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 Thunderstorm Potential Thursday

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From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Wednesday, 1 October 2014 11:42 CDT

Good morning,

Expect one more relatively quiet and hot day today before major weather changes affect all of north and central Texas beginning Thursday.

Isolated thunderstorms will be possible in our northwest areas (e.g. Graham, Jacksboro, Bowie, and Gainesville) this evening, and again late tonight and early Thursday. These storms are not expected to be severe. However, more widespread thunderstorm activity is expected Thursday afternoon into Thursday night as a strong cold front and upper level system move into the moist and unstable airmass over the area.

Conditions will be favorable for some of the storms to become severe Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. Hail up to golfball size and thunderstorm wind gusts up to 65 mph will be the primary threats. A brief tornado will be possible late Thursday afternoon or early Thursday evening, but the overall tornado threat appears low at this time. Locally heavy rains and isolated flooding will also be possible, but the advancing cold front should keep storms moving to the east pretty quickly so widespread flooding appears unlikely.

The attached graphics depict the locations that will most likely be affected by the greatest coverage of showers and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. Severe thunderstorms will be possible across ALL of north and central Texas, with the greatest chances along and especially east of Interstate 35/35W.

How Spotters May Contact the NWS Radio Desk

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There have been some recent queries about spotter repeater frequencies, or how can spotters contact the NWS Skywarn radio desk. Here is a brief list of methods and links to more details on how spotters can report weather conditions to the Fort Worth NWS warning forecast office, and radio desk.

Some of this information is on the Skywarn spotter training hand out. All spotters, experienced and new, should attend training every year. Spotter training covers new information and procedures, as well as the standard weather spotter basics and advanced topics.

Al Moller, a retired National Weather Service Forecaster, passed away early this morning

Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Al Moller, a retired National Weather Service Forecaster, passed away early this morning, June 19, 2014. His wife Patti called our office today to give us this heartbreaking news.

Al started his NWS career in 1974, and he held forecaster positions in Lubbock TX and Fort Worth TX. Al retired from the NWS in 2009 as a Senior Forecaster at WFO Fort Worth.

Al will be remembered for his passions: severe weather meteorology, spotter training, storm chasing, and photography.

The announcement on services is pending.

Greg Patrick
National Weather Service
WFO Fort Worth TX

Wyatt McCray Awarded Radio at Ham-Com

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Wyatt McCray is awarded a Kenwood TH-K20 radio by Mike Heskett (WB5QLD) of the WX5FWD NWS Skywarn Radio Desk team after passing the amateur radio license exam at Ham-Com. Wyatt is one of younger new hams that passed the license exam this year.

SKYWARN CWA - NWS Spotter Radio Access

Would you like to change any of these counties to green? Do you know why Bell and Fannin are green, when they are not within direct radio range of the NWS office? Help us provide a radio link from the storm spotters in your area to the Fort Worth National Weather Service forecasters. We may be able to assist in setting up a radio link with your local SKYWARN repeater. Direct, real time reports from spotters are important during severe weather events.

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