Special Announcement: SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2022 Friday Evening 12/2/22 700 PM ET to Saturday Evening 12/3/22 700 PM ET

Hello to all..

**SKYWARN Recognition Day 2022 will occur this year and for the first time since 2019, Ops at the NWS office will be permitted but modified due to COVID19 to have more limited operations inside the office than prior to the pandemic. Similar to the last years, a social media component will be added to engage non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters more with 2022’SRD.**
**SRD Numbers will now be issued automatically when Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotters register via the Google form on the SRD web site. You do not need a SRD Number to participate in SRD’2022 but it is now automatically available if you register via the Google form and most NWS offices will not have a SRD number.**

For the first time since 2019, SKYWARN Recognition Day 2022 will have Ops at NWS office with volunteer Amateur Radio Operators, however, the scale of what is done inside the office for SRD will be more limited as we will have limited Amateur Radio Operators in the facility. This is similar to other NWS offices who will have volunteer operators into the office this year but more limited in scale than before the pandemic.

Also, all participants are welcome to register on the SRD web site. SRD Numbers will now be issued automatically when Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotters register via the Google form on the SRD web site. You do not need a SRD Number to participate in SRD’2022 and most NWS offices will not have a SRD number. The SRD Number for this year is part of the qso exchange but is not a requirement.

For WX1BOX Amateur Radio operations, we will cover the typical SKYWARN repeaters on VHF/UHF as well as simplex and be on HF via the WX1BOX Amateur Radio station, various remote home stations, potentially one Amateur Radio Club station, along with our WX1BOX social media pages. In addition, contacts with other Amateur Radio SKYWARN stations will count towards NWS certificates. Similar to the last two years, there will be a social media component to engage non-Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotters alike.

Additional details on SKYWARN Recognition Day including a registration link opened up to all Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio Operators can be found via the following link:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

As mentioned previously, this year’s Google registration form also auto-issues SRD Numbers to participant Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters. The form can be found off the SKYWARN Recognition Day web site and can be see at the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsiwFThctxPqEht9r7j1V1OLBNiAQjt-yJe7z3-XFMwiIx-w/viewform

There is also a SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) Facebook group open to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators. The Facebook group link is listed below:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/srd2021

On the web, the following link on the WX1BOX home page will feature all SRD updates for WX1BOX operations as well as social media efforts that can include SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators alike:
https://wx1box.org/2022/11/26/special-announcement-skywarn-recognition-day-srd-2022-friday-evening-12-2-22-700-pm-et-to-saturday-evening-12-3-22-700-pm-et/

New for this year is we’d like to conduct an experiment to test and experiment with a radio email system known as Winlink. We would like to have Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotters test sending email to a radio based email. This system allows for emails to be retrieved over Internet but also over radio. You do not have to be an Amateur Radio Operator to be involved in this experiment. During the SRD period from Saturday 12/3/21 from 0000-2400 UTC (Friday Evening 12/2/21 7 PM EST-Saturday 12/3/21 7 PM EST), we’d like people to do the following:

1.) Compose an email with a report in text format or using one of the Winlink system specific weather or other forms to wx1box@winlink.org with either a current observation from the SRD time period or a prior severe weather event that occurred dring the last 2 years. Do “not” include file attachments. For Amateur Radio Operators who have winlink setup, please go ahead and use winlink. For other Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters who do not have Winlink setup, feel free to use your normal email client but only use text and no attachments in the report.
2.) Put in the subject of the email //WL2K as this will allow for emails to get filtered through the built-in spam protection of the winlink system

We will acknowledge all emails as a contact and publish results of this work as part of the SRD’2021 report.

Similar to last year, the SKYWARN Spotter Map that is being tied to SKYWARN Recognition Day 2022 but also shows a great display of SKYWARN Spotters across the country whether you are able to participate in 2022’SRD or not. To add yourself to the map, utilize the link below (and it also appears once you have submitted your Google registration form):
https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/31f1c4cd9b504068b2d15a7d3cdd4d05

The SRD’2022 schedule for repeater rotation and WX1BOX coverage will be included in the next SRD update by Monday Morning 11/28/22 as we are planning the various modes of operation at the NWS office and at home/Amateur Radio Club locations.

