SKYWARN Class in Scituate Massachusetts – Thursday October 29th, 2009 730-10 PM

Hello to all..

First of all, my apologies for the extremely late notice on this SKYWARN Training session. Due to work commitments and the storms of the past 2 weeks, there wasn’t enough time to get this press release out until now. That said, if you or people you know are interested in taking a SKYWARN class, please forward this news release along. This has also been posted to the wx1box web site and may get posted to the NWS web site if time allows.


The National Weather Service will conduct a free program on severe, violent and unusual weather conditions.  Rob Macedo, KD1CY a 14-year veteran of the NWS SKYWARN program will be the presenter. The program covers topics such as hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, down bursts and other summer and winter weather events. This highly informative and timely program will also provide information on identifying cloud formations, identifying hail sizes and estimating wind speed.  

This program is open to all and will be of particular interest to anyone who enjoys outside activities such as sports, camping, boating or is just interested in learning more about the weather.  This program will also cover safety tips that are appropriate during severe weather events.

Each year the National Weather Service SKYWARN program conducts a series of outreach programs that are tailored to their respective forecast areas.  Scituate is pleased that the National Weather Service, Taunton office has recognized Scituate for a SKYWARN Training session in 2009.  In addition the program will cover information on this nationally recognized program in which Scituate is active.  The program will also cover subjects on how one can participate, what information is requested and how to report that information.  The SKYWARN program helps to save lives.

The National Weather Service relies on real time weather information from local SKYWARN weather spotters.  Weather observations received from spotters located where the weather event is taking place helps the Weather Service to issue timely reports and severe weather warnings.  These reports also help to validate forecasts with real time on the ground observations.

At the end of the program participants will have the opportunity to join the National Weather Service SKYWARN Spotters Program.  

Each year the program is updated with the latest information on severe, violent and unusual weather conditions which affect our area and will be held on Thursday Night, October 29th, 2009 from 730 to 1000 PM at the GAR Hall, 353 Country Way in Scituate,  MA.

Directions to the GAR Hall follow below:
From South: Make your way to RT3A in Scituate. Head north till First Parish Road. Take right on First Parish Rd. At next intersection with traffic light take a right and the GAR Hall is the second building on the right.

From the North head south on Rt 3A and take a left onto first Parish RD at the lights right after the Police Station. Again follow it to the next lights and take a right.

If there is no parking at the GAR Hall you can park across the street down a few buildings at the Masonic Lodge.

Preregistration is not required but is recommended to attempt to insure enough materials are handed out. Please preregister with Rob Macedo at

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:

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Tornado Research Presentation by Mish Michaels Organized by Two Local Amateur Radio Clubs

As posted in SKYWARN Newsletter #263:

The Massasoit Amateur Radio Association and the Whitman Amateur Radio Club
will be co-sponsoring a Skywarn presentation by meteorologist Mish Michaels
(formerly from WBZ) on Wednesday November 18th, 2009 at 7:00pm at the
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School on Route 27 in Whitman. Mish has
indicated that she will be discussing her recent research on tornadoes in
New England. While there will be NO CHARGE for this event, seating is
limited. Therefore we are requesting that if you are planning on attending,
please pre-register with NWS Taunton Assistant SKYWARN Coordinator Carl
Aveni-N1FY at as he is tracking a list for pre-registration.
In addition, there will be other events going on at the school that same
night so parking may be an issue. The Whitman and Massasoit Amateur Radio
Clubs ask that you carpool if you can.

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Dave Vallee Presentation on El Nino-Southern Oscillation and How it Impacts Hurricanes & Our Winter Weather

As posted in SKYWARN Newsletter #263:

Similar to a previous talk given in late August by Northeast River Forecast
Center Hydrologist-In-Charge and former NWS Taunton Science Officer and
Senior Forecaster Dave Vallee, a new talk will be given on how El Nino
and the Southern Oscillation impacts hurricanes and our Winter Weather.
Details follow below:

Recent news reports have stated that an “EL NINO” is developing in the
Pacific. Have you ever wondered exactly what El Nino is, how it can affect
the Atlantic Hurricane Season, or if it could have an impact on our coming
winter in Southeast New England?  If you are looking for answers to these
questions, then we invite you to attend a special presentation at the North
Providence Public Library.   On Thursday evening September 17th, at 7 pm,
Mr. David Vallee, Hydrologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service’s
Northeast River Forecast Center, and life-long resident of the Ocean State,
will give an informative and entertaining discussion on the El Nino-Southern
Oscillation. David will discuss how this complex Ocean-Atmosphere
phenomenon occurs, how it can impact our Atlantic Hurricane Season and what
it might mean for our upcoming winter.

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Southern New England Weather Conference – Saturday October 24th, 2009

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The Southern New England Weather Conference will be held on Saturday October 24th, 2009. Early-bird registration, which is at the lowest registration prices, is now available. Details on the weather conference can be seen at the following link:

A link to a flyer for the weather conference is listed below:

Early-Bird Registration has opened and will remain open through September 14th with a registration fee of $65 dollars and for those who come to the dinner, an additional $30 dollars for the optional dinner in the evening. Regular registration between September 15th through October 17th is $75 dollars with an additional $30 dollars for the optional dinner in the evening, and late registration between October 18th-25th of $85 dolalrs with an additonal $30 dollars for the optional dinner in the evening. It is noted that students and teachers are given a $10 dollar discount and their affiliation should be listed on the registration.

While this conference does have a cost associated with it, it is high value for the money with speakers coming from other parts of the country to give talks at the conference. The registration fee does include breakfast, lungh and snacks. Of note, Julio Ripoll-WD4R, Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator for the National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio station WX4NHC will be giving a presentation on the 29-year history of their operations at the Hurricane Center and the role they play in National Huricane Center operations and is coming up from Miami Florida. Additional presentations of topics include:

The July 24, 2008 New Hampshire Tornado (Mish Michaels)
Hurricanes Affecting Atlantic Canada (Peter Boyer, Canadian Hurricane Center)
How Weather Affects Aviation
An Analysis of Waterspout Development in Southern New England
(NWS Forecasters)
Ice Storm 2008 (NWS forecasters, National Grid, US Dept. of Agriculture, Amateur Radio SKYWARN Coordinator)

After the optional dinner, Reed Timmer from the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chaser program will be the after dinner speaker. He will discuss what he has seen and his experiences on the program.

This is one of the best Southern New England Weather Conference line-ups in the last couple of years. It is hoped that many can attend. This will be posted again via a SKYWARN Newsletter in the coming weeks.

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:

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SKYWARN Newsletter #260 Now Posted in the SKYWARN Newsletter Archive/Training Schedule Updated

Hello to all….

SKYWARN Newsletter #260 has been posted in the newsletter archive which can be seen off the Main Menu of the web site. Also, the SKYWARN Training Schedule has also been updated and that can be seen off the Main Menu of the web site as well.


Rob Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts

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