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: Little Impact from Tropical Storm Cindy


From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:12 CDT

Bottom Line

Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to have little impact on North Texas weather through Thursday. Cindy will make landfall early Thursday morning near the TX/LA border and move north into the Arklatex. Some rain bands on the western side of the storm could affect our far eastern counties. Total rainfall amounts across our eastern counties are expected to be around 1".


The tropical system will make landfall early Thursday morning along the TX/LA border. Other than some increasing high cloud cover and breezy winds (15-25 mph), the storm should have little overall impact to weather in North Texas. Some outer rain bands could result in some rainfall across our far eastern counties during the day Thursday into Thursday night. Rainfall amounts should generally be around 1". No other significant impacts are expected from this storm system. Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected across all of North Texas over the weekend and continuing into early next week.

How Spotters May Contact the NWS Radio Desk


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.

2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25

The Fort Worth NWS SKYWARN Radio Desk team will be active on several bands and modes during Field Day, Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, from the Fort Worth National Weather Service Forecast Office. Our special event call sign is W5T. We hope to contact you, and add your call sign and information to our log. We'll publish the bands, frequencies, and other information periodically during the event on the web site and social media WX5FWD Twitter account and FaceBook.

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

Cloud Chart


During HAMCOM a few people asked about a color cloud brochure handout for spotters. The printed version of this brochure may be cost prohibitive as a general hand out. However, I found the PDF versions online at the following web site locations. The JetStream - An Online School for Weather provides details associated with the cloud chart.

CWA Local SKYWARN Frequencies Map

We have created a Google county warning area (CWA) map view that displays local spotter frequency information for counties when the county is clicked. A companion CWA Frequencies page lists the frequencies as a table. Click on the frequencies to open a new browser window containing Repeater Book details about the repeater frequency.

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