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 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: Pattern Change Next Week

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From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 15 December 2017 10:21 CDT

Bottom Line

The weather pattern is expected to change by next weekend and beyond (Dec 22-27th). We are quite confident that this pattern change will bring colder temperatures to North and Central Texas around the Christmas Holiday.

Some of our forecast guidance produces wintry precipitation during this time, and some guidance does not. We have all seen some of the raw model forecasts showing ice, snow, rain, and all possible combinations. We will know much more about this system next week. Unfortunately, it does appear that weather in some form or fashion will play a part of all of our plans this Christmas.

2017 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

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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 280 contacts in total.

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 2017 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

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2017 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Fort Worth NWS CWA The 2017 SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, December 1st 18:00 (6PM) CST until Saturday December 2nd 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time December 2, 2017, 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 SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event, operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

National information regarding SKYWARN Recognition Day is published at www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition and the ARRL. A list of participating NWS offices is on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page. David McAnally (WD5M), with the WX5FWD Radio Desk Team, is the local SKYWARN Recognition day coordinator for the Fort Worth NWS WFO.

North Texas spotters are encouraged to participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day, and log radio contacts with NWS offices and SKYWARN spotter groups. We hope to share memories and recognize all spotters who provide vital information to forecasters for warnings.

SKYWARN volunteers may visit the Fort Worth Weather Forecast Office on Saturday December 2. Lunch will be provided. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, December 1 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.

ARRL Field Day 2017 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 WX5FWD/W5T's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY

 Total Contacts = 283
 Operating Period: 2017/06/24 18:00 - 2017/06/25 18:00
 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band       CW   Phone     Dig   Total       %
 ----       --   -----     ---   -----     ---
   80        0       1       0       1       0
   40        0     107       0     107      38
   20        0      29       1      30      11
   15        0      11       0      11       4
   10        0       3       0       3       1
    6        0     131       0     131      46
            --   -----     ---   -----     ---
 Total       0     282       1     283     100

Here is a summary of the last few years for comparison:

2017 - QSOs 283   QSO points   568   Bonus points 1050
2016 - QSOs 652   QSO points  1318   Bonus points 850
2015 - QSOs 954   QSO points  1908   Bonus points 970
2014 - QSOs 202   QSO points   408   Bonus points 650
 

How Spotters May Contact the NWS Radio Desk

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This 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.

Alternative methods...

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 spotter basic and advanced topics.

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