The WX5FWD SKYWARN™ team are volunteer radio operator liaisons for the Fort Worth National Weather Service (NWS) North Texas SKYWARN™ Spotters. During SKYWARN events, you are reporting information to our team and the the NWS warning forecasters. Three goals of a storm spotter are to safely observe, identify and report conditions.

Weather spotters provide what's called "ground truth" to the National Weather Service and emergency weather management. Spotters are needed because, while radar is very good at helping the National Weather Service see what's going on in the upper atmosphere, it's unable to detect what's actually happening on the ground because of the curvature of the Earth. Knowing the "ground truth" about a weather event from the location can be the deciding factor to issue a warning.

NWS Fort Worth/Dallas Hazardous Weather Update: Significant Flash Flood Threat

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Saturday, 23 May 2015 13:23 CDT

Good afternoon,

We've been advertising a significant threat for hazardous weather over this Memorial Day Weekend, and the pattern is developing as expected. We will have all the ingredients for heavy rainfall and at least isolated severe weather: Copious moisture, good instability, and strong lift. This e-mail keys on a few locations and times where we have greater confidence in the development of flash flooding and severe weather. However, from this point on, it will be important to begin monitoring radar, our watches, warnings, and advisories, and NWSChat for critical short-term updates.

BOTTOM LINE:

We've been saying it for the past couple of days, and it still holds: This will be an “all hands on deck” holiday weekend for weather. Flash flooding and severe weather will both be significant risks for all of North and Central Texas. Those charged with making decisions in the interest of public safety should now be monitoring the current conditions warnings and forecasts closely through Monday night. DO NOT HESITATE to contact WFO Fort Worth by NWSChat or phone if you have any needs whatsoever.

TIMING/LOCATIONS OF THREATS:

Information for Storm Spotters

SKYWARN Storm Spotters should attend the annual training sessions provided by National Weather Service (NWS). Those sessions give spotters the basic information they need to know to safely and effectively provide severe weather reports. You are considered a trained spotter by attending a training session. Attending annually also gives you updates on the latest training information. Safety is the primary concern of the training.

If you missed the scheduled training sessions, there is spotter reference material and training on the Internet. This material is useful to the trained spotter as well.

First SKYWARN Class of 2015

1stclass

From: The Fort Worth National Weather Service Forecast Office
Date: January 5, 2015

The 2015 Skywarn Tour begins January 6th!

The National Weather Service will be holding a Skywarn spotter training session on Tuesday, January 6th in Marlin in Falls County. The class will be held from 7 to 9 PM at the Falls on the Brazos State Park. The training is free, open to everyone, and there is no registration or sign up necessary. Even if you don't reside in Falls County, you are welcome to attend. Spotting and reporting, identifying storm and cloud features, safety rules, information sharing and planning for a severe weather day will be discussed. Become a certified spotter! We look forward to seeing you there!

For the full schedule of classes and locations visit: www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd


Even if you have already attended spotter training, please considering going again for a refresher, and for new or changed information. Staying current on spotter training may be as important as initial training. Don't be afraid, be prepared!

NWS Hours

Attached is a spreadsheet of the 2014 Hours worked and a graph of all years that I have data.

We came up a little from the numbers in July with a couple of long events and some ice work on 12/31.

Michael Heskett
WB5QLD

2014 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

Thank You

Thank you! Everyone who participates in SKYWARN storm spotting makes SKYWARN Recognition Day a wonderful event. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

The W5W/WX5FWD station logged 556 contacts in total, including 51 NWS office and 10 DX stations as far away as Europe.

We have created a log of contacts with a link to display a QSL card for printing. Click on the Read More to display the QSL Log page.

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