Wind Coordination Message #1 – Saturday October 15th-Sunday October 16th, 2011 Wind Event

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..Strong Winds to Affect South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island late Saturday Afternoon through early Sunday Morning as colder air moves into the region today through early Sunday Morning..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Cape Cod and the Islands from 4 PM Saturday through 5 AM Sunday for sustained winds 25-35 MPH with gusts 45-50 MPH. The strongest winds are expected between 4 to 10 PM this afternoon and evening..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will be utilized over the South Coast Region to monitor for wind gusts 45 MPH or greater and any isolated to scattered pockets of wind damage that may occur. This will be the only coordination message on this event unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

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

NWS Taunton 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       
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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Storm/Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Friday October 14th, 2011 Severe Weather Potential

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..Period of Heavy rainfall and potential urban/poor drainage flooding with the chance for an isolated to scatterd strong to severe thunderstorm with strong to damaging winds especially this Friday Afternoon and Evening..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton possible Friday Afternoon and Evening..

At 750 AM Doppler Radar, showed scattered showers and a couple heavier downpours with the most coverage of showers over West-Central Connecticut and extreme Western Massachusetts and other scattered showers with a heavier downpour or two over South-Central and Eastern Massachusetts and North-Central Rhode Island. Radar shows a break in the precipitation with an area of rainfall a few hundred miles offshore that will likely move into Southern New England towards midday and early afternoon lasting into the evening. It is that area of rain that could produce more widespread heavier downpours capable of urban and poor drainage flooding with the possibility of an isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorm capable of strong to damaging winds. For the morning, activity will be in the form of scattered light to moderate rain showers with a heavier downpour or two possible.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible this Friday Afternoon and Evening. This will be the last complete coordination message on today’s event. 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 the Storm Prediction Center (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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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Thursday October 13th/Friday October 14th, 2011 Weather Event

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..A period of Heavy Rainfall will affect portions of Central and Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island this morning through midday. This could result in minor urban and poor drainage flooding during the morning commute through midday..
..Another potential for heavy rainfall, urban/poor drainage flooding and possibly even isolated strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and heavy rainfall as the primary threats could occur late Friday Afternoon and Evening in the region. Further details on the Friday event will be posted in a coordination message this evening..
..SKYWARN self-activation will monitor rainfall totals and any flooding reports this morning and Ops at NWS are not anticipated today. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible Friday. Below is the NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:

NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html

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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Reminder & Special Announcement: Southern New England Weather Conference – Saturday October 22nd, 2011

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The following serves as a reminder and special announcement on the Southern New England Weather Conference for Saturday October 22nd, 2011. Registration is open until one week before the conference. See link below for all details on the conference and the registration:

http://www.wx1box.org/node/1352

We hope to see many of you at the weather conference. 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)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Post-North Shore Massachusetts Flash Flood Event Coordination Message #1

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..Unexpected Significant Flash Flood Event Hammered the North Shore of Massachusetts Tuesday Morning closing schools and resulting in a state of emergency in the city of Peabody, Massachusetts. Swampscott, Salem, Lynn, Marblehead and Beverly Massachusetts also sustained significant flash flooding..
..Rainfall amounts between 2 and 6 inches occurred in the hardest hit areas of the North Shore. Much of which falling in a 2 hour period near morning rush hour. Isolated hail and even one wind damage report was noted with the activity..
..SKYWARN Self-Activated in the 145.470-Danvers Repeater and on the New England Reflector *NEW-ENG* echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123 system and gathered many reports during the event. The short fused nature and time of day the incident occurred precluded an email coordination message to the SKYWARN email list..
..Below is a note sent by Eastern Massachusetts Assistant ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and North Shore Assistant SKYWARN Coordiantor, Jim Palmer-KB1KQW to North Shore ARES/SKYWARN volunteers edited for the generality of the NWS Taunton SKYWARN email list..

