Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Wednesday July 6th, 2011 Severe Weather Potential

Hello to all..

..Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms remain possible over portions of Southern New Hampshire and Western and Central Massachusetts where the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has a Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and urban and poor drainage flooding are the primary threats..
..A conditional threat for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms exists in areas south and east of the slight risk area in interior Southern New England away from the coastal areas..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is possible anytime after 4 PM ET..

Severe weather threat for today is contingent on the position of a pre-frontal trough/cold front and dewpoints rising into the upper 60s over the region. Sunshine and heating through the day will occur which will start destablization of the atmosphere but it will be the winds shifting to the southwest and advecting higher humidity air and higher dewpoints and the position of the front as a trigger that will determine the scope of isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms over the region. Wind shear profiles are expected to remain sufficient for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorm development if the front is close enough to the region and higher dewpoint air works its way into the region. The highest risk of this occurring is over Southern New Hampshire and Western and Central Massachusetts where SPC has placed this area under a Slight Risk for severe weather. Areas south and east of the slight risk area will have a more conditional threat for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms. Damaging winds, large hail and urban/poor drainage flooding are the main threats. The threat timeframe looks to be in the late afternoon and evening hours after 4 PM ET.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible late this afternoon and evening. This will be the last complete coordination message on this threat. A shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows and Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:

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

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator         
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Wednesday July 6th, 2011 Severe Weather Potential

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..Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms possible late Wednesday Afternoon into Wednesday Night over portions of Southern New England particularly over Southern New Hampshire, Western, North-Central and Northeastern Massachusetts along and north of the Massachusetts Turnpike where the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed that region in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather. Damaging Winds, Large Hail and urban/poor drainage flooding are the primary threats..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible late Wednesday Afternoon and Wednesday Night..

During the 4th of July, areas of Southeastern New Hampshire into Northeastern Massachusetts did experience strong thunderstorms with isolated severe thunderstorms in Essex County Massachusetts with more widespread activity in New Hampshire and Maine as predicted. SKYWARN Self-Activation was utilized to handle the isolated strong to severe thunderstorms that affected parts of the region. The link below is to the NWS Taunton Local Storm Report on the severe weather reports in Essex County Massachusetts from 7/4/11:

NWS Taunton 7/4/11 Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1107050009.nwus51.html

On Wednesday, we will continue to have hot and humid weather over the region. A cold front will drop down into Northern New England as we get into Wednesday Afternoon and early evening and will make its way into Southern New England Wednesday Night into Thursday. Models then diverge in terms of passing this cold front through Southern New England before stalling or having the front further west of the region as we get into Wednesday Night and Thursday. This could have some impact in how far south the severe weather threat extends for the late Wednesday Afternoon and Wednesday Night timeframe. At this time, its expected that the front will be close enough to the region for isolated to scattered severe thunderstorm development extending as far south as Southern New Hampshire, Western, North-Central and Northeast Massachusetts where a Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms is highlighted by SPC. Areas to the south of the slight risk area away from the coast may also see an isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorm depending on the front position.

Shear profiles will be sufficient for severe weather. In terms of instability, some warm air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere may initially inhibit development of storms and destablization but as the cold front approaches and we get towards evening, cooling of those mid-levels should occur sufficiently to allow for isolated to scattered severe thunderstorms particularly in the SPC Slight Risk area.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible late Wednesday Afternoon into Wednesday Evening. Another coordination message will be issued by 10 AM ET Wednesday. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:

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

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KWNS/1107051731.acus02.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator        
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Special Announcement: ARRL Hurricane Webinar on Thursday July 7th, 2011 8-930 PM EDT

Hello to all..

The following is a special announcement on a ARRL Hurricane Webinar that is of particular interest to Southern New England Amateurs near or along coastal areas:

On Thursday July 7th, 2011 from 8-930 PM EDT, the ARRL will be hosting a Webinar on Hurricanes and the Amateur Radio Response to the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Representatives from the VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, the Hurricane Watch Net and the ARRL will be giving presentations and discussion in this webinar. The webinar is open to all Amateurs, however, we strongly encourage Amateurs in hurricane prone areas to attend this webinar as the data will apply the most to these people. The ARRL web site article is listed below:

http://www.arrl.org/news/register-for-upcoming-webinar-on-amateur-radio-response-to-2011-hurricane-season

We hope many Amateurs particularly Amateurs in hurricane prone areas can attend this webinar. We will also check to see if this webinar will be archived for review by Amateurs who cannot attend the session live.

