WX1BOX and NWS Taunton Ham Operations Receives Award for Excellence

SKYWARN awardMembers of the Taunton SKYWARN ARC Team received an Excellence Award from the meteorologists at the Taunton National Weather Service office on November 15, 2008. The award was presented to the group by NWS Taunton forecasters Bob Thompson, Glenn Field, Bill Babcock and Eleanor Vallier-Talbot.

“Today was a special meeting,” remarked ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY. “I wasn’t expecting the trophy that’s sitting on top of the power supply here at the station. I was surprised. Very well done, I must say.”

An article on the excellence award was posted on both the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Page as well as the National ARRL web page/ARRL Letter and the WBZ Weather Blog. The complete national article which included the fact that strong to damaging winds occurred later that day after the award presentation and SKYWARN Meeting as well as the WBZ Weather Blog article appears below:

ARRL Web Page National Article

WBZ Weather Blog Article on WX1BOX award

The award meant even more to the amateur radio team since it was funded not by NOAA but rather, by the forecasters at the station who paid for it out of their own pockets. WX1BOX team

The award reads: “Presented to NWS-TAUNTON AMATEUR RADIO TEAM / WX1BOX With Sincere appreciation for your long-standing commitment to the National Weather Service and the people of southern New England… and with particular recognition for your tireless support during the unusual 2008 severe weather season. This award belongs to all of our Amateur Radio SKYWARN Coordinators, Net Control Operators, Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters who relay reports based on the SKYWARN Criteria to the NWS Taunton office.

Given the historic severe weather season of 2008 and the amount of severe weather received, it was a great effort on the part of everyone to provide all the critical reports as they have done so for many years now for past significant weather events. NOAA / NWS – Taunton November 2008″

photos courtesy Bill Ricker, N1VUX

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National Weather Service to Be a Category on 11/26/08 Jeopardy! Program

Hello to all….

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Glenn Field-KB1GHX, requested that I make SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators aware of the fact that the National Weather Service will be featured as a category on the show ‘Jeopardy!’

Please see announcement below:

Curtis D. Carey
Communications Director, NOAA National Weather Service

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Subject Line:
National Weather Service on /Jeopardy!/

Clue: Rain or shine, /Jeopardy!/ host Alex Trebek will introduce a new category featuring this federal agency on Wednesday, November 26.

Answer: What is the National Weather Service?

If you’re a fan of the TV game show /Jeopardy!/, you will want to watch on Wednesday, November 26, for the debut of a new category: The National Weather Service. Jeopardy! producers worked with staff in the Upton, NY, Weather Forecast Office to develop clues and answers. Jeopardy! also shot weather forecasting scenes there and collected radar and other images to be used in video clues.

Check your local listings for air time.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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