The VoIP Operations on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system will take place once again for 2022’SRD. Here is the info regarding Echolink/IRLP operations as of Friday Evening 11/25/22 and will be updated by Monday Morning 11/28/22:

Time in UTC NWS Office Call-Sign
0000-0100: N0NWS (Time slot confirmed for this year)
0100-0200: WX1GYX (Time slot confirmed for this year)
0200-0300: WX7SLC (Time slot confirmed for this year)
0300-0400: WX9GRB (Confirmed time slot from 2020)
0400-0500: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0500-0600: WX9LOT (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0700-0800: WX8APX (Time slot confirmed for this year)
0800-0900: WX8APX (Time slot confirmed for this year)
0900-1000: Open
1000-1100: WX7SLC (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1100-1200: WX1GYX (Time slot confirmed for this year)
1200-1300: W7NWS (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1300-1400: WX7SLC (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1400-1500: WX1AW (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1500-1600: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1600-1700: WX4NC (Time slot confirmed for this year)
2000-2100: WX4JKL (Confirmed time slot from last year – new NWS office from 2021)
1800-1900: WX6LOX (Time slot confirmed for this year)
1900-2000: K0MPX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
2000-2100: WX4JKL (Confirmed time slot from last year – new NWS office from 2021)
2100-2300: WX4NHC (Time slot confirmed for this year)
2300-2400: Open

There will be other conference systems utilized for SKYWARN Recognition Day. They are as follows:

The New England Reflector Gateway System will be utilized by the NWS Boston/Norton, Mass. and NWS Gray, Maine offices from 0000-0500 UTC and 1200-2400 UTC. The New England Gateway system is on EchoLink Conference server *NEW-ENG3* Node: 9123, IRLP reflector 9123. If other NWS offices would like to join the system, they are welcome to do so and participants in SKYWARN Recognition Day can also use that system to make contact with various NWS offices. This is a great place to move off the *WX_TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system after your scheduled time if other Amateurs or NWS offices whish to make contact with you.

Also, the Western Reflector will be having NWS offices calling CQ as in past years and have multiple reflector channels and Echolink conferences available. There is reflector 9250/Echolink Conference *HI-GATE* node: 357564, IRLP 9251 and the *WORLD* Echolink Conference node: 479886, IRLP 9257/*DCF-ARC* Echolink Conference node: 336037 and IRLP 9258/EchoLink Conference *NV-GATE* Node: 152566 open for NWS offices. Please contact Kent-W7AOR for additional information on the Western Reflector.

A few technical reminders for folks interested in making contacts with the NWS Forecast Offices on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 and New England Reflector Gateway IRLP 9123/*NEW-ENG3* Echolink Node: 9123 systems:

-The system allows both EchoLink and IRLP connections. For EchoLink users, you connect to the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203 conference system. For IRLP users, you would connect to IRLP reflector 9219.

-If you are using EchoLink, the RF node or PC that you’re using must have EchoLink conferencing disabled. If it is not disabled, the system will automatically kick the node or PC off of the system. The reason this occurs is to prevent unintentional interference from a conferencing station that may not know the node is connected somewhere else. This will keep traffic moving on the net and reduce interference considerably.

For more information on VoIP Technical Configuration Tips, please go to our web site at http://www.voipwx.net where we have a link to that information on the main menu of the web site. This announcement will also be on the web site.

We are looking forward to another fun SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 system, Allstar 28848 along with DMR/DSTAR and other modes provided by VK3JED-Tony, New England Reflector Gateway system and Western Reflector system. Thanks to all for their support!