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
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Monday July 4th, 2011 Severe Weather Potential

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..Isolated to Scattered Strong to Severe Thunderstorms are possible in portions of Southern New England with the greatest risk in Southern New Hampshire and Northeast Massachusetts. SPC has placed New Hampshire and Maine in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather Today..
..Key potential limiters in severe weather potential today is drier air in the mid levels of the atmosphere and weak wind fields..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible this afternoon and evening..

At 910 AM, Satellite imagery shows high level clouds over Southern New England with sunshine and heating occurring through those clouds while in Northern New England conditions are sunny. A trough over Quebec will move southeast into the region today and this can be seen on Satellite imagery as well. Heating should allow for destablization of the atmosphere across the region through this afternoon. As the trough approaches the region, isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will develop as we get into the afternoon and evening hours. The greatest threat appears to be in Northern and Central New Hampshire and Maine where wind fields are a bit stronger, however, portions of Southern New Hampshire and Northeast Massachusetts in the NWS Taunton County Warning Area may see activity as the trough swings through the region. Wind fields are weaker over Southern New England and dry air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere may limit coverage of any strong to severe thunderstorms, however, if stronger wind fields enter the region and/or thunderstorms overcome the mid-level dry air, isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will develop in portions of Southern New England particularly over Southern New Hampshire and Northeast Massachusetts. Trends will be monitored throughout the day.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible this afternoon and evening. This will likely be the only complete coordiantion message on today’s event. A shortened coordination message will be sent if time allows and Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:

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

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Severe Weather Coordination Message #3 – Sunday July 3rd, 2011 Severe Weather Potential

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..Numerous Showers and embedded Thunderstorms will slowly spread from northwest to southeast over the NWS Taunton County Warning Area. Biggest threats will be for frequent lightning and heavy rainfall causing urban/poor drainage flooding to possibly flash flooding. An Isolated Severe Thunderstorm or two capable of damaging wind or an isolated wet microburst or two cannot be ruled out..
..There is a threat for more thunderstorms on Monday. This will be discussed in greater detail later this evening..
..After coordination with NWS Taunton, SKYWARN Self-Activation will be utilized to handle this event unless more widespread strong to severe thunderstorms or flash flooding becomes evident. If Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated, a shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows..

At 1120 AM, Doppler Radar is showing an area of showers and embedded thunderstorms from Southwest New Hampshire through Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. This activity is moving South-Southeast and will affect Central Massachusetts, Northeast Connecticut, Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts between Noon and 3 PM. Satellite imagery earlier this morning showed sun and some heating and destablization over Central Massachusetts into Rhode Island. This may allow some of the activity currently in Western New England to intensify a bit as it moves east provided it doesn’t outrun upper level air support. Further back in Eastern New York, stronger thunderstorms are organizing with heavier rainfall and possibly strong winds and are slowly moving east-southeast and may affect portions of Western Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut later this afternoon.

The primary threats for today are heavy rainfall causing urban and poor drainage flooding to possibly flash flooding and lightning affecting outdoor activities. An Isolated strong to severe thunderstorm producing a wet microburst or damaging wind cannot be ruled out but its not the primary threat today.

There is a threat for more thunderstorms on Monday. This will be discussed in greater detail later this evening.

After coordination with NWS Taunton, SKYWARN Self-Activation will be utilized to handle this event unless more widespread strong to severe thunderstorms or flash flooding becomes evident. If Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated, a shortened coordination message will be issued if time allows. This will be the last complete coordination message for today’s event. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:

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

SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator        
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Severe Weather Coordination Message #1 – Sunday July 3rd, 2011 Severe Weather Potential

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..Slow moving cold front will bring active weather to Southern New England late Sunday Morning through Sunday Evening with numerous strong thunderstorms and the possibility of isolated severe thunderstorms. Main threats will be isolated damaging winds, urban/poor drainage to potential flash flooding, lightning and possibly hail..
..Another threat for Isolated to Scattered Severe Thunderstorms exists for late Monday Afternoon..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely Sunday. Tentative start timeframe is 11 AM Sunday. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible on Monday..

