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: Dangerous Heat this Weekend into Early Next Week


From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Thursday, 9 July 2020 5:07 CDT

Bottom Line

Hottest temperatures of the year will occur this weekend into early next week. Heat Advisories are in effect now and will likely continue into early next week.

SKYWARN® Radio Network Conference Guidelines

Emergency traffic, tornado activity or weather that is an imminent threat to life and/or property has top priority.

NWS Spotter Radio Desk Staffing with COVID-19

The National Weather Service, and our spotter radio desk team, are weighing risks versus benefit of staffing the NWS Spotter radio desk with the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible we may not place radio desk volunteers at the NWS. If that occurs, our radio volunteers will make efforts to monitor affected areas with home radio stations, and via linked radio systems, to relay spotter reports to the NWS. In the event spotters are unable to reach NWS radio desk operators, please use other means to relay your spotter reports to the NWS as outlined in spotter training. These include the following methods:

2020 NWS Online SKYWARN Classes

2020 NWS Online SKYWARN Classes

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Monday, 16 March 2020 16:25 CDT

NWS Fort Worth will be hosting 3 ONLINE SKYWARN Classes! These classes are open to all North and Central Texas residents. Due to participant limitations, please register for only one class.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness

This message comes from Jennifer Dunn - Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service Fort Worth, TX

Help us spread preparedness tips for the upcoming severe weather season.

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