NWS: “Damage at NEAR-Fest the Result of a Tornado”

Larry Caruso writes on the Pentucket RA mailing list: “As reported on WMUR Channel 9 this morning: the National Weather Service confirmed the wind event that damaged our tent at NEAR-fest was an EF1 tornado. It traveled at 50 mph for 36 miles. “That helps explain the loud sound we heard as it approach and why other nearby sites weren’t damaged.” See also: https://www.facebook.com/easternmaarrl/posts/588283388194369  

Read More

SKYWARN Training at Waltham ARA Meeting, May 30, 2018

The May 30 [Waltham Amateur Radio Association] meeting will be a severe weather spotter training session.  The training is presented by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, in association with the National Weather Service SKYWARN program.  Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.   The training includes a two-hour thirty-minute computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for “severe” thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement and reporting of coastal …

Read More

SKYWARN Training at Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC, May 15, 2018

SKYWARN training will be offered at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC on May 15 from 7-9 PM. According to SMHARC’s Ray Cord, K2TGX, “This is both training for new SKYWARN spotters as well as re-certification training for existing spotters. The training is in lieu of the regular ARES and general club meetings. It will be conducted by the Amateur Radio SKYWARN Coordinator in the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Rice-Webb Auditorium, 211 Park Street, Attleboro. 

Read More

2018 NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Training Class Schedule

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on the SKYWARN_Announce list: The following is the 2018 NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Training Class Schedule for the spring season. Additional SKYWARN Training classes are in planning. This includes a class in Waltham which will be posted by the end of next week. a class in Windham County CT and a class in the Swanesa, Mass area. There will also be a slate of SKYWARN classes in the Fall of this year. Links to the classes schedules are listed below: NWS Boston/Norton Web Site SKYWARN Class Schedule: http://www.weather.gov/box/skywarn#fragment-2 WX1BOX SKYWARN Training Class Schedule: http://wx1box.org/2018/04/20/special-announcement-2018-nws-boston-norton-skywarn-training-class-schedule/ The complete listing …

Read More

Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message #3 – Sunday Evening April 15th 2018-Monday April 16th 2018

Hello to all… ..Winter to be felt through early Monday Morning followed by heavy rain and strong winds with isolated thunderstorms for Patriots Day/Marathon Monday. This is a combined Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message and these will continue to be combined through potentially Monday Morning.. ..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 8 AM Monday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 0.20″ radial ice accumulations and result in slippery road conditions. If 0.20″ or more of icing occurs, isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages may develop.. ..A …

Read More

Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message #2 – Sunday April 15th 2018-Monday April 16th 2018

Hello to all… ..Coordination Message updated for Winter Weather headlines. No changes to current thinking for Marathon Monday. Updates on Marathon Monday Forecast will be posted in the evening coordination message update.. ..Winter to be felt through early Monday Morning followed by heavy rain and strong winds for Patriots Day/Marathon Monday. This is a combined Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message and these will continue to be combined through Sunday Evening/Monday Morning.. ..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 8 AM Monday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 0.20″ radial ice accumulations and result in slippery …

Read More

ARES & SKYWARN Prepare for the 2018 Boston Marathon

SKYWARN link: http://www.wx1box.org/node/4071 EMA ARRL link: https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/14/marathon-2018-1/ Hello to all… ..Winter to be felt late tonight through early Monday Morning followed by heavy rain and strong winds for Patriots Day/Marathon Monday. This is a combined Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message and these will continue to be combined through Sunday Evening/Monday Morning.. ..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect through 8 AM Monday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 0.20″ radial ice accumulations and result in slippery road conditions. If 0.20″ or more of icing occurs, isolated pockets …

Read More

WX1BOX Communications Test, April 14, 2018

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes: WX1BOX, the Amateur Radio Station at NWS Boston/Norton, will conduct an Amateur Radio VHF/UHF Communications Test this SaturdayAfternoon/Evening 4/14/18 to test out the VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Gear at the NWS office.. Over the last 2 weeks, NWS Boston/Norton Electronics Technician staff installed and connected up the 2 VHF/UHF antennas for the WX1BOX Amateur Radio Station. On Thursday 4/14/18, a very brief test was run and proved that one of the antennas is in proper working order for at least VHF if not UHF. For Saturday Afternoon into early this evening, two Amateur Radio Operators will be at the …

Read More

Monthly EMA ARES Net 4/2 8:30pm

Hello to all… We will be continuing our monthly ARES Net in April. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday the 2nd, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1:http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.html We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net.As part of our relationship with MARS and our own situational awareness gathering we will be asking for any known …

Read More

Update on NOAA Weather Radio Outage Since the Office Move

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on SKYWARN_Announce: NWS Boston/Norton issued a Public Information Statement regarding the NOAA Weather Radio outage and that a couple transmitters are back on air. Details can be seen at the following link: http://www.wx1box.org/local/PNS_noaa_wx_radio_move_3_28_18.txt We will provide updates on the NOAA Weather Radio status as time allows. We’ll provide an update on the Amateur Radio station setup at the new NWS office building by this weekend.