We wanted to take a moment to thank all those ARES/SKYWARN stations that checked into the net this morning to provide reports of flooding, rainfall totals, even hail and wind damage. While this event was certainly not expected, we reacted as quickly as possible and provided valuable reports to the National Weather Service in Taunton to verify their warnings on the ground. Late this morning, we received a note from one of the meteorologists at NWS-Taunton also thanking us for our quick reaction and numerous reports. An up to date Local Storm Report and Public Information Statement can be found here:

Local Storm Report: http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1110050124.nwus51.html
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nwus51.KBOX.html

Public Information Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1110050132.nous41.html
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

If you have any remaining pictures or video, please send them to pics@nsradio.org and we will add them to our collection. Credit will be given to the spotter when forwarding to media, emergency management, and the National Weather Service unless otherwise noted.

Thanks again to all for their continued help and support of North Shore ARES/SKYWARN and the NWS Taunton SKYWARN program!

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 – Thursday 9/29/11 Severe Weather and Flood Potential

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..Isolated strong to possibly even severe thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon and evening as an upper level low pressure system slowly makes its way through the region over the next several days. Damaging Winds would be the primary threat. Also, areas of heavy rainfall and any embedded thunderstorms may also cause urban/poor drainage flooding over the area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will likely be utilized to cover these possible threats today. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if coverage of heavy rainfall or strong thunderstorms is greater than anticipated..

At 745 AM, Doppler radar showed an area of heavy rainfall and embedded thunderstorms straddling the New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut border. This area is moving north-northeast and appears as though it will stay west of the NWS Taunton County Warning area or scrape the east slopes of the Berkshires west of the Connecticut River Valley. Other areas of heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms are likely to pivot around the upper level low pressure system today and tonight. This may result in urban and poor drainage flooding with the issuance of urban and small stream flood advisories. Overnight, a number areas have received .50-1.50″ of rain with isolated higher amounts over interior Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire.

Shear aloft will increase by late afternoon and early evening. At this time, little breaks in the cloud cover are expected but if a few breaks in the clouds were to occur or simply the combination of the cold pool aloft with strong shear may compensate for the lack of heating and result in isolated strong to possibly even severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and urban/poor drainage flooding as the primary threats. This will be monitored throughout the day. A low probability threat area with ‘see text’ has been issued by the Storm Prediction Center for much of Western and Central Massachusetts Connecticut and Western Rhode Island and NWS Taunton is in agreement.

It is noted that there could be minor splashover for East Coastal areas of Massachusetts due to onshore flow and high astronomoical tides. No major issues are expected, however.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will likely be utilized to cover these possible threats today. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if coverage of heavy rainfall and urban/poor drainage flooding or isolated strong to severe thunderstorms is greater than anticipated. Another coordination message will be issued if time allows and Ops are initiated or self-activation of SKYWARN over a large area occurs. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook, NWS Taunton Coastal Hazard Message and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook:

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

NWS Taunton Coastal Hazard Message:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.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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Post-Hurricane Irene Coordination Message #3

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..New England Continues its Recovery from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene exactly one month after Irene’s impact to the region. Federally declared disaster declarations have been assigned to portions of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire..
..Power was fully restored to all areas approximately one week after Irene impacted the region. Most areas had power restored over a 1-5 day period but some areas went a full week without power..
..An article on Amateur Radio efforts during Hurricane Irene has been posted in the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) E-Letter. The article link is listed below..
..An archive of the NWS Taunton Local Storm Report and Public Information Statement highlighting the damage, flooding and wind measurement and rainfall totals from Irene’s impact on the region remains on the WX1BOX web site. In addition, the NWS Taunton Post Tropical Cyclone Report has also been posted and archived to the WX1BOX web site and a link to that has been added below..
..Additional post storm information including information on After Action Reports on the response and recovery from Irene will be posted in a future SKYWARN post storm coordination message or SKYWARN Newsletter..

ARRL ARES E-Letter link:
http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2011-09-28

NWS Taunton Post Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/psh_9_1_11.txt

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/LSR_8_28_11.txt

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_8_29_11.txt

Respectfully Submitted,

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

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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Flood Watch for Today Cancelled

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..Flood Watch Cancelled for the region. Rainfall amounts of 0.50-2″ occurred over portions of Southern New England with isolated amounts over 2″. Additional rainfall is expected Sunday and during the week and will be monitored for potential flooding if amounts in the coming days coupled with rain that has already fallen could result in flooding. Please forward any rainfall greater than 2″ to NWS Taunton..

