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.

Saturday NWS Update: Potential for Thunderstorms and Hazardous Weather

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Saturday, 18 April 2015 12:12 CDT

Good afternoon everyone,

Here's another update on the potential for hazardous weather across North and Central Texas. We know many outdoor (and indoor) events are underway or planned across the area this weekend.

Scattered thunderstorms ARE again expected across much of North Central Texas later today and this evening. The specific timing into the Metroplex/I-35 corridor may be similar to yesterday's activity: A 6 - 9 pm window. Lightning will remain an ever present threat to anyone outside. A few storms may also produce strong gusty winds and hail to 1.5". Tornadoes remain a very low risk, given the lack of significant low-level wind shear. Flooding will be much less of a threat today as well. Sunday looks great - no thunderstorms or rain expected.

First SKYWARN Class of 2015


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:

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

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.

NWS Special Event 2014 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

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2014 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Fort Worth NWS CWA The 2014 SKYWARN® Recognition Day 24 hour event is from Friday evening, December 5th, 18:00 (6PM) CST, until Saturday, December 6 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time, December 6, 2014, 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 day, SKYWARN radio operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

National information regarding SKYWARN Recognition Day is published at, and for the Fort Worth office at The national event organizer is Matt Mehle from NWS WFO Monterrey. By the way, 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 6. Lunch will be provided. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, December 5 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. Note: Due to a remodeling project at the NWS, some limitations on restroom facilities may exist.

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