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: Memorial Day Weekend Thunderstorms and Flooding


From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 22 May 2015 13:19 CDT

Good afternoon,

We remain in an extremely moist and unsettled weather pattern - a pattern that continues to give us a potential for locally heavy rainfall, additional flooding, and severe weather. This pattern will continue intensify Saturday and Saturday night, and again Monday night. A short PDF has been attached to show confidence and impacts, and areas of concern. Also included in this slide set is a map of the lake drainage basins for the NWS Fort Worth area of responsibility.


This will be an “all hands on deck” weekend for weather. Severe weather and flash flooding will both be significant risks. Those charged with making decisions in the interest of public safety should monitor the current conditions and forecasts closely through Monday night. Any area which receives more than 1” of additional rainfall (in less than 3 hours) will see impacts.

As we've stressed, please don't focus on 5-7 day rainfall total graphics. The nature of the current thunderstorm activity is challenging our models and human expertise in terms of accurately pinpointing the location, timing and amounts of rainfall that we'll see, more than about 1-2 days in advance. Because of this, you must keep up with forecasts, advisories and warnings on a daily basis or more frequently.


Information for Storm Spotters

SKYWARN Storm Spotters should attend the annual training sessions provided by National Weather Service (NWS). Those sessions give spotters the basic information they need to know to safely and effectively provide severe weather reports. You are considered a trained spotter by attending a training session. Attending annually also gives you updates on the latest training information. Safety is the primary concern of the training.

If you missed the scheduled training sessions, there is spotter reference material and training on the Internet. This material is useful to the trained spotter as well.

First SKYWARN Class of 2015


From: The Fort Worth National Weather Service Forecast Office
Date: January 5, 2015

The 2015 Skywarn Tour begins January 6th!

The National Weather Service will be holding a Skywarn spotter training session on Tuesday, January 6th in Marlin in Falls County. The class will be held from 7 to 9 PM at the Falls on the Brazos State Park. The training is free, open to everyone, and there is no registration or sign up necessary. Even if you don't reside in Falls County, you are welcome to attend. Spotting and reporting, identifying storm and cloud features, safety rules, information sharing and planning for a severe weather day will be discussed. Become a certified spotter! We look forward to seeing you there!

For the full schedule of classes and locations visit:

Even if you have already attended spotter training, please considering going again for a refresher, and for new or changed information. Staying current on spotter training may be as important as initial training. Don't be afraid, be prepared!

NWS Hours

Attached is a spreadsheet of the 2014 Hours worked and a graph of all years that I have data.

We came up a little from the numbers in July with a couple of long events and some ice work on 12/31.

Michael Heskett

2014 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

Thank You

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 556 contacts in total, including 51 NWS office and 10 DX stations as far away as Europe.

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.

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