Southern New England WX Conference Saturday 10/27/07

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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
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Fall SKYWARN Training Class Tuesday September 18th in Taunton, Massacshusetts

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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
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Roger Jeanfaivre-K1PAI, Hartford-Tolland, CT County SKYWARN Coordinator

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

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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

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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
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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

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….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
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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

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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
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
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Somers, CT EF0 Tornado/Landspout on Memorial Day, Monday 5/28/07

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A rare and unusual event occurred on Memorial Day, Monday May 28th, 2007. A landspout/EF0 Tornado occurred in Somers, CT. See Public Information Statement and Local Storm Report from NWS Taunton below:

Somers, CT EF0 Tornado/Landspout

Ray Weber, KA1JJM, affiliated with Western Massachusetts SKYWARN and a long-time assistant in assessing damage for NWS Taunton, checked out the area at the NWS Taunton forecasters discretion. The damage path was associated with a EF0 Tornado/landspout. The following are pictures of the small area of damage caused by the tornado from Ray Weber-KA1JJM:

Roof damage at a barn associated with the tornado

Overview of damage area from the tornado

Debris pattern of the tornado


Convergent pattern of damage from the tornado

Special thanks to Ray Weber-KA1JJM and the eyewitneesses who worked with Ray on putting together the report on this rare type of occurrence of a tornado/landspout.

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
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WP-3D Hurricane Hunter Visits Rhode Island

Personnel of SKYWARN, NOAA, and the public were treated to a tour of the NOAA WP-3D ORION hurricane research aircraft N42RF on Sunday, 29 April 2007 at Quonset State Airport, North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The airplane and crew flew a week-long five city ‘Hurricane Awareness Tour’, promoting hurricane awareness and preparedness.

Many folks stood in line for at least an hour as NOAA personnel guided small groups of visitors through the Turboprop WP-3D ORION.

The day was sunny and clear. A strong northwest wind threatened to launch the tent sheltering the participants. The event was well covered by local media.

Robert Macedo, KD1CY, ARES SKYWARN Coordinator and Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, coordinates activity at the Quonset State Airport Hurricane Awareness Tour 2007.

The Lockheed WP-3D is powered by 4 Allison T56-14 Turbo Prop Engines, each rated at 4,600 Shaft Horse Power. While not a giant airplane, it weighs in at 135,000 pounds at maximum takeoff weight packed with meteorlogical, navigation, and traffic avoidance equipment and a crew of 2 Pilots, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Flight Director (meteorologist), 2 or 3 Engineering/Electronic specialists, Radio/Avionics specialist, and up to 12 Scientist or Media personnel. Dimensions: Wingspan = 99’8″ Length = 116’10” Height = 34’3″ Operational Airspeeds: 170 – 250 knots.

Gust probe system and air sensors of the WP-3D ORION.

Gene Harriman, N1EH, Eastern Massachusetts SKYWARN Spotter, holds one of many GPS dropwindsonde Airborne Expendable Bathythermographs (AXBT’s). The device is deployed from the ORION during a mission and sends storm data back to the aircraft to be recorded and analyzed.

Expendable Sensor Launch Tubes in the cabin of the WP-3D ORION. Click here for more indepth information about these important expendable devices.

Weather Radar Control Station aboard the NOAA WP-3D ORION.

“Two of the most visually prominent features of the aircraft are its belly and tail radars. The belly radome houses a high power C-band radar that scans horizontally out to a range of 200 miles. The tail cone houses an X-band Doppler radar with a vertical scan and a range of 60 miles. By combining information from these two radars scanning in perpendicular planes a three-dimensional radar image can be formed throughout each flight.”1

The WP-3D ORION crew and NOAA personnel were polite, knowledgable, and obliging. All questions from the public were answered. Children were especially interested and were told about hurricane preparedness and careers and work in meteorology and Earth sciences.

Our WP-3D ORIONS are deployed on International missions. Each tag in this image of the ORION fuselage shows a country visited and storm penetrations.

In spite of the easy-going attitude of the crew of the WP-3D, remember that almost all pilots are trained to fly AWAY from storms and hurricanes. The crew of the Hurricane Hunters are trained to fly INTO storms and hurricanes, risking their lives to collect data that saves lives. We are indebted to the brave men and women of the Hurricane Hunters. It was an honor to meet you and join you for a tour of your airplane. Thank you one and all!

For more information on hurricane preparedness please see
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml.
Please see
http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/ for more information on NOAA Aircraft Operations.
Conduct a web search for NOAA or WP-3D ORION for much more information.

1. From ‘GlobalSecurity.org’ website, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/p-3-wp.htm


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