September is National Preparedness Month

Don’t Wait. Communicate.

Events like the recent flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Hermine approaching Florida, and Hurricane Lester in the Gulf remind us that weather can change at a moment’s notice.

Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency.  It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.

This September and throughout the year here are few actions you can take to get started:

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Fall Weather Safety Tips

As the days get shorter and temperatures fall, a new round of weather hazards are on the rise. This transitional season often features weather hazards seen during both warm and cold months, including hurricanes, wildfires, intense winds, flooding, droughts, early season snow and more.

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe this fall! Get ready for fall weather with preparedness tips from the National Weather Service. www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/fall_safety.html

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CCS NOW A NOAA WEATHER-READY NATION AMBASSADOR

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Central Carolina SKYWARN is now a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador! WRN Ambassadors are formally recognized by NOAA as organizations committed to collaborating with NOAA, sharing preparedness messaging in outreach to the public, and serving as examples themselves by implementing resilience best practices. For more information as Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, please visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/ 

We will be posting WRN  safety messages from time to time to help folks prepare for extreme weather!

Weekly CCS Information Net

Please join us on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Information Net every Tuesday night on the 146.88 repeater at 9:15 pm. Hear the weekly weather impact briefing delivered by a staff member of the Raleigh National Weather Service. The pdf of the briefing can be downloaded from www.centralcarolinaskywarn.net. Folks may also listen via www.broadcastify.net; visit that website and click in sequence on LIve > North Carolina > Wake County. Central Carolina SKYWARN.

Upcoming Basic & Advanced Spotter Training

Get your calendars out! The Advanced SKYWARN class is offered only once-per-year in the NWS Raleigh/Central Carolina SKYWARN coverage area and has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 7:30pm-9pm at North Carolina State University, Jordan Hall room 1216. The street address is 2800 Faucette Dr, Raleigh, NC 27695.

A Basic SKYWARN Spotter class will be offered earlier on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, at the same location.

These SKYWARN Spotter Classes are sponsored by the NCSU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is not required. Simply show up.

Hope to see you there!

SPOTTER TRAINING VIA THE NET MARCH 29 & APRIL 5

SKYWARN Spotter Training will be offered on the CCS Information Net on March 29  & April 5at 9:15 PM on the 146.88 repeater.

This training may used to earn initial spotter certification or renew certification which is required every three years.

Part 1 of Basic Training will be March 29 ; Part 2, April 5. The instructor will be Nick Petro WX3H, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Raleigh National Weather Service.

To fully benefit from this training and to receive certification, you must:

A. download the training presentation before each net from www.centralcarolinaskywarn.net  (It will be included with the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing.  Click on the Weekly Weather Impact Briefing on the top menu to download.)
B. listen and check in at the end of both nets, and
C. email CCS Emergency Coordinator Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com with your name, call sign (if licensed), and preferred email address.  The NWS will then contact you about completing the spotter certification process.

Scanner listeners and listeners receiving live streaming audio on the internet at www.broadcastify.com may also participate by downloading the presentations and emailing Virginia Enzor at nc4va@nc.rr.com immediately after both nets. Again, be sure to include  your name, call sign (if licensed),  and preferred email address.

Again, you must listen both night to complete the training.

Severe Weather Activation Anticipated Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Central Carolina SKYWARN anticipates activation on the 146.88 repeater Wednesday, February 24, at the issuance of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning.
 
SKYWARN will be looking for the following types of spotter reports:
 
  • Hail – any size initially; then penny size, ¾” diameter or larger thereafter
  • Measured wind speeds of 50 mph or greater
  • Flooding and flash flooding where none normally occurs
  • Rotating wall clouds, funnel clouds, or tornadoes
  • Damage caused by high winds such as downed limbs and trees and their approximate diameter and building and roof damage.
Spotter reports are always needed when severe weather is occurring.
 
Spotters may make reports via:
 
  • the Central Carolina SKWYARN net on the 146.88 repeater
  • the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page
  • the Raleigh National Weather Facebook page
  • the confidential Raleigh NWS telephone number given to spotters during training
  • Twitter
  • email – rah.reports@noaa.gov
Thanks in advance for your reports and be safe!

WINTER WEATHER ACTIVATION – MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016

Central Carolina SKYWARN  (CCS) will activate for this event per the direction of the Raleigh National Weather Service.  We will activate on the 146.88 repeater beginning at 6:00 AM on Monday and conduct formal nets at the top of each hour until the National Weather Service directs us to stand down.  We will monitor in between nets for any changeovers in precipitation.

Spotter reports should include the following information:

  • Name and callsign
  • Location and nearest cross street
  • Precipitation type (rain, freezing rain, sleet, or snow)
  • Intensity of precipitation (light, moderate or heavy)
  • Changeovers in precipitation and time
  • Accumulation of snow and ice accretion
  • Impacts such as road conditions (particularly any roads that are impassable or closed), sustained power outages (not just blinking), and downed limbs/trees from ice.

Folks may make reports via the SKYWARN net, or post here on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page.

The SKYWARN Net may also be monitored via live-streamed audio at www.broadcastify.com .

We appreciate your reports. Stay safe!

Winter Weather Activation Friday, February 12, 2016

Central Carolina SKYWARN  (CCS) will activate for this event per the direction of the Raleigh National Weather service.  We will activate on the 146.88 when precipitation moves into the Central Carolina SKYWARN coverage area on Friday and conduct formal nets at the top of each hour  until approximately 6pm. We will monitor in between nets for any changeovers in precipitation.

Spotter reports should include the following information:

  • Name and call sign
  • Location and nearest cross street
  • Precipitation type (rain, freezing rain, sleet, or snow)
  • Intensity of precipitation (light, moderate or heavy)
  • Changeovers in precipitation and time
  • Accumulation of snow and ice accretion
  • Impacts such as road conditions (particularly any roads that are impassable or closed), sustained power outages (not just blinking), and downed limbs/trees from ice.

Our backup repeater will be the 147.105 repeater with a tone of 82.5 Hz located in Broadway, NC.

Folks may make reports via the SKYWARN net, or post here on the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page.

The SKYWARN Net may also be monitored via live-streamed audio at www.broadcastify.com .

We appreciate your reports. Stay safe!