Archive for December, 2010

2011 PARC ARES SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training

Krissy Scotten will be presenting a SKYWARN certification class for the PARC ARES group on Tuesday March 8th 2011 at 19:30 at the AES Building at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX. If you are unable to attend the SKYWARN Training scheduled for our ARES meeting, the 2011 Spotter Training Schedule is available here.

Skywarn® is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) severe weather spotting program with nearly 290,000 trained volunteers nationwide. Since the late 1960s, trained Skywarn® spotters have helped support the NWS’ primary mission of protecting life and property through the issuance of severe weather warnings. These dedicated citizens help keep their local community safe by conveying severe weather reports to their local NWS Forecast Office. Skywarn® spotters are integral to the success of our Nation’s severe weather warning system.

Every year the NWS conducts Skywarn® spotter training sessions. The NWS currently has 122 Weather Forecast Offices across the nation, each with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the Skywarn® program in their local area. There is no charge and a typical class takes about 2 hours to conduct.

Storm Spotter certification is required every two years, but please consider attending this class even if your certification has not expired. We have some new personnel out at the Amarillo NWS, and this would be a great time to meet them. Additionally, Krissy Scotten, Warning Coordination Meteorologist NWS AMA, will be instructing our training and she has indicated that she will be putting together a more “robust” or “advanced” curriculum specifically for our group. If you are unable to attend this training, information on future spotter trailing classes will be posted here as information is available. If you are not currently a SKYWARN spotter and you are interested in joining our volunteer group you are welcome to attend this training as well.

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service.  Rules for the usage of the SKYWARN® name and logo are available here.

For more information about SKYWARN, please click here.

If you are interested in joining ARES, please click here.

If you are interested in Amateur Radio, please click here.


The 2011 National Storm Conference

TESSA–The Texas Severe Storms Association

Saturday, March 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Colleyville Center – Colleyville, Texas

The National Storm Conference is a full day of presentations from some of the top severe weather experts in the country. Storm spotters, chasers, forecasters, researchers, emergency managers and others gather at the conference for a day of learning and fun. It’s free and open to the public, so come and join us for the biggest event in Tornado Alley! The National Storm Conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Arrive early, seating is limited.

For more information please visit http://tessa.org/


Storm Reports via Twitter

 You can now submit your significant weather observations to the National Weather Service (NWS) via Twitter.

Everyone talks about the weather.  Now’s your chance to “tweet” it and be heard.  Through an experimental program, the National Weather Service will be searching for tweets that contain significant weather information.

Why Twitter?

An advantage of searching Twitter for weather reports is the capability to utilize recently added “geotagging” — geographical information that is associated with something, in this case individual Tweets.  This allows the NWS to correlate each Tweet to its location when it was sent.  This capability will help to enhance and increase timely and accurate online weather reporting and communication between the public and their local weather forecast offices.  The reports will be carefully evaluated during the experiment to ensure quality and timeliness.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone with a Twitter account can participate.  Note: Trained storm spotters should use pre-established communication methods (Amateur Radio, toll-free line, eSpotter, etc.), when possible, to send severe weather reports to the NWS–although Twitter reports (photos) may be useful in addition to pre-established methods.

Here’s What You Need to Do:

If Geotagging is available on your 3rd party Twitter application:

  1. Make sure geotagging is turned on for your 3rd party Twitter app.
  2. Make sure geotagging is turned on for your Twitter account page.
  3. Submit your Tweet report via your 3rd party app in the following format:
    #wxreport your significant weather report

Some examples of weather report tweets with geotagging:

Ex. 1:   #wxreport 6.0″ of new snow as of 1 pm
Ex. 2:   #wxreport Hail 3/4 inch in diameter at 4:25 pm

If Geotagging is NOT available on your 3rd party Twitter application (or you want to use the web-based Twitter.com):

  1. Log into your Twitter account via the web or mobile device.
  2. Submit your tweet report in the following format:
    #wxreport  WW  your location WW  your significant weather report
  3. Your location can be just about anything, but the more specific the better.  Here are some examples listed from most accurate to least accurate location identification:
    • Most accurate–A latitude and longitude:
      WW 44.231, -88.485 WW
    • An address:
      WW 2485 S Point Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313 WW
    • A street intersection:
      WW intersection of Holly St and N 4th St, Perry, OK WW
    • A city name:
      WW Ft Lauderdale, FL WW
    • Least accurate–A zip code:
      WW 53221 WW

