Watauga Amateur Radio ClubPO Box 2208Boone, NC 28607
1. Contact the National Weather Service at: a. 1-800-221-2856 (For Severe Weather Reports) 1-540-552-0084 (non-severe weather information) b. Amateur Radio (Watauga wA4J 147.36) c. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (used for delayed reports or non-time critical events like snowfall totals) f. Internet:http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport_new/SubmitReport.p hp?site=rnk2. Identify Yourself as a SKYWARN spotter: a. “I am a SKYWARN spotter”3. Provide Your location: a. An exact address: “1750 Forecast Drive, Blacksburg, VA” b. If mobile, the nearest intersection: “Forecast Drive and Tech Center Drive”4. What to Report: a. Tornadoes b. Funnel Clouds c. ROTATING wall clouds d. Flash flooding i. Creeks or streams out of their banks ii. Water flowing over a road/roads closed due to flood waters iii. One inch of rain or more in less than one hour e. Damage, injuries, or loss of life and/or propertycaused by flooding, wind, hail, and tornadoes. f. Trees, power lines or tree limbs 4” in diameteror larger downed by winds g. 50 MPH wind gusts or higher (measured or estimated) h. Hail (any size) i. Snow 1” in depth”, 4” in depth and the total snowfall when the snow has ended. Provide the length of time the snow fell j. Ice that begins to accumulate on roads, and when it accumulates to ¼”5. Time: a. Time of the event b. Duration of the event
SKYWARNWARC has completed an MOU (Memorandumof Understanding) with the BlacksburgNational Weather Service office authorizingthe establishment of a Watauga County Skywarn net. Beginning Sunday, September 4, WARC willsponsor a SKYWARN Training Net. Thisnet will meet at 8:00 pm on the first Sunday ofeach month on the WA4J Repeater.A Skywarn net will be activated on the WA4J repeater (147.36 +600 103.5 tone) when a storm watch or warning is issued for Watauga County NC bythe NWS in Blacksburg, VA.When the net is activated, the normal courtesy tone will be replaced with the Skywarn courtesy tone.Watauga County is at the far edge of Blacksburg’sradar coverage, and mountains create areas notreachable by radar. Because of this, groundspotters are critical in identifying storm conditionsnot viable on radar.SPOTTER GUIDELINES from the NWSSpotters checking into the netshould review and understand these procedurebefore checking into the net.
Standby Mode – “Stand-by Mode means the repeater is free for normal use, however, a SKYWARN Net Control Station will be standing by for any severe weather reports. Please pause briefly between transmissions allowing the courtesy tone to reset & any necessary weather related traffic to be passed.”Note: This mode is used when severe weather is expected but has not arrivedor when severe weather has cleared an area. This mode is normally used during watches.Active Mode – “Active Mode means the repeater is now under a Directed Net. All trafficshould be directed through the Net Control Station. Severe weather is occurring withinor approaching Watauga County.”Note: This mode is used when severe weather isoccurring or imminent within the county. This mode is normally usedduring warnings. If no information is received, the NCS can elect to downgrade to Standby Mode.Emergency Mode – “The repeater is under the control of the Net Control Station. All traffic is restricted to emergency or priority traffic only. Extreme severe weather and/or damage is occurring within the county.”Note: This mode is reserved for extreme weather events or significant damage reports. This mode should only be in effect for short time intervals. Revert to Active Mode as soon as possible.Severe Weather Reporting Criteria:1. Rotating wall clouds, funnel clouds & tornadoes.2. Hail - initially any size for a given area, then ¾” “Penny Size” or larger. 3. Winds that cause damage to large limbs of live growth, utility services and/or structures. (Please do not estimate wind speeds)4. Flash flooding in areas that are not normally prone to flooding during heavy rain. (Please do not estimate rainfall rates.)5. Significant storm damage - any weather-related damage not covered above.------------------------------------------------------Iff you have not yet receivedSkywarn training, please use this link to take the Skwarn on-line training course.https://www.weather.gov/rnk/skywarn Members who already have been trained are encouraged totake the on-lie offering for refresher.