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New early season harmful algal bloom forecasts for Lake Erie are now available

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2015-07-26 21:36
In response to increased demand for harmful algal bloom information and data, beginning today, NOAA researchers, and their partners at Heidelberg University, will issue new experimental, early season forecasts of the seasonal harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie. This information could be used by resource and public health managers deal with the toxic blooms, which can affect human and animal health.

NOAA announces $9 million in grants to improve coastal community resilience

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2015-07-26 21:36
Two new NOAA grant programs will help coastal communities and their managers create on-the-ground projects to make them more resilient to the effects of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

Craig McLean named new leader for NOAA Research

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2015-07-26 21:36
Today, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D, announced that Craig McLean, deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has been selected to head the office, which is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise, including laboratories and programs across the country.

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:37:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sun, 2015-07-26 15:37
FLUS44 KFWD 262037 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 337 PM CDT SUN JUL 26 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-271200- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 337 PM CDT SUN JUL 26 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL RANGE BETWEEN 99 AND 105 FOR MOST AREAS LATE THIS AFTERNOON. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. AFTERNOON HEAT INDEX VALUES BETWEEN 100 TO 105 DEGREE ARE EXPECTED FOR MOST OF THE REGION MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS GENERALLY NORTHEAST OF A JACKSBORO TO CAMERON LINE ON THURSDAY...AND OVER ALL OF NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS ON FRIDAY. CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING AND GUSTY WINDS ARE THE PRIMARY HAZARDS WITH ANY STORMS THAT DEVELOP. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:31:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sun, 2015-07-26 03:32
FLUS44 KFWD 260831 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 331 AM CDT SUN JUL 26 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-271015- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 331 AM CDT SUN JUL 26 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL RANGE BETWEEN 100 AND 105 FOR MOST AREAS THIS AFTERNOON. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. AFTERNOON HEAT INDEX VALUES BETWEEN 100 TO 105 DEGREE ARE EXPECTED FOR MOST OF THE REGION MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS GENERALLY NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR ON THURSDAY AND OVER ALL OF NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS ON FRIDAY. CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING AND GUSTY WINDS ARE THE PRIMARY HAZARDS WITH ANY STORMS THAT DEVELOP. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

VoIP Hurricane Prep Net Report - Saturday July 25th, 2015

VoIP SKYWARN Hurricane Net - Sat, 2015-07-25 20:18

The following stations checked into the Skywarn Hurricane Prep
Net for July 25, 2015. Checkins are taken via voice (Echolink
or IRLP), and via Echolink textbox. Note that only one checkin
per callsign will be noted on the log...no matter which way you
checkin to the net. The callsign location data is noted from the
HamData and QRZ websites, unless otherwise noted. In the notes
below, the web address of the VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net is
FIRST, due to display issues with Facebook.

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Voice Checkins (Echolink/IRLP):

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WX1DER, Daryl, Little Rock, Arkansas (Net Control)
KD1CY, Rob, New Bedford, Massachusetts (Backup Net Control/Net Management)
WA3TOY, Kurt, Pasadena, Maryland (Skywarn Coordinator)
WB8YYS, Gregg, Stowe, Ohio (Skywarn Coordinator)
KJ4EJH, John, Newport, North Carolina (Skywarn Coordinator)
KJ4JPE, Janice, Newport, North Carolina (Skywarn Coordinator)
KR4NL, Ed, Petersburg, Virginia (Skywarn Coordinator)
JH1OCA, Ken, Tokyo, Japan
VA3WXA, Gord, Toronto, Canada (Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Net)
N1VXP, Rick, Chillicothe, Ohio
KB1CYO, Phil, Foxborough, Massachusetts
N5ZUA, Steve, Houston, Texas
AF5JG, Eric, Marrero, Louisiana
KJ4CHS, Tom, Richmond, Virginia
KG6FIY, Endaf, Long Beach, California
KG5CEN, Glen, (Mobile over Lake Ponchatrain, Louisiana)
KA5EZQ, Rick, Belle Chasse, Louisiana
WB7PTR, Lynn, New Orleans, Louisiana
N0TAZ, Leon, Trenton, New Jersey

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Textbox Checkins:

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KA1NMA, Bob, Plymouth, Massachusetts
W4CFH, Chuck, Edgewater, Florida
VE1MBR, Bob, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Canadian Hurricane Centre)
KF0DZ, Allin, Springfield, Missouri
VE1AKT, Al, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (CANWARN)
N4ARZ, Gary, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
WB4TNH, Richard, Nashville, Tennessee

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NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:49:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sat, 2015-07-25 19:49
FLUS44 KFWD 260049 AAB HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 749 PM CDT SAT JUL 25 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-270100- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 749 PM CDT SAT JUL 25 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT. NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL CLIMB INTO THE 100 TO 105 DEGREE RANGE FOR MOST AREAS SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE SOUTHEAST COUNTIES ON THURSDAY AND OVER ALL OF NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS ON FRIDAY. THE PRIMARY HAZARD WOULD BE CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase 3E Opportunity

ARRL News - Sat, 2015-07-25 17:27

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3E space frame into high-Earth orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an Amateur Radio satellite. During the AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting on July 4, the membership approved the concept, agreeing to allow the Phase 3E space frame currently stored in Germany to be shipped to Virginia Tech for further const...

SEA-PAC Pioneer Al Berg, W7SIC, SK

ARRL News - Fri, 2015-07-24 20:15

One of the founding chairmen of SEA-PAC, Allan J. “Al” Berg, W7SIC, of Hillsboro, Oregon, died on July 22. He was 81 and had been suffering from cancer.

“Al was instrumental in assuring that SEA-PAC would be the premier Northwest ham convention and the ARRL Northwestern Division Convention,” said ARRL Oregon Section Manager Everett Curry, W6ABM. “He is credited with securing the ARRL National Co...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 2015-07-24 10:42

All daily sunspot numbers dipped into the double digits last week, with the average declining from 73.7 to 43.4. This compares the latest July 16-22 period against the previous seven days.

Over the same periods, average daily solar flux went from 114.8 to 95.1.

Geomagnetic indices were mostly quiet, with average daily planetary A index going from 13.7 to 6.1 and average mid-latitude A index decli...

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Fri, 24 Jul 2015 03:45:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Fri, 2015-07-24 03:45
FLUS44 KFWD 240845 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 345 AM CDT FRI JUL 24 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-250845- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 345 AM CDT FRI JUL 24 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL REACH THE 100 TO 106 DEGREE RANGE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL CLIMB INTO THE 100 TO 103 DEGREE RANGE IN MOST AREAS EACH DAY. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$ BRADSHAW

FCC Proposes Fining Georgia Ham $1000 for Failing to Identify

ARRL News - Thu, 2015-07-23 17:31

The FCC has proposed fining a Georgia ham $1000 for alleged failure to properly identify. David J. Tolassi, W4BHV, had been warned last August about not following the Commission’s Part 97 ID rules. The FCC said his “deliberate disregard” of that warning warranted the proposed penalty.

“Mr Tolassi…has a history of failing to comply with the rules governing the Amateur Radio Service,” the FCC said...

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:48:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Thu, 2015-07-23 14:48
FLUS44 KFWD 231948 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 248 PM CDT THU JUL 23 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-241215- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 248 PM CDT THU JUL 23 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL REACH THE UPPER 90S TO 107 DEGREE RANGE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES WILL BE IN THE UPPER 90S TO NEAR 107 DEGREE RANGE EACH AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SOME OF THE HOTTEST HEAT INDEX VALUES ARE EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND ALONG THE RED RIVER. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

Grant funding awarded to respond to West Coast harmful algal bloom outbreak

NOAA News Releases - Thu, 2015-07-23 13:00
NOAA announced today that it is committing $88,000 in grant and event response funding for Washington state to monitor and analyze an unusually large bloom of toxic algae off its coast.

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:19:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Thu, 2015-07-23 04:19
FLUS44 KFWD 230919 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 419 AM CDT THU JUL 23 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-241200- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 419 AM CDT THU JUL 23 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL REACH THE 100 TO 105 DEGREE RANGE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES WILL BE IN THE UPPER 90S TO NEAR 107 DEGREE RANGE EACH AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SOME OF THE HOTTEST HEAT INDEX VALUES ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 35. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$ JLDUNN

Amateur Radio Volunteers Support Michigan’s Premier Bicycle Tour

ARRL News - Wed, 2015-07-22 16:53

A team of Michigan Amateur Radio volunteers supported communication on July 11 for the 39th running of the One Helluva Ride (OHR) bicycle tour. The annual event, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS), kicks off from and ends at the Chelsea, Michigan, fairgrounds and offers rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles. The longer routes pass through the town of Hell. This marked the 2...

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Wed, 22 Jul 2015 03:48:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Wed, 2015-07-22 15:48
FLUS44 KFWD 222048 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 348 PM CDT WED JUL 22 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-231215- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 348 PM CDT WED JUL 22 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL REMAIN IN THE 100 TO 105 DEGREE RANGE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES WILL BE IN THE UPPER 90S TO NEAR 107 DEGREE RANGE EACH AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY. SOME OF THE HOTTEST HEAT INDEX VALUES ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 35. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$ CAVANAUGH
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