CENTRAL ALABAMA SKYWARN
Sponsored by the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club - We are amateur radio operators and certified storm spotters who report our observations to the National Weather Service for improved predictions and possible warning of the population.
We do not 'chase storms' but observe from safe distances. The objective is to contribute to the public safety and to provide critical information to the National Weather Service.
Skywarn is a directed net. Wait for net control to ask for check-ins. Call net control with the following Keywords in order of priority:
|MAYDAY||Any emergency situation needing police, fire, or medical services|
|WARNING||To warn of dangerous weather - t-storm, rotation, wall cloud, funnel cloud, or tornado (first person actual observations only!)|
|SEVERE||To report severe weather, add "measured" or "estimated"|
|DAMAGE||To report weather damage: structures, trees down, road flooded|
|TRAFFIC||To pass agency traffic where the station is assigned to assist an agency or group (e.g. operators of a shelter)|
|CONTACT||To request making contact with another station on frequency|
|OBSERVATION||To report significant but non-severe weather observation|
|INFO||To provide information needed by net control or other stations|
|SECURING||To report securing station|
|RE-CHECK||To return (after net control told you to re-check when you return)|
|CORRECTION||To correct faulty information passed on the net - |
**this has the same priority as original call being corrected
|RADAR||To provide radar updates on cell movements or intensity |
|THIRD PARTY||To provide info from third parties, public agency radio traffic or public media (e.g. road closures, major accidents)|
|DISCUSSION||To make announcements or contribute to any discussion on the net - and for any other purpose not covered above|
|CHECK-IN||Not used - stand by to check in until net control calls for check-ins, unless you have Priority Traffice, then use the appropriate Keyword. |
Severe Weather Reporting
The NWS seeks reports of severe weather. Severe weather is nickel size hail, wind breaking limbs off trees, road flooding, persistent wall cloud, funnel clouds, or tornados. Additional help in classifying weather and what to report is on our weather events page.
Links to Resources
spotternetwork.org has excellent resources for online training and a community of members dedicated to storm spotting.
The Skywarn Storm Spotter Guide is available online as a downloadable pdf.
Warnings and Severe Weather Forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Skywarn Net Manager: N4UZZ
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