Cape May County SKYWARN Spotters CMCSPOTTERS@groups.io

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Hello, I am Bill Aber amateur radio call sign N2JAI, Cape May County SKYWARN Coordinator:
Welcome to Cape May County New Jersey SKYWARN ® Severe Weather Operations Group
NJ Region

"
It is through training that the NWS teaches interested volunteers to be safe, effective and accurate
weather spotters who provide them with the needed ground truths"


MEMBERSHIP IN THIS GROUP

Membership in this group is RESTRICTED and generally is accomplished by invitation. The group is under strict spam and content
control. If you have an interest in SKYWARN here in Cape May County please send an email to CMCSPOTTERS+owner@groups.io  and identify
yourself by name, email and location (address) and include a spotter ID and amateur radio call sign if you have one. Please briefly
describe your interest in our group. Thank you - group owner CMCSPOTTERS+owner@groups.io

NWS WEATHER LINK
http://www.weather.gov/PHI

HOW TO BECOME A SPOTTER
http://www.weather.gov/phi/skywarn2

OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
http://www.facebook.com/CapeMayCountySkywarn



ABOUT SKYWARN

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Mount Holly NJ (NWSFO PHI/Mt.Holly) is the parent command of Cape May County SKYWARN ®.

Working closely with the NWS, Public Safety, Emergency Management, ARRL ARES and OEM RACES ( OEM RACES/ARES LINK ) entities is a hallmark of the SKYWARN program.
Many folks from these entities are SKYWARN Storm Spotters and participate in our local SKYWARN program here in Cape May County New Jersey.

SKYWARN, founded in the early 1970's is made up of a group of trained, dedicated amateur weather enthusiast who work in conjunction with the National Weather Service by observing
and reporting
adverse weather conditions to promote public safety and minimize property damage. With the advent of Doppler Radar, and other technologies, the art and science of weather
forecasting has made
great strides, but even with all the technology, the National Weather Service still is in need of 'ground truth' observers. It is through training that the NWS teaches
interested volunteers to be safe, effective
and accurate weather spotters who provide them with the needed ground truths.

SKYWARN is placed on stand-by when a severe weather watch is posted by the National Weather Service. Once that watch is upgraded to a warning, SKYWARN becomes activated and spotters
are asked to make severe weather observations. After making an observation that is reportable, there are several ways to relay the information to the National Weather Forecast Office which
include: telephone, amateur radio, and an online storm report form. Some of the reports are used to send out statements, warnings and short-term forecasts to the public via the media.
The reports also go into "Storm Data", which is a publication that documents severe weather across the country and can be used to create a severe weather climatology database of a specific
county, city or region of the country.



EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the

following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph


" Ground Truth " Severe Weather Observations are based on the following criteria:

Spotters are encouraged to report the following phenomena, if it is safe to do so !

 

Tornadoes

Flooding

Winter Weather

  • Tornado
  • Funnel Cloud
  • Wall Cloud
  • Persistent Rotation

 

 

  • Flooding that results in evacuations
  • Water rescues: cars, roofs, or trees
  • Water Rapidly rising, or entering homes, not just basements
  • Roads Impassable or closed due to high water
  • Small Streams or rivers overflowing their banks
  • Moderate coastal flooding, not just nuisance inundation
  • 1” Snow in 24 hours
  • 1” Snow in past hour
  • Freezing Rain/Drizzle
  • Any Ice Accumulation

 

Thunderstorms

 

Miscellaneous

  • Tree uprooted or downed
  • > 1 large limb downed
  • Power lines downed
  • Hail (any size)
  • Rain > 1” in past hour
  • Winds > 40 MPH
  • Damage to Structures
  • Tsunami

 

Any injuries or deaths that are weather related


PER NWS,

"SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES."

SKYWARN ® and the SKYWARN ® logo are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.

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Amateur Radio Weather Nets:

Cape May County Amateur Radio Severe Weather Nets are conducted by the
Cape May County SKYWARN ® Net Control Station using call sign WX2CMC
on the following frequencies:


Primary frequency: 147.420 MHz Simplex PL ENCODE 203.5 **** MONITOR****
Secondary frequency: 147.535 MHz Simplex PL ENCODE is 203.5

Repeater resources available to WX2CMC SKYWARN ® are:

Cape May County Amateur Radio Club N2CMC
146.610 MHz, Neg PL 88.5 -.600 offset (CMCH NJ 08210)
SKYWARN Thanks N2CMC and the club for use of the repeater.

PLEASE JOIN Cape May County Weekly SKYWARN Net at 7:30 PM EACH MONDAY EVENING.
Frequency 147.420 Mhz Simplex PL 203.5 on Transmit.
( Nets are announced on Simplex and N2CMC Repeater )

During the Monday Night nets the following information is collected from the Spotters by the primary and sub net NCS's. 
Below is the order it should be given in- left to right.

Time  Call Sign  Spotter ID  Name  Location  Temperature  Wind Speed  Wind/Gust Direction  Type of Precipitation  Precip @0700  Current Precip  Sky Cover  Barometric Pressure Comments




NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS
NOAA radio
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
Atlantic City, NJ: 162.40 MHz
Lewes, DE: 162.55 MHz
Cape May County SAMES CODE is: 034009
Link to NJ SAMES CODES: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/coverage/ccov.php?State=NJ

PLEASE INVEST IN OWNING AND USING A NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS


PLEASE ACCESS THE FOLLOWING LINKS BELOW FOR CURRENT LOCAL INFORMATION

* Current Hazardous Weather OUTLOOK LINK - Click on me
Current Briefing Package PDF Format

Zone 23 Detailed Forecast for Cape May County
Zone 24 Detailed forecast for Atlantic Coastal Cape May

AFD Area Forecast Discussion
CURRENT LOCAL HURRICANE STATEMENT NWS Mt. Holly - CLICK on me

Storm Prediction Center
Weather Prediction Center

Fire Weather Page

 UPDATED HURRICANE LINKS 4-16-2018

National Hurricane Center:

http://www.hurricanes.gov

Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnhcgraphics.shtml#GTWO

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php

Definition of NHC Track Forecast Cone:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutcone.shtml

National Hurricane Preparedness Week:

http://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

National Hurricane Center Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/NWSNHC

National Hurricane Center Twitter page:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/twitter.shtml

 

Besides our email group Cape May County SKYWARN is on FACEBOOK and TWITTER ( NOT REAL TIME ! )

 

FACE BOOK LINK

 TWITTER LINK


POINT OF CONTACT FOR CAPE MAY Co. SKYWARN ®
NJ Region

SKYWARN ® Coordinator Cape May Co. NJ Region
Bill Aber N2JAI Coordinator/Chief NCS
baber1@comcast.net
PO Box 258 Green Creek NJ 08219
147.420 Simplex and
N2CMC Repeater 146.610 -.600 PL88.5

 


LINK TO THIS PAGE

https://groups.io/g/CMCSPOTTERS
Please BOOKMARK the above link.

WX2CMC
SKYWARN Amateur Radio Net Staff:

Bill Aber N2JAI Coordinator/Chief NCS
Bob Myers KB2DHK Trustee WX2CMC
Pete Fawcett KX2CMC Primary NCS for WX2CMC
Harry Ciabitino KB2NMH Net West
John Deuter K2SEV Net North

Thank you for your visit.

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