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 on Severe Weather Potential Today

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:17 CDT

Good morning,

I wanted to share a quick update on our latest thinking regarding the severe weather potential for today...

BOTTOM LINE: A slight risk of severe thunderstorms will exist across all of North and Central Texas this afternoon and early this evening, with our primary area of concern being those counties north of Interstate 20...after 4 pm today, until approximately 9 pm. The main threat will be large hail and damaging wind gusts.

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