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 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
WB5QLD

Al Moller, a retired National Weather Service Forecaster, passed away early this morning

Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Al Moller, a retired National Weather Service Forecaster, passed away early this morning, June 19, 2014. His wife Patti called our office today to give us this heartbreaking news.

Al started his NWS career in 1974, and he held forecaster positions in Lubbock TX and Fort Worth TX. Al retired from the NWS in 2009 as a Senior Forecaster at WFO Fort Worth.

Al will be remembered for his passions: severe weather meteorology, spotter training, storm chasing, and photography.

The announcement on services is pending.

Greg Patrick
National Weather Service
WFO Fort Worth TX

Wyatt McCray Awarded Radio at Ham-Com

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Wyatt McCray is awarded a Kenwood TH-K20 radio by Mike Heskett (WB5QLD) of the WX5FWD NWS Skywarn Radio Desk team after passing the amateur radio license exam at Ham-Com. Wyatt is one of younger new hams that passed the license exam this year.

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