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2019 Skywarn Recognition Day

Good evening Skywarn Enthusiasts,

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY is December 6th & 7th, 2019

SKYWARN Recognition Day, every first Saturday in December is a day to acknowledge their contributions to their communities.

We will begin set up on Friday December 6th around 10:00AM so we can be ready and on the air by nightfall. At this time the official announcement has not been made by the League or the NWS. More details will arrive soon, and we will pass this on to our area here. Please note, this will not be an overnight operation as we have done in the past out of respect for the evening employees there. We will operate with an evening shift and morning shift in the building and there is a strong possibility we will have the ARES Trailer there also. More on that later.

HISTORY
SKYWARN Recognition Day was created in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to recognize the importance that amateur radio provides during severe weather. Many NWS offices acquire real-time weather information from amateur radio operators in the field. These operators, for example, may report the position of a tornado, the height of flood waters, or damaging wind speeds during hurricanes. All this information is critical to the mission of the NWS which is to preserve life and property. The special day celebrates this contribution by amateur radio operators.

The purpose of the observation is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

HOW TO OBSERVE
You can participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day by visiting a National Weather Service office. To be included, you must add your name and call, time availability, and equipment you could bring to our list we are preparing now.

Please reply to: totalham underscore 5 at msn dot com, if you wish to be included adding the above information listed. And leave a good phone number so I or Mary may call if we have questions.

To learn more about becoming a SKYWARN spotter go to: www.skywarn.org or read articles at: www.arrl.org


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