Sunday will have active weather as humidity will increase Saturday Night into Sunday. A slow moving cold front will move into the region. Presuming there is no convection or cloud cover from leftover convection from New York State that moves into the area, heating and destablization will commence and the weak cold front will provide focus for thunderstorm development. Wind Shear profiles are weak so the severe threat should be confined to isolated severe thunderstorms that produce isolated to a few scattered wind damage reports and possibly a few hail reports. The main threat will be urban/poor drainage flooding to flash flooding with an atmosphere that has a high moisture content. Lightning will also be a risk with thunderstorms which is a threat to outdoor activities. The threat timeframe as it looks right now is anytime after 11 AM Sunday starting out west and working its way east. The thunderstorms should wind down towards late evening around 9-10 PM.

Another threat for strong thunderstorms exists for late Monday Afternoon. This will be reviewed and updated more closely after the Sunday event.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely Sunday with a tentative start time of 11 AM. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible on Monday. Another coordination message will be posted by 1130 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:

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

SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator        
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Special Announcement: WFCR 88.5 FM Amherst Massachusetts Talk Show on Western Massachusetts Tornadoes 6/29/11 4-5 PM

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There will be a program on WFCR 88.5 FM Amherst Massachusetts on the Western Massachusetts Tornadoes on Wednesday June 29th from 4-5 PM. One of the guests will be Rob Macedo-KD1CY, ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton. This broadcast will also be available via a live stream and archived for folks that cannot make this timeframe. The Press Release and live stream links are listed below. Please note the web site press release may not reflect all the speakers yet as contact was made Tuesday evening over Rob’s appearing on this show.

Live Stream link:
http://www.wfcr.org/programs/focus.php

DATE/TIME: TOMORROW Wednesday, June 29 at 4 p.m. on 88.5FM WFCR

*Repeats at 6 p.m. on AM 640 and 91.7 FM all-news WNNZ 

DETAILS: It’s been a month since the June 1st tornadoes ripped through towns and cities in western and central Massachusetts. Some residents are back in their homes but many are still living in shelters, motels, or with friends. FEMA and MEMA have committed funds and other resources, but how do individuals and communities rebuild, in some pockets, literally, from the ground up?

GUESTS: 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno,
Monson Town Administrator Gretchen Neggers
Brenda Brouillette of The American Red Cross
Rob Macedo ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts

Guests will join host Jill Kaufman to talk about the challenges and outreach they’ve seen over the past four weeks, and about what’s ahead.

Listeners are invited join the conversation by calling toll free: 877-522-8850.

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
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Amateur Radio Field Day/Severe Weather Coordination Message #3B – June 25th, 2011 315 PM Post

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..After a call from NWS Taunton forecasters, SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 4 PM ET to monitor activity in Eastern New York that will move into Western New England after 4 PM ET. Isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible starting in Western New England after 4 PM and in Central and Eastern New England after 5-6 PM ET. Damaging winds, hail urban/poor drainage flooding and lightning are the main threats. Please follow safety instructions in previous complete Amateur Radio Field Day/Severe Weather Coordination Messages if threatening weather approaches..
..This will likely be the last Amateur Radio Field Day/Severe Weather Coordination Message for Field Day since Sunday’s weather is expected to be tranquil and we will be moving into Activation/Operations mode for Saturday’s activity..

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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Amateur Radio Field Day/Severe Weather Coordination Message #3A – June 25th, 2011 230 PM Post

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..The following is a shortened Amateur Radio/Severe Weather Coordination Mesage to cover current convective trends..
..Satellite Imagery as of 215 PM shows breaks of sunshine are covering much of Southern New England this afternoon and evening. In areas of most heating, temperatures have risen to the upper 60s to mid 70s. This is allowing for atmosphere destablization particularly in Western Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Doppler Radar at 215 PM is showing an area of showers and possible weak thunderstorms over Eastern New York. This will be monitored as it moves east into portions of Western New England around or after 4 PM ET, possibly reaching Central and Eastern New England after 6-7 PM ET..
..SKYWARN continues to monitor for possible thunderstorm or isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorm activity for this afternoon/evening. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton remains possible for later this afternoon and evening. Another shortened coordination message will be posted if Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated or as thunderstorm/convective trends dictate an update most likely around 5-6 PM ET this evening..

