With the spring and summer storms in full swing around here a question we get a lot is what is reportable weather conditions that the weather service wants?
- Winds in excess of 56 mph
- Damage caused by winds to trees, power lines and structures.
Winds that are over 56 MPH will create some structural damage to houses (Chimneys, shingles). break off large limbs off healthy trees, and uproot trees. If you aren’t seeing these conditions, chances are winds are below 56 MPH unless its measured from your personal weather station.
- Hail, initially any size, then quarter size (1″) afterwards.
- Tornado’s, Funnel Clouds, Wall Clouds or rotation in the clouds.
- Flooding, where flooding does not normally occur
Things that we do not report to the NWS.
- Excessive lightning
- Heavy rainfall (unless flooding is occurring)
- Power outages
- Temporary flooding from runoff
The annual Skywarn Recognition Day is approaching. This year it is December 2, 0000-2400 UTC. The NWS office at Greenville-Spartanburg plans to participate this year and host a special event station (W4G). They will only be participating during the day (EST) Saturday, December 2 from 8AM to 5PM due to staffing and space available for equipment.
More information about SKYWARN Recognition day can be viewed here: http://www.arrl.org/skywarn-recognition-day
Charlotte Regional Skywarn is pleased to announce that beginning April 1st, 2017 Rick McClure KE4TEP will serve as the new Emergency Coordinator. Rick has served as a Net Control Station for Charlotte Regional Skywarn as well as for our support group Piedmont Spotter Group. Rick has also served in other capacities for the Iredell Co Amateur Radio Society and Iredell Co ARES.
We would like to thank Lee Sossamon, KK4GEV for serving as the EC and for his efforts and many hours of volunteering to help with his community. Lee will continue to be a Net Control Station with CRS as well as serve on the board of trustees and over site committees.
The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club in partnership with Charlotte Regional Skywarn are sponsoring a Skywarn Spotter Training Class.
It will be held at the Salvation Army building at 501 Archdale Dr, Charlotte NC 28217 on Saturday Feb 18, 2017. The basic class will start at 10AM, and the advance class will begin at 12:45. There will be a 45 break between sessions. Both of these courses are being taught by the National Weather Service in Greer, SC, and are free to attend. Space is limited so please register to attend by emailing us to let us know how many seats you’ll need. RSVP to CharlotteSkywarn@outlook.com
What: Basic & Advance Skywarn Spotter Courses
When: Feb 18, 2017 starting at 10:00 AM
Where: Salvation Army 501 Archdale Dr, Charlotte
Charlotte Regional Skywarn would like to announce the addition of 3 new Net Control Operators.
- Rick McClure, KE4TEP of Statesville, NC
- Ken McCarter, W2KAM of Huntersville, NC
- Jim Winters, W4YF of Concord, NC
All three bring a lot of experience to the table and diversity to our coverage. Thank you guys and welcome aboard.
Charlotte Regional Skywarn serves the Western Piedmont of NC supporting the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Greer SC. To learn more about SKYWARN™ Please visit http://www.weather.gov/gsp/skywarn
The 19th annual Catawba Valley Hamfest was held Saturday April 18th, 2016 at the Burke County Fair Grounds. Both Charlotte Regional Skywarn & Piedmont Spotter Group were there setup just outside the main building. Boy, you couldn’t have asked for better weather! We had a great time meeting familiar faces as well as some new ones, and a great time was had. Greg Huffman shook plenty of “paws” and Lee Sossamon signed plenty of autographs (I think Bruce Springsteen was the most popular one requested Hi Hi). We’re looking forward to next year.