Thanks to all for their continued support of the NWS Boston/Norton 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)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Special Announcement: Happy Thanksgiving and Monday 11/21/22 Was Snow Squall Awareness Day

Hello to all…

..Happy Thanksgiving to all Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters! We are tremendously grateful for all the reports and support during times of severe weather. We hope everyone has a happy, healthy, safe and amazing Thanksgiving day with friends and family on this sunny and seasonably cold Thanksgiving day..
..Earlier this week on Monday 11/21/22, NWS made that day Snow Squall Awareness Day and issued a series of Infographics and a Public Information Statement on Snow Squall Safety. We hope this information is useful to all. Thanks to all for you’re continued support of the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program..

NWS Boston/Norton Snow Squall Awareness Day Infographics:
https://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/snow_squall_awareness_day_infographics.pdf

NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statement – Snow Squall Awareness Day:
https://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PNS_snow_squall_safety_day_11_21.pdf

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
https://ares.ema.arrl.org
https://www.wx1box.org

Wind Coordination Message #1 – Monday Afternoon 11/21/22 Through Tuesday Morning 11/22/22 Strong Wind Potential

Hello to all…

..Strong winds will develop later this afternoon and tonight over Cape Cod and the Islands and other parts of Southeast New England later this afternoon through early Tuesday Morning..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect from 3 PM Monday Afternoon through 5 AM Tuesday Morning for Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Other areas outside of the Wind Advisory area in Southeast New England and coastal areas could see wind gusts up to 40 MPH with isolated higher gusts. These winds will cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong wind potential for later this Monday Afternoon into Tuesday Morning. This will be the only coordination message on this wind event. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory statement, and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
https://ares.ema.arrl.org
https://www.wx1box.org

Storm Coordination Message #1 – Sunday 11/20/22 Strong Winds & Snow Shower/Squall Potential

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..Strong Winds are expected this Sunday morning through evening across the Southern New England with the strongest winds over the higher terrain hill towns of Western Massachusetts as well as Cape Cod and the Islands. A few scattered snow showers and possibly even snow squalls are possible across portions of Western and Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut that could cause isolated slippery conditions as we get into later this Sunday Morning through Evening with a quick coating to 1″ of snow accumulation with isolated higher amounts if they persist over a given localized location..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect through 10 PM Sunday Evening for Western Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden Counties of Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds 15-25 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH. Areas outside of the wind advisory area could see wind gusts of around 40 MPH with isolated higher gusts. These winds could cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the strong wind and snow squall potential for Sunday. This will be the only coordination message as we shift into operations mode unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory Statement, and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
https://ares.ema.arrl.org
https://www.wx1box.org

Storm Coordination Message #1 – Tuesday Night 11/15/22 through Wednesday 11/16/22 – First Snow of the Season & Storm Hazards

Hello to all…

..First snow of the season has commenced over Western and Northern Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut and this first snow along with some sleet and freezing rain will make for some slippery travel in this area particularly at the higher elevations. Other parts of interior Southern New England may see some snow and a brief coating but not much travel impacts..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 1000 AM Wednesday for Hartford County Connecticut and Franklin, Northern Worcester, Northern Middlesex, Western Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties of Massachusetts for a coating to 2″ of snow with the highest amounts in the higher elevations particularly above 1000 feet and a glaze to 0.20″ of ice particularly over elevations above 1000 feet. There could be some slippery travel in these areas during the advisory timeframe but any slick roads should remain in the higher elevations..
..Rainfall of around 1″ is expected across much of Southern New England and a few embedded thunderstorms could bring isolated wind gusts up to 40 MPH to localized areas..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor any measured snowfall totals and ice accretion reports for this storm event as well as rain gauge and any strong wind reports tonight through Wednesday. This will be the only coordination message on this storm event unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement with Snow/Ice Maps, Rainfall Map and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snow/Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Rainfall Map:
https://www.weather.gov/crh/pqpf?sid=box

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
https://ares.ema.arrl.org
https://www.wx1box.org

