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: Heavy Rainfall & Flooding Potential

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From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Thursday, 18 September 2014 07:47 CDT

Good morning...

There will be a threat of locally heavy rain across parts of north and central Texas today. The greatest threat for flash flooding will be along and south of a line from Comanche to Waco to Centerville, where a Flash Flood Watch is in effect. The watch includes the Waco and Killeen areas, but does not include the DFW area.

The graphic attached to this email depicts the heavy rain threat areas today.

A very moist atmosphere will create an environment favorable for thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall. Any storm today across any part of north Texas could produce heavy rainfall, but we think the greatest threat of flash flooding will be across the southern areas where the storms will be most numerous. In the Flash Flood Watch area, rainfall rates of 2 inches or more per hour could cause flooding in urban areas and in small creeks and streams.

Conditions are not favorable for severe weather today or tonight. However, wind gusts up to 40 mph and frequent lightning will accompany thunderstorms.

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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