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: More rain tonight through Monday night & arctic cold air later in the week

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From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Sunday, 4 December 2016 13:19 CST

General Overview

Good afternoon,

Widespread rainfall has temporarily ended across the region. However, another round of rain and isolated thunderstorms is expected to develop tonight and continue through Monday as an upper level low pressure system moves across the state. The best rain chances will be on Monday with all precipitation ending Monday night. Additional rainfall amounts may result in some minor nuisance flooding issues but widespread flooding is not anticipated.Rainfall totals through Monday night will generally be less than one inch. Occasional lightning strikes are also expected.

Looking ahead:

Once this system departs Monday night, quiet weather is expected Tuesday before an arctic cold front moves across the region Wednesday. The passage of the cold front will bring a slight chance of showers across the east Wednesday afternoon and evening followed by rapidly falling temperatures overnight Wednesday. The arctic air will remain in place through Friday but no winter precipitation is anticipated. Low temps will be mainly in the 20s Wednesday night and Thursday Night with wind chills in the teens.

NWS Special Event 2016 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

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2016 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Fort Worth NWS CWA The annual SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, December 2nd 18:00 (6PM) CST until Saturday December 3rd 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time December 3, 2016, 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 hamradio.noaa.gov and the ARRL. A list of participating NWS offices is on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page. The national event organizer is Matt Mehle from the Monterrey CA NWS forecast office. Matt and the Monterrey staff do an outstanding job for this event! David McAnally (WD5M), with support from the WX5FWD Radio Desk Team, is the local coordinator for the Fort Worth NWS WFO.

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 on Saturday December 3. Lunch will be provided. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, December 2 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.

Continuity of Operations Test Between NWS Offices

CO-OP Test

Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Memphis, TN, coordinated a Continuity of Operations (CO-OP) Test on HF radios for November 3, 2016. NWS Offices participating included Fort Worth, TX (WX5FWD), Little Rock, AR (WX5LZK) and Memphis, TN (WX4MEM). HF SSB radio contact was successful on 40M and 80M bands. Jory McIntosh (KJ5RM), Rick Sagers (W7YC), Mike Heskett (WB5QLD) and David McAnally participated from the Fort Worth NWS WFO.

ARRL Field Day 2016 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 W5W's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY

 Total Contacts = 652

 Operating Period: 2016/06/25 18:25 - 2016/06/26 17:59

 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band       CW   Phone     Dig   Total       %
 ----       --   -----     ---   -----     ---
   80        0       1       0       1       0
   40        0     233       4     237      36
   20        0     360       2     362      56
   15        0      35       1      36       6
   10        0       1       0       1       0
    6        0      15       0      15       2
            --   -----     ---   -----     ---
 Total       0     645       7     652     100
 

A HUGE Thank You for 2015!!

Tom Bradshaw - NOAA FederalSat, Dec 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

To all of our WX5FWD Skywarn colleagues

We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to host many of you at today's Skywarn Recognition Day!!

On behalf of everyone at WFO Fort Worth, I just want to thank you for the enormous contribution that you made to our warning mission in 2015. We had many days of severe weather and flooding this year, and your communications between us and the field helped us save lives and property, time and time again.

Many of you made huge personal sacrifices of time (and money) in order to answer the call from us. I believe Mike told us today that the group had racked up over 500 hours of operation this year. In particular, it seems like you guys practically lived with us during the months of April and May. We are so fortunate to have such an incredibly dedicated group of volunteer communication professionals to work with here at WFO Fort Worth.

Thank you again, from each of us. We wish all of you the best during this holiday season, and hope that health and prosperity remains with you throughout the new year.

With very, very best wishes,

Tom and the WFO Fort Worth team

--
Tom Bradshaw
Meteorologist-in-Charge
WFO Dallas Fort Worth
National Weather Service

www.weather.gov/fwd/
@NWSFortWorth

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