Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Secure Message for Blizzard of 2009

Hello to all…

Eastern Massachusetts ARES will secure its stand-by operation as of 20:00 EST.  The Blizzard of 2009 has departed the region leaving in its wake a widespread 1-2 foot snowfall across portions of Rhode Island, the South Coast, Cape and Islands. 

While wind gusts of over 60mph were reported in some instances, the amount of damage from this storm was minimal with the primary impact resulting from heavy snow accumulation.  With the storm moving away from the region, the threat for additional damage has passed thus allowing Eastern MA ARES to secure its operation.  A summary of wind and snowfall reports can be found below within this notice. 

We offer a special thanks to each and every Amateur Radio Operator that offered their assistance to this storm in some way, from EOC/Shelter operations to relaying critical weather information to the NWS.  Without all of us working together as a team this tremendous effort would not have taken place.  It should be noted that we received a tremendous amount of gratitude from local Boston Meteorologist Matt Noyes from NECN who was receiving our reports in real-time and promoting Amateur Radio SKYWARN during his live coverage of the storm. 

Please forward to us any storm photos you may have from this past event.  These photos are used frequently in video slide shows that promote ARES and SKYWARN across the region.  To view previous videos, please visit http://video.nsradio.org/.

Here are the snowfall, wind and damage reports that many Amateur Radio Operators across 4 states provided to the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts:

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement on Snowfall and Wind Reports:

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:

Thanks again to all for their continued help and support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: (508) 346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com


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