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.

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.

Continuity of Operations Test Between NWS Offices

CO-OP Test

Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Memphis, TN, coordinated a Continuity of Operations (CO-OP) Test on HF radios for November 3, 2016. NWS Offices participating included Fort Worth, TX (WX5FWD), Little Rock, AR (WX5LZK) and Memphis, TN (WX4MEM). HF SSB radio contact was successful on 40M and 80M bands. Jory McIntosh (KJ5RM), Rick Sagers (W7YC), Mike Heskett (WB5QLD) and David McAnally participated from the Fort Worth NWS WFO.

ARRL Field Day 2016 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 W5W's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY

 Total Contacts = 652

 Operating Period: 2016/06/25 18:25 - 2016/06/26 17:59

 Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

 Band       CW   Phone     Dig   Total       %
 ----       --   -----     ---   -----     ---
   80        0       1       0       1       0
   40        0     233       4     237      36
   20        0     360       2     362      56
   15        0      35       1      36       6
   10        0       1       0       1       0
    6        0      15       0      15       2
            --   -----     ---   -----     ---
 Total       0     645       7     652     100
 

A HUGE Thank You for 2015!!

Tom Bradshaw - NOAA FederalSat, Dec 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

To all of our WX5FWD Skywarn colleagues

We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to host many of you at today's Skywarn Recognition Day!!

On behalf of everyone at WFO Fort Worth, I just want to thank you for the enormous contribution that you made to our warning mission in 2015. We had many days of severe weather and flooding this year, and your communications between us and the field helped us save lives and property, time and time again.

Many of you made huge personal sacrifices of time (and money) in order to answer the call from us. I believe Mike told us today that the group had racked up over 500 hours of operation this year. In particular, it seems like you guys practically lived with us during the months of April and May. We are so fortunate to have such an incredibly dedicated group of volunteer communication professionals to work with here at WFO Fort Worth.

Thank you again, from each of us. We wish all of you the best during this holiday season, and hope that health and prosperity remains with you throughout the new year.

With very, very best wishes,

Tom and the WFO Fort Worth team

--
Tom Bradshaw
Meteorologist-in-Charge
WFO Dallas Fort Worth
National Weather Service

www.weather.gov/fwd/
@NWSFortWorth

"Helping Texans make sound weather
and water decisions that save lives."

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