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 watchor 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.