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: Additional Holiday Weekend Rainfall


From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 27 November 2015 10:24 CST

Good afternoon everyone,

Round one has moved through, and unfortunately, the rain is not over. At least two, and possibly a third round of rain will occur before the system moves east on Sunday. A short PDF has been attached to better show precipitation amounts, timing, and impacts.


This event is far from being over. This morning was round one, with round two coming in later this afternoon and tonight, and round three occurring on Saturday.

Emergency managers, government officials and other first responders throughout North and Central Texas should remain abreast of the latest forecasts, and be prepared for possible flood impacts. Additional staffing will be required for most areas through Sunday.

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, and for the Fort Worth office at 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.

Field Day 2015 results have been published on the ARRL website

Field Day 2015 results have been published on the ARRL website.

The WX5fWD SKYWARN Team finished 3rd in nation in our class of 1F. We had 2878 points. First was also a north Texas section station - W5FR with 6990 points. Second was K9UW with 4090 points.

We finished 595th in the nation for all classes.

Mike Heskett

ARRL Field Day 2015 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 W5D's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY

 Total Contacts = 954

 Operating Period: 2015/06/27 18:10 - 2015/06/28 17:58

 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band       Phone       %
 ----       -----     ---
   40          42       4
   20         383      40
   15         194      20
   10          16       2
    6         319      33
            -----     ---
 Total        954     100

CQ Field Day de W5D / WX5FWD - June 27-28, 2015

The Fort Worth NWS SKYWARN Radio Desk team will be active on several bands and modes during Field Day, Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, from the Fort Worth National Weather Service Forecast Office. Our special event call sign is W5D. We hope to talk to you, and add your call sign and information to our log. We'll publish the bands and frequencies we are working periodically during the event, on this web site and via our WX5FWD Twitter account.

Although not part of Field Day, we may be monitoring local SKYWARN systems during Field Day, in case there is a need for weather related information. According to the Friday hazardous weather outlook from the Fort Worth WFO, "Thunderstorm chances will shift south into central texas this weekend. A few stronger storms containing gusty winds and small hail will be possible." Of course, if spotters are activated, we will switch to monitoring affected areas for spotter reports. See How Spotters May Contact the NWS Radio Desk

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