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 UPDATE:Severe Thunderstorms Friday

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From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 29 April 2016 10:35 CDT

Good morning,

Today is another day that springtime in Texas will assert herself. There is an abundance of low level moisture, instability, and favorable wind shear for severe thunderstorms today, including the potential for large hail and tornadoes. A surface low is over the south plains this morning, with a warm front draped just south of the Red River. Unfortunately, this is a classic severe weather setup for North and Central Texas. A short PDF has been attached to show the areas depicted and additional details.

BOTTOM LINE: Emergency management, government officials, media, and other core emergency response partners should be prepared for the possibility of significant severe weather impacts today or tonight. Jurisdictions with outdoor events should review their safety plans early today, then be prepared to enact those plans if conditions warrant. While severe weather will get your attention, there is also a risk of heavy rainfall and flash flooding, especially if storms begin to stall. Watch closely for any discrete thunderstorms. Timing of any one individual location will be extremely tricky, and officials should continue to monitor conditions multiple times through the rest of the day.

2015 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

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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 484 contacts in total, including 52 NWS offices.

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.

A HUGE Thank You for 2015!!

Tom Bradshaw - NOAA FederalSat, Dec 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

To all of our WX5FWD Skywarn colleagues

We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to host many of you at today's Skywarn Recognition Day!!

On behalf of everyone at WFO Fort Worth, I just want to thank you for the enormous contribution that you made to our warning mission in 2015. We had many days of severe weather and flooding this year, and your communications between us and the field helped us save lives and property, time and time again.

Many of you made huge personal sacrifices of time (and money) in order to answer the call from us. I believe Mike told us today that the group had racked up over 500 hours of operation this year. In particular, it seems like you guys practically lived with us during the months of April and May. We are so fortunate to have such an incredibly dedicated group of volunteer communication professionals to work with here at WFO Fort Worth.

Thank you again, from each of us. We wish all of you the best during this holiday season, and hope that health and prosperity remains with you throughout the new year.

With very, very best wishes,

Tom and the WFO Fort Worth team

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Tom Bradshaw
Meteorologist-in-Charge
WFO Dallas Fort Worth
National Weather Service

www.weather.gov/fwd/
@NWSFortWorth

"Helping Texans make sound weather
and water decisions that save lives."

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 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.

NWS Special Event 2015 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

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2015 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Fort Worth NWS CWA The 17th annual SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, December 4th, 18:00 (6PM) CST, until Saturday, December 5 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time, December 5, 2015, from 00:00 to 24:00 UTC.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the event, SKYWARN radio operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world. This event is also aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.

National information regarding SKYWARN Recognition Day is published at hamradio.noaa.gov, and for the Fort Worth office at wx5fwd.org. A list of NWS participating offices is on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page. The national event organizer is Matt Mehle from NWS WFO Monterrey. Matt and the Monterrey staff do an outstanding job with this event!

As in previous years, North Texas spotters are encouraged to participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day, and log radio contacts with NWS offices and SKYWARN spotter groups.

SKYWARN volunteers may visit the Fort Worth Weather Forecast Office (WFO) on Saturday December 5. Lunch will be provided. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, December 4 via WX5FWD.ORG/RSVP, or send email to SRD@WX5FWD.ORG. Please RSVP including your name, email address, call sign (not required), and county. More details will be provided to attendees via email. Please RSVP if you plan to visit.

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