CQ CQ CQ calling all amateur radio operators!
With the SnOMG a week behind us now time to reflect and look back at the storm of 2014.
For much of the Western Piedmont and upstate SC we all received about our average yearly snowfall in this 1 event. Here at my QTH I measured a little over 10″ of the white stuff, well over the average.
Charlotte Regional Skywarn held an informal net for nearly 3 days, with most of the activity at the top of each hour. We initially took reports of when the snow started at the spotters location, and then moved on to taking snowfall totals from all over our area. We received reports from nearly every county we cover, and we took and passed over 150 reports to the NWS. Ham Radio and our Skywarn Spotter network (Piedmont Spotter Group) really showed how important our spotters are at getting the information that’s needed to the NWS. With our partners in GSP Skywarn and Asheville Regional Skywarn, we represented a majority of the reports sent to the NWS for this widespread event. A big thank you to all our spotters, Skywarn NCS as well as some of the PSG staff behind the scenes that made these nets a huge success. Teamwork between everyone also made this successful. I have always said, we have some of the best spotters and ham radio operators out there, and events like this prove it.
Winter is winding down and spring storms are just around the corner. Remember, if you haven’t had any spotter training in the last 3 years, it’s time to renew. I am working with the NWS to get some spotter training in this area and I hope to have some class dates to announce soon. In the meantime check out our training area for online Skywarn Classes that DO count as Skywarn Spotter training.
Thank you spotters for all you do, and I look forward to working with all of you for the next event when Mother Nature knocks on our door.
If you going to the Charlotte Ham Fest, we’ll have some tables set up in the back of he flea market area both days. Come on by and say hi!
Chris Gay, N1CRG
Charlotte Regional Skywarn DC