June 2019 Club Meeting - SKYWARN

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Friday, June 21, 2019

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK




Presented by

Henry Gonzalez, K7AEL

Emily Carpenter, KD0TSE




SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained severe weather spotters.  SKYWARN volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather and flood reports.

While the SKYWARN program is open to everyone, Amateur Radio operators play a key role in this important program and comprise a very large percentage of the spotters in the program.  During times of severe weather a SKYWARN net may be activated, providing a real-time way to pass information between spotters and the NWS warning desk without tying up their phone lines.  The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.  OVARC made our repeater system available for Tucson-area severe weather nets during dangerous events last year with some very good results. 

Henry K7AEL the amateur coordinator for SKYWARN in Sector 1 (serving Southern Pinal, Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz Counties) will be joined by Emily Carpenter the SKYWARN Training Meteorologist from the National Weather Service Tucson Forecast Center will be talking about the role that spotters in Sector 1 played in the operations during last monsoon season and Emily will discuss what to expect for this coming season. 

If you’re a weather buff, this will be a meeting you won’t want to miss!