the main repeater for the activation but the 146.64-Waltham, 145.23-Boston, 145.13-Gloucester and 145.49-Ipswich Repeaters were monitored as the supercell worked through the area.

Path of Trees Down in the Woods in the back of a home

Five members of the North Shore ARES-SKYWARN Team spent much of the day Sunday taking pictures of the damage swath over Georgetown, Rowley and West Newbury. Much of the damage appears to be straight-line winds associated with either several microbursts or one macroburst. NWS Taunton forecasters reviewed the incident and determined straight-line wind damage associated with microbursts as the cause of the damage.

With Public Safety busy handling the incident, Amateur Radio Operators provided key information on the extent of the wind damage and large hail as it happened, while public safety personnel handled the clean up from this significant supercell. The hams provided key information on the supercell as it happened for the National Weather Service to protect life and property and the information was disseminated through the Local Storm Report.

The North Shore Radio Association complete collage of damage pictures along with a partial recording of the SKYWARN Net from June 2nd, 2007 can be found at the following link:

June 2nd Damage Assessment Pictures Video and Partial Net Recording

Other Amateur Radio repeaters were monitored during these warnings including the 146.64-Waltham Repeater from NWS and the 145.23-Boston Repeater was monitored by Mark-KB1EKN and the 147.39-Beverly Repeater was monitored by Gabriel Ricker-KB1OKU. The Ipswich Repeater was monitored via EchoLink by WX1BOX with reports received through the efforts of N1YLE who suffered structural damage from the storm. You can listen to the recording at the following link:

WX1BOX Speaks with N1YLE on the Ipswich Repeater via EchoLink

Special Thanks to North Shore Assistant SKYWARN Coordinator and ARES Emergency Coordinator, Jim Palmer-KB1KQW, North Shore ARES DEC, Eric Horwitz-KA1NCF, ARES Assistant EC, Matt Dempsey-KB1MRH, SKYWARN Spotter Phil Knight-N1HWA, Mike Griffin-KB1OHZ and all other SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators who assisted in providing important reports on this dangerous supercell. Also, special thanks to all repeater owners for the use of their repeaters during this serious situation. An archive of pictures of damage from this supercell will be made available on the NSRA web site in the next few days.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

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Bill Proenza, Director of the National Hurricane Center, talking back to WX4NHC

P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Tour in Rhode Island Additional Pictures And Audio

Hello to all….

At the P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Tour in Rhode Island, major PR was generated as the Director of the National Hurricane Center, Bill Proenza talked back to WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida.

Bill Proenza, Director of the National Hurricane Center, talking back to WX4NHC

Director Proenza jokingly stated that he wanted to make sure the staff there was treating Julio Ripoll-WD4R, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator and John McHugh-K4AG, WX4NHC Coordinator, well as they prepared the Amateur Radio station for the backup communications and preparation of surface reporting in the event of landfalling hurricanes for the 2007 season. Proenza gave what was at that time, a preview of the Hurricane Outlook stating that it would most likely be an above normal season and that was verified in the May 22nd, 2007 outlook. Proenza also lauded the partnership that Amateur Radio and the National Hurricane Center have had as it enters its 27th year and John-K4AG stated they were prepared to support the NHC again in 2007.

Audio from EchoLink with Director Proenza:

Director Proenza Speaks Back to WX4NHC via EchoLink in MP3 Format

Director Proenza Speaks Back to WX4NHC via EchoLink in WMA Format

One of the NHC Hurricane Specialists, Michelle Mainelli, a Rhode Island native also spoke with the Coordinators at WX4NHC. Julio and John also put on a person from the staff at the National Hurricane Center.

Michelle Mainelli talking back to WX4NHC

Michelle spoke back to Chris Lauer, who maintains the computers and the web site for the National Hurricane Center. Chris shared with her stories of the fires in Florida while Michelle spoke of the cold temperatures and layers of clothes that she had to wear as conditions were cool in the morning and early afternoon before warming up later in the day. John-K4AG asked Michelle if she flew first class or coach, a joking reference towards the fact that Michelle flew in the P3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Audio from EchoLink:

Michelle Mainelli speaks back to WX4NHC in WMA Format

Michelle Mainelli speaks back to WX4NHC in MP3 Format

Bob Thompson, Meteorologist-In-Charge of NWS Taunton, also spoke back to WX4NHC. In addition, he also spoke with one of the key developers of EchoLink and IRLP technology, Tony Langdon-VK3JED.

Bob Thompson, NWS Taunton Meteorologist-In-Charge, speaking on HF back to WX4NHC
Bob spoke to WX4NHC over how NWS Taunton sometimes deals with the National Hurricane Center when tropical systems approach Southern New England. He also explained how the NWS Taunton office relies on the SKYWARN Spotters/Coordinators and Amateur Radio Operators across the region for support when severe weather threatens. Julio-WD4R explained how the Amateurs of New England support the VoIP Hurricane Net in gathering reports from other parts of the US and the Caribbean. EchoLink Audio:
Bob Thompson, Meteorologist-In-Charge of NWS Taunton speaks back to WX4NHC in WMA Format

Bob Thompson, Meteorologist-In-Charge of NWS Taunton speaks back to WX4NHC in MP3 Format

Bob also spoke to VK3JED-Tony Langdon, one of the key EchoLink/IRLP developers. Tony, a spotter in Australia for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. spoke about weather and was pleased to meet someone from the meteorological community. Bob came to the realization of the more global impact of disasters as well as the ability to exploit technology globally. EchoLink Audio from this contact listed below:

Bob Thompson, Meteorologist-In-Charge of NWS Taunton speaks with VK3JED-Tony Langdon in WMA Format

Bob Thompson, Meteorologist-In-Charge of NWS Taunton speaks with VK3JED-Tony Langdon in MP3 Format

Ed Capone-N1LTP, Service Hydrologist for the Northeast River Forecast Center also spoke to Julio-WD4R at WX4NHC briefly. Ed mentioned that he is on the Hurricane Deployment Team and that he might meet Julio down there if a hurricane threatens a US location. EchoLink Audio from this contact listed below:

Ed Capone-N1LTP Service Hydrologist speaks Back to WX4NHC in WMA Format

Ed Capone-N1LTP Service Hydrologist speaks Back to WX4NHC in MP3 Format

Special Thanks to The NWS Forecasters, Director Proenza, and Hurricane Specialist Michelle Mainelli for their support of our special event station. Special thanks also to Julio-WD4R and John-K4AG for their support from WX4NHC and special thanks to the ARES-SKYWARN Amateurs of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire, RI ARES, RI SKYWARN, RI SATERN and the Taunton Amateur Communicationg Group for all the support in this very large event for the NWS Taunton County Warning Area.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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