Storm Coordination Message #2 – Remnants of Nicole Impacts Late Tonight into late Saturday Morning

Hello to all…

..The remnants of Nicole will combine with a frontal system to bring the potential for heavy rainfall of 1-2 inches with isolated higher amounts, urban and poor drainage flooding in Western New England and strong to damaging winds in Southeast New England with rainfall of around 1″ of rain with isolated higher amounts in this area..
..A Wind Advisory remains in effect from 10 PM Friday Evening through 11 AM Saturday Morning for Cape Cod and the Islands, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and Eastern Kent, Bristol, Washington and Newport Counties of Rhode Island including Block Island for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher gusts to around 55 MPH possible. These winds could cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages. Wind gusts outside the advisory will be in the 35-45 MPH range with the highest gusts at locations closest to the advisory area.
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the heavy rainfall and strong wind potential with the remnants of Nicole for late tonight into late Saturday Morning..

The remnants of Nicole will impact Southern New England late tonight into late Saturday Morning. Following the remnants of Nicole will be a warm Saturday Afternoon with temperatures around 70 degrees before colder air more like November moves in Sunday and a good portion of next week. The headlines depict the current thinking on the remnants of Nicole. Key factors include:

1.) Flooding should be minimal but any localized areas that get higher rainfall rates in convective heavy showers or any thunderstorms could see typical urban and poor drainage flooding especially in the vicinity of an clogged storm drains due to leaf drop across the region.
2.) The strong to damaging wind potential is greatest in Southeast New England with Wind Advisories in effect. These winds will increase and be strongest in two timeframes, one late tonight and then again towards daybreak between 5-10 AM along and ahead of a possible fine line of convective showers and thunderstorms. This activity along with temperatures will determine the strength and how widespread the strong to damaging winds will get in the region and the extent of power outages. While some trees still have leaves on them, many trees have lost their leaves which should help mitigate the wind impacts to a degree.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the heavy rainfall and strong wind potential with the remnants of Nicole for late tonight into late Saturday Morning. This will be the last coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory Statement and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
https://ares.ema.arrl.org
https://www.wx1box.org

Storm Coordination Message #1 – Remnants of Nicole Impacts Late Friday Night 11/11/22 into late Saturday Morning 11/12/22

Hello to all…

..The remnants of Nicole will combine with a frontal system to bring the potential for heavy rainfall of 1-2 inches with isolated higher amounts, urban and poor drainage flooding in Western New England and strong to damaging winds in Southeast New England with rainfall of around 1″ of rain with isolated higher amounts in this area..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 10 PM Friday Evening through 11 AM Saturday Morning for Cape Cod and the Islands, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and Eastern Kent, Bristol, Washington and Newport Counties of Rhode Island including Block Island for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH with isolated higher gusts. These winds could cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor the heavy rainfall and strong wind potential with the remnants of Nicole for late Friday Night into late Saturday Morning. A more complete coordination message will be posted by 1000 AM Friday Morning. Below is the Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory Statement and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
https://ares.ema.arrl.org
https://www.wx1box.org

Special Announcement: NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Preparedness Week Winter Weather Safety Web Page – Public Information Statements & Infographics – 10/31/22-11/4/22

Hello to all…

During the week of October 31st through November 4th 2022, NWS Boston/Norton put out Public Information Statements & Infographics for Winter Weather Preparedness Week. The winter months are approaching and now is the time to prepare for the season. Below are links to the NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statements, Infographics and Winter Safety web site for Winter Weather Preparedness Week:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Safety Web Site:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter_safety

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Preparedness Week Infographics:
NWS_Boston_Norton_Winter_Weather_Preparedness_Week_2022

NWS Boston/Norton Public Information Statements – Winter Weather Preparedness Week:
PNS_11_4_22_Winter_Preparedness_Week

We hope this information is useful as we move into the Winter season.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
https://ares.ema.arrl.org
https://www.wx1box.org