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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Amateur Radio Field Day/Severe Weather Coordination Message #3 – June 25th, 2011 940 AM Post

Hello to all..

..The following is the third in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend. Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend is an annual event where Ham Operators across the United States setup at Emergency Operations Centers, field locations, home locations etc. to operate and test their equipment and skills and make as many radio contacts as possible during the weekend. Many locations can be visited by the public and Amateur Radio Field Day can be a form of outreach to Ham and non-Ham Operators. It is also noted that several states have given proclamations to Amateur Radio/Ham Radio Operators for either an ‘Amateur Radio Week’ during the month of June or ‘Amateur Radio Month’ for this month. It is both a fun/preparatory event for Ham Radio Operators for Emergency Communications scenarios..
..As have been done over the past 10 plus years, this will be the third in a series of Severe Weather/Amateur Radio Field Day Coordination Messages to pass instructions to Amateur Radio Field Day sites on what to do if threatening weather approaches and to have Field Day sites guard their SKYWARN repeaters as required if threatening weather approaches..
..Friday’s weather was cool and cloudy for the period precluding any thunderstorm development. As we move into the Saturday of Field Day Weekend, unsettled weather is still expected for the region with periods of showers and thunderstorms possible Saturday Afternoon and Evening though a total washout is not expected. At this time, Sunday is still expected to be dry and the nicest day of the weekend. There is the potential for isolated to scatterred strong to severe thunderstorms over portions of interior Southern New England with damaging winds, large hail, urban/poor drainage flooding and lightning all threats during the afternoon and evening if sufficient heating and destablization can occur. If sufficient heating doesn’t occur, thunderstorms with a lightning risk will still be possible this Saturday Afternoon and evening as some thunderstorm activity moved through portions of the region early Saturay Morning..
..This Week is also Lightning Awareness Week and safety information on lightning gets propagated during this period and has coincidentally coincided with Amateur Radio Field Day weekend and that information is included in this coordination message..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible this Saturday Afternoon and Evening. SKYWARN monitoring for even non-severe thunderstorms will be done over the weekend to protect Amateur Radio Field Day sites as best as possible..

There are a large number of Amateur Radio Field Day sites across the NWS Taunton County Warning Area and adjacent NWS County Warning Areas. Here are some links to information on these Amateur Radio Field Day Sites from across the region and links to the Amateur Radio Week Proclamation given by the Governor of Massachusetts for Amateur Radio Field Day 2011:

Amateur Radio Field Day Information: http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Amateur Radio Field Day National Locator: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Home Page: http://fd.ema.arrl.org/

Massachusetts Proclamation for Amateur Radio Week:
http://wma.arrl.org/news.php
http://ema.arrl.org/node/1861

New Hampshire has put out a notice on their Field Day sites. See link below on the post that was written by the New Hampshire Section/Tom Richardson-AB1CL:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/nh_arrl_section_field_day_announcement.pdf

Field Day Info for the Hampden County Radio Association (HCRA):
http://n1kxr.webs.com/hcra_fieldday_2011.htm

Field Day Info from the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (CMARA) as provided by NE1R-Tom Carrigan:
The Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, (W1BIM) celebrating
75 years of existance, will be participating in Field Day (rain or
shine) on the athletic field of David Prouty High School on Route 9 in
Spencer, MA. The public is cordially invited to visit between 2:00 pm
Saturday and about 12:00 noon on Sunday. Amateur Radio operators are
welcome to come and pitch-in, even if they have not yet joined the
CMARA. Access is by a driveway at the left side of the parking area on
Route 9.

Field Day Info from the Charlestown, RI EOC Ham Radio Team as provided by W1JPZ-John Zabriskie:
The Charlestown RI EOC Ham Team will be operating around the clock from Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI ( the old Charlestown Naval Air Station ). The public is invited to visit from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday and from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday. Of course we would be glad to show the operation to any one who shows up at any time during park hours. The park closes at Sunset and re-opens at Sunrise to the general public.

