We’re calling for all spotters to be weather aware tomorrow, as the threat for severe weather is high. Timing for these storms, as of this writing, are midday. East of I77 the threat for tornados are on the rise. The main threats from this system are high winds and moderate rainfall. Hail and isolated tornadoes are not out of the picture. With the amount of rain we’ve already received, downed trees, taking out the power lines is a real threat. This is not a forecast. Turn to local TV/Radio for full details.
Charlotte Regional Skywarn (CRS) adds a new repeater to it’s network. We have entered into an agreement with the repeater trustee of the 145.350, that is located in Dallas, NC, to use the repeater as a backup to our primary site. Our main repeater will remain 145.230, a W4BFB repeater, and we will continue to use the 444.450, a W4CQ repeater, as a secondary backup. As a last resort we will utilize the 146.420 simplex frequency when all else fails.
We would like to thank the following for allowing us to operate on their repeaters in times of severe weather:
The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (W4BFB), The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club (W4CQ), and Gunny Christ (KF4LQT)
Main Repeater: 145.230
2nd Backup; 444.450
Simplex Backup: 146.420
Spring time is upon us! As the temperatures rise, so do the chances of springtime thunderstorms. This is the season where we generally see more of our severe weather occur, and it’s a great time to refresh ourselves, and our emergency plans. If you don’t have an emergency plan, now is the time to make one.
The tornado threat increases this time of year. Here are some things to remember:
- Tornado watch = The ingredients are present, where tornadoes could form. Be watchful
- Tornado Warning = There is a tornado in progress (spotted or radar indicated). SEEK SHELTER NOW!
- Go to the lowest floor of your home/business and the most interior room. You want the most walls between you and the outside of you building. Pick a room that has no windows if possible (a hallway, closet, or bathroom will work).
- There is no safe room inside a mobile home. Find shelter in a more sturdy structure. As a last resort, lay in a ditch. You want to get as low as possible. Most people are killed or injured from flying debris. The lower to the ground you are the better when it comes to protecting yourself from the debris..
- Do not shelter under a street overpass unless it’s a last resort. These have been proven to be unsafe. You’re better exiting your vehicle and finding a low lying ditch.
SKYWARN Spotters Reports (Specifically to Amateur Radio)
- Your Call Sign
- Which County & City are you in
- Your location with the closest intersection
- What are you reporting (tornado, funnel cloud or wall cloud. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE)
- Direction of travel of the tornado
- Any damage?
We are not storm chasers! If it’s not safe to make the report SEEK SHELTER! Safety is paramount.
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