Repost from : https://www.weather.gov/rah/2019ncswpw
Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina is March 3-9, 2019
Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 AM
March 3-9, 2019 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. This week the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety are teaming up to bring this severe weather safety campaign to all of North Carolina’s residents. With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season. If each North Carolina resident would take a few moments this week to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized.
Schools and government buildings statewide will hold tornado drills Wednesday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m. to practice their emergency plans. Test messages will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios and the Emergency Alert System. All North Carolinians are encouraged to participate in the drill.
PSG and Skywarn frequencies with backups. 145.230 main. Backups 444.450 and 145.350. A lot of folks will be using 147.505 simplex.
National ARES frequency is 146.580.
National calling frequency is 146.520.
Friendly reminder! PLEASE do not use these frequencies since they are declared for use:
Hurricane NET: 14.325 and 7.268.00 MHz.
SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Network)
Southern Territory: 7.262MHz
Georgia ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.975MHz
Alternate: 3.982.5MHz, 3.995MHz, 5.330.5MHz, 7.287.5MHz
Special modes: 3.583MHz (PSK), 3.549MHz (CW)
North Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.923MHz
South Carolina ARES Emergency Plan
Primary Voice: 3.990MHz
Alternate: 3.993.5MHz, 7.232MHz
ALSO NOTE: The SCHEART repeater system is linked and K4EMD is on the air, The system is still open to amateur use but is being monitored for emergencies.
The SCHEART DMR system has been converted to ARES mode and the PRN talkgroups have been isolated from the PRN system and are now statewide only. TAC 1 and 310 have been removed.
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