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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Storm Coordination Message #1 – September 23rd-24th, 2011 Flood Potential

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..Potential period of heavy rainfall Friday Afternoon into Saturday Afternoon may cause flooding of urban and poor drainage areas and small streams as a general 1-3″ of rainfall affects much of the region with isolated higher amounts or an axis of heavier rainfall affecting a portion of the region..
..A Flood Watch is in effect from Noon Friday Through Saturday Evening for Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts except for Cape Cod and the Islands..
..A Flood Watch is in effect for the remainder of Massachusetts from Friday Evening through Saturday Evening..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if county based flood or flash flood warnings are issued. SKYWARN Self-Activation would probably be utilized for county based urban and small stream flood advisories. Reports of any flooding and measured rainfall reports 1″ or more in an hour or 2″ or more in a 24-36 hour period would be appreciated. Another coordination message will be issued by 11 PM Friday Evening unless Ops at NWS Taunton are initiated, then a shortened coordination message will be issued on Ops activation. Below is the NWS Taunton Flood Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

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

NWS Taunton 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       
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: Southern New England Weather Conference – Saturday October 22nd, 2011

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The 12th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference will be Saturday October 22nd, 2011 at Meditech Corporation near the base of Blue Hill in Canton, Massachusetts. There will be many presentations and items of interest for Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters. A SKYWARN table will also be done at the conference.  The following is an announcement from Glenn Field-KB1GHX, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NWS Taunton Massachusetts:

We wanted to be able to get the word out to as many emergency managers and weather enthusiasts as possible about our 12th Annual Southern New England Weather Conference.  The “Earlybird” registration is only until Sept. 19th (for a $10 discount), but you can register up to a week before the conference.  Here is the info:

This year’s Southern New England Weather Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Meditech Corp., located near the base of the Blue Hill, in Canton, MA.  The facility is very nice and the catered lunch will be in an atrium which has palm trees, etc. 

The purpose of the conference is to enhance professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, teachers, emergency management officials, and weather enthusiasts.  Each year we aim to present a wide variety of interesting topics.  This year we are thrilled to have Chris Darden, the Meteorologist in Charge of the Huntsville, Alabama National Weather Service Forecast Office to discuss their tornado outbreak. (Chris was a summer intern here way back!) We will also have Dr. Mike Hayes, the Director of the National Drought Mitigation Center coming from Nebraska and Bill Murtagh from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado (discussing solar flares)!  We will be having a multi-faceted discussion on the Winter Storms of Dec., 2010 and Jan., 2011 from meterorological, emergency preparedness, and media perspectives.  We are pleased to have Joe Bastardi and Joe D’Aleo teaming up to discuss the winter weather outlook and how long-range forecasts benefit commercial customers.  Gary Conte, from NWS-Upton, NY will explain what it was like to conduct a tornado damage survey in the heart of New York City during Yom Kippur in 2010.  We will have other talks, including weather requirements for the Cape Wind project; basics of Dual Polarization Doppler Radar; examination of a winter storm forecast from 2010 that was quite a bust; Mount Washington weather; choosing weather instruments for home and school; and some talks geared for educators regarding bringing weather into the classroom and forming interactive relationships with the media.

This agenda was set before the tornado in Springfield, but we are planning on devoting a big part of next year’s conference to it.

There will be a continental breakfast with mini bagels and mini muffins, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, and tea.  Rita’s Catering will be serving lunch…which includes orange-sesame grilled chicken; veggie lasagna; ginger grilled vegetables; salad, etc. 

Costs have gone up, especially due to the catered food and cleanup costs.   The earlybird registration (through Sept. 19) is $89, after which time it goes up to $99, except it stays $89 for teachers and students. 

Here are the links:

Main conference page     http://www.sneweatherconf.org/index.shtml
Agenda-abstracts-bios    http://www.sneweatherconf.org/2011Agenda.shtml
Registration                   http://www.sneweatherconf.org/confregform.cfm

Hope to see you there!

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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