Read More

NWS Forecast Office, WX1BOX Move to Norton Complete

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on SKYWARN_Announce: The National Weather Service Forecast Office has now moved to its new facility in Norton Massachusetts and has been renamed to the National Weather Service Forecast office Boston/Norton. A Public Information Statement and a few photos of the facility can be seen at the following link: https://www.weather.gov/box/moveday The Amateur Radio Station at the new weather office will be brought online likely over the next couple of weeks as there are still a few important communications issues that are still in the process of being resolved for NWS operations and they will take priority. Once …

Read More

KD1CY, KB1KQW to Participate in National Hurricane Conference, March 27, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts ARRL field organization staffers Rob Macedo, KD1CY and Jim Palmer, KB1KQW will participate in the National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM. KD1CY is Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator; KB1KQW is a District Emergency Coordinator. Macedo will present opening remarks at the Amateur Radio workshop session and later, present on “VoIP (Voice over IP) Hurricane Net and Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems.” The workshop will be live-streamed. The livestream link, workshop schedule and presenters can be found at http://www.nsradio.org/KB1KQW/stream2018/stream2018.htm.

Read More

NWS Office, WX1BOX Moving

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes: The NWS Office move from Taunton to Norton is scheduled to take place on Tuesday March 20, 2018. When the office move is completed, amateur radio station WX1BOX will have new radios and antennas. Details on the office move can be found at: http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_nwstaunton_move.txt  (Please note that the NWS office 800 Spotter line is unchanged.)

Read More

ARES ending Stand-By and Active Service 1500 March 15th, 2018

See this message on the web at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/03/15/ares-stand-by-ends-20180315/ *** EFFECTIVE AT 1500 THURSDAY MARCH 15TH ARES WILL END STAND-BY AND ACTIVE OPERATIONS *** The ARES leadership would like to thank all the amateur operators who volunteered their time and equipment during this last major blizzard. Operations on Cape Cod covered 7 operators across the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) and 3 active shelter locations. Operations included overnight operations as nearly 200,000 customers were without power, AT&T cell service was down, as well as numerous tree and wire damage. ARES would also like to thank the amateurs who volunteered for the ARESMAT …

Read More

SKYWARN Training Session in Braintree, April 24, 2018

The National Weather Service office in Taunton is offering a SKYWARN training session on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Braintree Police Department, 282 Union Street in Braintree. Registration is required. For additional training sessions, see http://wx1box.org/2018/04/20/special-announcement-2018-nws-boston-norton-skywarn-training-class-schedule/.

Read More

ARESMAT Requested for Cape Cod Shelter Support for March 13th

See this message on the web at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/03/13/aresmat-cc-20180313/ *** ARES SUPPORT REQUESTED FOR SHELTERS ON CAPE COD *** At the current time three shelters are being opened on Cape Cod and an ARES Mutual Aid Team (ARESMAT) has been requested for Cape Cod support. There are wide spread outages with AT&T cellular service, power outages covering approximately 125,000 customers, etc. Communications support is requested for the Sandwich, MA and Barnstable, MA shelters and it is possible a fourth shelter will open Wednesday that may also need ARESMAT support. If you are available to help with the shelter in Sandwich, MA or …

Read More

EMA ARES on Stand-By for Coastal Blizzard Starting 2300 Monday March 12th

See this message on the web at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/03/12/ares-standby-20180312/ *** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 2300 MONDAY, MARCH 12TH UNTIL CANCELED DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECAST COASTAL STORM AND BLIZZARD *** *** BLIZZARD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2300 MONDAY EVENING THROUGH 2000 TUESDAY EVENING FOR EASTERN ESSEX, PLYMOUTH, BARNSTABLE, AND DUKES COUNTIES FOR 10-18 INCHES OF SNOW WITH ISOLATED 20+ INCH AMOUNTS WITH 30-40 MPH WINDS WITH GUSTS TO 65+ MPH ***   *** SNOW IN THE BLIZZARD WARNING AREA IS LIKELY TO BE HEAVY AND WET WITH THE STRONG WINDS COULD RESULT IN ISOLATED …

Read More

EMA ARES Ends Stand-By Status

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES ENDS ITS STAND-BY STATUS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY *** The Eastern MA ARES staff would like to thank all the amateur radio volunteers who supplied their availability and for those who helped out during the back-to-back severe weather events that impacted the section. Everyone’s SKYWARN reports greatly helped expand the situational awareness for the National Weather Service, MEMA, the cities and towns, and media for coverage of these significant events. At the peak of the first storm there were 450,000+ customers without power and various shelters and warming centers opened across the section. As of this note there …

Read More

ARES Stand-By Update for Wednesday Winter Storm

See this message on the web at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/03/05/ares-standby-update/ *** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES CONTINUES TO BE ON STAND-BY FOR THE SECTION DUE TO LINGERING DAMAGE FROM LAST WEEKENDS STORM AND THE POTENTIAL FOR WEDNESDAY’S STORM TO INTERFERE WITH REPAIR CREWS AND HIGHER IMPACT TO WEAKENED INFRASTRUCTURE *** *** WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING FOR NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK COUNTIES AND REGIONS NORTH FOR 6″+ OF SNOW *** *** STRONG WINDS WITH GUSTS UP TO 50+ MPH ARE POSSIBLE WHICH COULD HAVE HIGHTENED IMPACT ON WEAKENED TREES AND INFRASTRUCTURE *** *** SKYWARN OPS AT NWS-TAUNTON ARE LIKELY, …

Read More