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 Email Findings / Research

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Monday, 5 July 2016 9:52 CDT

This summer we have been working with our summer volunteer, Samiee Espinoza, who is a technical writing student at UNT. Since she is working with us, she is naturally a weather savvy person as well. The project she has been researching is centered around the “NWS UPDATE: “ emails we send on occasion. You’ll saw a preview of the changes in the template and wording in the email we sent last Friday.

Samiee has interviewed around 15 people, mainly emergency managers. A few amateur radio operators were included, as well as a few from the general public. The feedback received has been fantastic, and a big “thank you” to those of you whom she interviewed. Before Samiee was selected as our volunteer, we, at the NWS Fort Worth, wanted to test the assumption of our emails being read and received as they were intended. It became clear to us this assumption was partially incorrect.

I’ll summarize some of the changes in a bit. First, I wanted to lay out the philosophy and reasoning for sending out the “NWS UPDATE:” emails.

ARRL Field Day 2016 QSL Log

We have published a preliminary log of Field Day contacts with a feature to display a QSL card for possible printing. We will be reviewing and updating as necessary over the next several days.

Click on Read More to display the QSL Log page.

Preliminary W5W's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY

 Total Contacts = 652

 Operating Period: 2016/06/25 18:25 - 2016/06/26 17:59

 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band       CW   Phone     Dig   Total       %
 ----       --   -----     ---   -----     ---
   80        0       1       0       1       0
   40        0     233       4     237      36
   20        0     360       2     362      56
   15        0      35       1      36       6
   10        0       1       0       1       0
    6        0      15       0      15       2
            --   -----     ---   -----     ---
 Total       0     645       7     652     100
 

2015 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

QSL

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

--
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.

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