Some examples of weather report tweets without geotagging:

Ex. 1:   #wxreport WW 1289 W Oakridge Circle, St Louis, MO WW 6.0″ new snow as of 1 pm
Ex. 2:   #wxreport WW 44.115, -88.595 WW Hail 3/4 inch in diameter at 4:25 pm

What You Can Report

You can tweet any weather event that occurs in your local area, but we are most interested in significant events: snowfall, severe weather, flooding, etc.  In particular:

  • Damage from winds–briefly describe what was damaged and time it occurred.
  • Hail–include size of hail and time it fell.
  • Tornadoes or funnel clouds.
  • Flooding–briefly describe what is occurring.
  • Snowfall during an event and storm total.  When reporting snowfall, include the time period when it fell.
  • Freezing rain or freezing drizzle producing a ‘glaze’ on objects or roads.
  • Dense fog restricting visibility to less than a half mile.

Additional Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The purpose of this project is to allow people to submit reports.  Please be responsible and respectful of the purpose.
  • Be as specific as possible when describing the weather report.
  • A valid Twitter user account is required to submit reports.  As such, use of this service constitutes an agreement to the terms of service of the provider. Go to: http://twitter.com/tos for more information
  • Interested in displaying tweets from the project on your own web page? The files you need are contained here (zip). See the “readme.txt” file included for more information.

Monitoring Your Reports

The following external (non-NWS) links will monitor #wxreport tweets (click the links below):

Note: Some #wxreport monitoring websites that plot the weather report on a map may not properly plot tweets that use the “WW” location tag.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the program, please contact Corey Pieper — corey.pieper@noaa.gov


Winter Weather Preparedness

With winter weather in the forecast, it seems as though this would be a good time for a reminder of a few simple safety tips that could save a life. Dress for the Season Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothes in layers. Trapped air insulates. Remove layers to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded. Wear a hat. Half your body heat loss can be from the head. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves. Try to stay dry.

In Vehicles:

Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins.

Road Conditions Hotlines:

Texas Panhandle 1-806-468-1488
Texas 1-800-452-9292
Oklahoma 1-405-425-2385
New Mexico 1-800-432-4269
Colorado 1-303-639-1111
Kansas 1-800-585-7623

For Current Weather Conditions and Forecast: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/

Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit:

  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Knife
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Compass and road maps.
  • Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Avoid traveling alone.
  • Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

At Home and Work

Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.

Have available:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather
  • Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside.
  • Extra food and water. Have high energy food, such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
  • Extra medicine and baby items.
  • First-aid supplies.
  • Heating fuel. Refuel before you are empty. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm.
  • Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater. Use properly to prevent a fire. Ventilate properly.
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm. Test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.

On the Farm/Pets

  • Move animals to sheltered areas.
  • Shelter belts, properly laid out and oriented, are better protection for cattle than confining shelters, such
    as sheds.
  • Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
  • Have water available. Most animals die from dehydration in winter storms.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/ama/prepared/winterstorm.pdf


2011 National Severe Weather Workshop

March 3 – 5, 2011

Norman Oklahoma

Please join us in Norman for a unique and growing workshop focused on hazardous weather information-sharing, and discussions on the effective transmission of messages about meteorological risk. Emergency managers, weather enthusiasts, teachers, students, meteorologists, broadcasters, and vendors in threat alerting, sheltering, and communications will gather, present, and discuss inter-related topics about weather hazards in early March. Some of the subjects that will be highlighted during the 2011 National Severe Weather Workshop include:

  • Impacts of Hazardous Weather Events: Response and Recovery
  • The Role of Law Enforcement in Weather Emergencies
  • Progress in Prediction Technologies
  • Siren Policy
  • National Weather Service Products, Services, and Outreach
  • Weather Radar Technology Updates and Training
  • Media Relations
  • Psychological Impacts and Issues of Significant Weather Events
  • Weather Trade and Technology Expo

More information at: http://www.norman.noaa.gov/nsww/


  • Register Here to Receive ARES RACES & SKYWARN Alert Messages to Your Personal Cell Phone

    Phone number

    Carrier

    Include Area Code *Standard text messaging rates may apply from your carrier*
  • Click here to follow Panhandle ARES on Twitter!

