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 Special Event 2015 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

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2015 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Fort Worth NWS CWA The 17th annual SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, December 4th, 18:00 (6PM) CST, until Saturday, December 5 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time, December 5, 2015, 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 for the Fort Worth office at wx5fwd.org. A list of NWS participating offices is on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page. The national event organizer is Matt Mehle from NWS WFO Monterrey. Matt and the Monterrey staff do an outstanding job with this event!

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 (WFO) on Saturday December 5. Lunch will be provided. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, December 4 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.

Field Day 2015 results have been published on the ARRL website

Field Day 2015 results have been published on the ARRL website.

The WX5fWD SKYWARN Team finished 3rd in nation in our class of 1F. We had 2878 points. First was also a north Texas section station - W5FR with 6990 points. Second was K9UW with 4090 points.

We finished 595th in the nation for all classes.

Mike Heskett
WB5QLD

ARRL Field Day 2015 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 W5D's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY

 Total Contacts = 954

 Operating Period: 2015/06/27 18:10 - 2015/06/28 17:58

 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band       Phone       %
 ----       -----     ---
   40          42       4
   20         383      40
   15         194      20
   10          16       2
    6         319      33
            -----     ---
 Total        954     100
 

CQ Field Day de W5D / WX5FWD - June 27-28, 2015

The Fort Worth NWS SKYWARN Radio Desk team will be active on several bands and modes during Field Day, Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, from the Fort Worth National Weather Service Forecast Office. Our special event call sign is W5D. We hope to talk to you, and add your call sign and information to our log. We'll publish the bands and frequencies we are working periodically during the event, on this wx5fwd.org web site and via our WX5FWD Twitter account.

Although not part of Field Day, we may be monitoring local SKYWARN systems during Field Day, in case there is a need for weather related information. According to the Friday hazardous weather outlook from the Fort Worth WFO, "Thunderstorm chances will shift south into central texas this weekend. A few stronger storms containing gusty winds and small hail will be possible." Of course, if spotters are activated, we will switch to monitoring affected areas for spotter reports. See How Spotters May Contact the NWS Radio Desk

How Near-Miss Events Amplify or Attenuate Risky Decision Making

Abstract

Catherine H. Tinsley, Robin L. Dillon
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057
{tinsleyc@georgetown.edu, rld9@georgetown.edu}
Matthew A. Cronin
School of Management, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, mcronin@gmu.edu

How Near-Miss Events Amplify or Attenuate Risky Decision Making (pdf)

In the aftermath of many natural and man-made disasters, people often wonder why those affected were underprepared, especially when the disaster was the result of known or regularly occurring hazards (e.g., hurricanes). We study one contributing factor: prior near-miss experiences. Near misses are events that have some nontrivial expectation of ending in disaster but, by chance, do not. We demonstrate that when near misses are interpreted as disasters that did not occur, people illegitimately underestimate the danger of subsequent hazardous situations and make riskier decisions (e.g., choosing not to engage in mitigation activities for the potential hazard). On the other hand, if near misses can be recognized and interpreted as disasters that almost happened, this will counter the basic “near-miss” effect and encourage more mitigation. We illustrate the robust- ness of this pattern across populations with varying levels of real expertise with hazards and different hazard contexts (household evacuation for a hurricane, Caribbean cruises during hurricane season, and deep-water oil drilling). We conclude with ideas to help people manage and communicate about risk.

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