If there is additional Amateur Radio Field Day information that you would like to appear in these coordination messages, please contact me and I will add it to this section of the Amateur Radio Field Day Coordination Message.

On Friday, the cool marine air mass was able to preclude any thunderstorm development across the region. This resulted in a cool, dreary day but a day where equipment for Field Day could be setup without issues.

As we get into Saturday, conditions will remain unsettled though the entire day is not expected to be a washout. Showers and thunderstorms moved through portions of Southern New England and are moving offshore of Essex County Massachusetts as of 910 AM. Satellite Imagery as of 910 AM, shows clouds over much of Southern New England but breaks in the clouds over Northeast Pennsylvania and Southeast New York that models indicate will move through the area. This will occur as the warm front which has been stalled out to the west of the region will move through and there should be a bit more sunshine then the past few days and temperatures into the 70s. This will be especially true over Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. While this sounds like good news, if enough sunshine develops, the atmosphere will cool aloft as a cold front approaches the region and wind shear profiles will be fairly strong. If enough sun and destablization occurs, isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, possibly organizing into short lines may develop by afternoon and evening affecting much of interior Southern New England. At the coast, thunderstorms with a lightning risk would be possible later Saturday Afternoon and Evening. Again, any severe threat will depend on any sun and heating that could destablize the atmosphere. Non-severe thunderstorms could be the main threat if heating doesn’t occur which pose a lightning safety risk to Field Day sites. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will be possible again Saturday Afternoon into Saturday Evening. As we get into late Saturday Night into Sunday, drier conditions will return to the area and the threat for thunderstorms and severe weather will have passed. Sunday is expected to be a pleasant day and the better of the 2 days for Field Day weekend.

Amateur Radio Field Day sites active on Saturday should use caution and keep an eye to the sky and monitor their local SKYWARN Repeater, NOAA Weather Radio or weather information via Internet and media resources to guard against safety issues if thunderstorms, even if they are non-severe, occur in the region due to the potential lightning risk on radio equipment and antennas. Proper grouding of antennas is essential to help reduce any risk from lightning. As passed on by a fellow Amatuer Radio Operator and SKYWARN Spotter, Tom Carrigan-NE1R, here is an additional safety tip to prevent damage to equipment:

Before reconnecting your antenna after a thunder storm has passed, ground the transmission line connector to discharge built-up static charges before reconnecting it to the radio. Failure to do this can damage some radios.

Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:

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

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is possible Saturday Afternoon and Evening. A shortened or updated coordination message will be issued if Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated today. SKYWARN monitoring for non-severe thunderstorms and their lightning risk will be done throughout the weekend to protect Amateur Radio Field Day sites as required.

Also, as stated previously, remember that non-severe thunderstorms can pose a threat to Amateur Radio Field Day sites due to the threat of lightning. Please keep this in mind if you have an outdoor Field Day site. This week is Lightning Awareness Week and the National Weather Service in Taunton has posted information on Lightning Safety Awareness Week. See links below for this information:

NWS Taunton Latest Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Thursday 6/23/11 Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1106231315.nous41.html

NWS Taunton Wednesday 6/22/11 Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=PNS&format=CI&version=5&glossary=0

NWS Taunton Tuesday 6/21/11 Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=PNS&format=CI&version=6&glossary=0

NWS Lightning Safety Awareness Home Page: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

Again, Field Day sites are encouraged to bring a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and a dedicated Ham Radio that can monitor their local SKYWARN Frequency for their area or if they have mobile Internet capability, that is also a way to monitor for weather information if thunderstorms, even that are non-severe, approach your area. With Mobile Internet capability, utilizing Echolink to monitor the New England Reflector system on Echolink Conference Node: 9123/IRLP 9123 would be helpful. Please see the link below for the latest SKYWARN Frequency information for the region:
http://www.wx1box.org/node/37

Another coordination message either in shortened or complete form, likely the last one for this event given benign weather conditions for Sunday, will be sent prior to 2 PM Saturday Afternoon and will likely contain information on potential SKYWARN Activation and Ops at NWS Taunton information for Saturday.

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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