    Follow PanhandleARES on Twitter
  • Upcoming Events

    Loading...
  • Bike MS 2012

    Loading...
  • PARC Field Day 2012

    Loading...
  • SKYWARN Recognition Day 2011

    Loading...
  • Spook-O-Ree 2011

    Loading...
  • Tour D’ Cotton

    Loading...
  • 2011 Tri-State Fair Parade

    Loading...
  • 2011 W5WX Field Day

    Loading...
  • RSS Spotter Network Reports

    • Hail Size: 1.00" (Quarter) near 0 miles SE of GRAFTON, IA
      "(Reported By) Steve Yezek (Time) 2016-05-26 08:12:00 UTC (Notes) Largest hailstones were 1" measured, most were 3/4" or less. Estimated wind speed was around 30-40mph. Hail stones were measured approximate 3:05am at this location. " […]
  • PARC ARES on Twitter

  • RSS ARRL News

    • ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30
      ARRL Headquarters will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Tuesday, May 26, at 8 AM (EDT). We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!  […]
    • Search Continues for STMSat-1 Radio Signal
      Youngsters at St Thomas More Cathedral School in Virginia remain optimistic that their STMSat-1 CubeSat, deployed on May 16 from the International Space Station, will begin transmitting a signal. The CubeSat was rebooted from the ground just after 0400 UTC on May 24. Helping in the search is the Space Science Center at Morehead State University in Kentucky, […]
    • Amateur Radio to Play Major Role in June Pacific Northwest Earthquake Exercise
      Cascadia Rising, the largest FEMA exercise of 2016, will get under way on June 7, and Oregon and Washington ARES/RACES organizations both will be heavily involved, with a significant investment of HF activity planned. The scenario will be an earthquake and tsunami disaster involving the entire Pacific Northwest, and the exercise will start with a blackout of […]
    • New ARRL Extra Class License Manual Available as Softcover, Spiral-Bound, or E-Book
      Achieve the highest level of Amateur Radio licenses. The new ARRL Extra Class License Manual (11th edition) is available in softcover, spiral-bound, or e-book versions. With the optional academic-style spiral-bound edition (ARRL Item 0550, ISBN: 978-1-62595-055-0, $32.95), the manual lies flat, making it more convenient for both students and instructors.The […]
    • Kosovo Z60A CQ WPX CW Participation a Dry Run for IARU HF Championship HQ Station Debut
      Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF, will be at the helm of the Kosovo Amateur Radio Association (SHRAK) station Z60A during the CQ WPX CW contest over the Memorial Day weekend. SHRAK is the newest International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society. The operation will be in preparation for SHRAK’s debut as an official headquarters station for the IARU HF Championshi […]
  • RSS FEMA News Releases

    • March Flood Survivors: Stay in Touch With FEMA to Keep Recovery Going
      RIDGELAND, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourage survivors of the March storms and flooding in Mississippi to keep their recovery process on track by calling the FEMA helpline. The deadline to register with FEMA was May 24, but survivors can still call to check on the status of their applica […]
    • Federal Aid Programs for the State of Montana Declaration
      Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Montana.Assistance for the State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required: Language English […]
    • President Declares Disaster for Montana
      WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Montana to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm and straight-line winds during the period of April 15-16, 2016. Language English […]
    • Holiday Hours Announced for Federal/State Disaster Recovery Centers
      AUSTIN, Texas – All federal/state disaster recovery centers assisting Texans affected by the April storms and flooding will close on Memorial Day.Holiday weekend hours will be:Friday, May 27: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday, May 28: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Sunday, May 29: ClosedMonday, May 30: Closed (Memorial Day)The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Outr […]
    • Texans Have 30 Days Left to Register for April Flood Disaster Aid
      AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who suffered damage or loss from the April storms and flooding have only 30 more days to register with FEMA for disaster assistance.The registration deadline is Friday, June 24 for residents with disaster-related damage or loss in 12 Texas counties. Those counties are Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montg […]
  • Copyright © 1996-2010 PanhandleARES.org. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress