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.

Cloud Chart

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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.

CWA Local SKYWARN Frequencies

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.

A few operational thoughts for SKYWARN spotters regarding the WX5FWD Radio Desk

Radio propagation physics and limited resources prevent the NWS radio desk from DIRECT access on many repeaters in the North Texas county warning area (CWA). With the CWA covering 46 counties, the radio desk has direct coverage for the nearest 8 to 12 county spotter repeaters from the Fort Worth office. Despite direct radio coverage limitations, the NWS is capable of receiving spotter reports from all 46 counties.

2017 SKYWARN Recognition Day QSL Log

QSL

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 260 contacts in total, including 44 NWS offices.

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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