Wednesday nights, (1930) 7:30p.m
on the WB9IRL Repeater
145.210- PL107.2/444.600+ PL114.8
Main Repeater is the 2m and crossbanded to 70cm IRLP coming soon.
The NWS offers Skywarn Classes to Educate the public,and is free of charge to attend. Amateur Radio Operators use 2m/440cm radios to communicate severe weather reporting criteria to spotter repeaters that report to Liaison repeaters that the NWS ham radio team listens and talks to. non-ham operators, call into either the NWS for severe weather criteria or in an Emergency or Tornadic event. I Would call you local 911 center For a Tornado first. We encourage everyone to get there amateur radio license.
Weather Radio Frequencies
To see how the Nation Weather Service and Skywarn net control operators work NWS Severe Weather Repeaters
If you would like to be added to the Page out System, which notifies you via sms and/or email. Please fill out contact form and ask to be added. Information needed is, name,call sign if licensed,phone number of cell, carrier of cell,email address and location. When we activate nets for severe weather or if you want to be a Net control operator, we will start page outs for Net control availability first. Then everyone else will be Paged out when severe weather Nets open and severe weather is approaching. We Page out when ever there is activation via nws radio or nws ham team is activated! 24/7 Skywarn Nets can open at anytime when severe weather is forecasted for area! Sign me up
Smart Phone Links for weather Apps
Radar Scope PYKL3 TWC Spotter Network Allison House
E.M.A and A.R.E.S
Educational Material For Spotters PDFS and Links
* Damage Surveys – Jim Allsopp, National Weather Service, Chicago, IL
*Settings For Various Tornadic Storm Types – Roger Edwards Spotter Realities – Paul Sirvatka, Professor, College of DuPage
*Spread The Word Save Lives With Social Media – Tammie Souza, Fox News Chicago
*Spotter Realities – Paul Sirvatka, Professor, College of DuPage
*special thank you to,mwk-skywarn,nws,Dupage.co for articles published on storm spotting/chasing.
2014 Severe Weather Seminar Links
- Advanced Spotter Training – Paul Sirvatka
- Spotter Basics and Storm Structure – Mike Bardou
- Nov. 17th Tornado Outbreak – Part 1 – Matt Friedlein
- Nov. 17th Tornado Outbreak – Part 2 – Matt Friedlein
- Lessons Learned from El Reno – Skip Talbot
- For more information, including detailed and narrated video presentations, photos, and written accounts,
- visit Skip Talbot’s Storm Chasing Chronicles.
- “Nuts & Bolts” – How fast can wind destroy a home? Simple construction tips to keep yours standing – Tammie Souza
- Segments of the videos from Tammie’s presentation can be found on the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center’s website.
- 2014 Weather Seminar Handout
|Tornado||A severe thunderstorm has developed and has either produced a tornado based on reports or radar has indicated intense low level rotation in the presence of atmospheric conditions conducive to tornado development|
|Severe Thunderstorm||A severe thunderstorm has developed, capable of producing hail greater than one inch in diameter and/or 50 knot (58 mph) wind speeds|
|Flood||Long duration areal or river flooding is occurring or is imminent, which may result from excessive rainfall, rapid snow melt, ice jams on rivers or other similar causes|
|Flash Flood||Excessive rainfall producing thunderstorms have developed, leading to short duration flash flooding. A warning may also be issued if a dam break has occurred|
|Blizzard||Wind speeds of 35 mph or greater, considerable falling or blowing snow, and visibilities frequently below a quarter mile are expected to prevail for three hours or more|
|Winter Storm||Snow amounts of 6 inches or more in 12 hours, or 8 inches or more in 24 hours, or heavy sleet accumulations of one half inch or greater are expected. These may or may not be accompanied by wind or other phenomena. A warning may also be issued if conditions will be approaching blizzard criteria and/or have significant impacts, even if snowfall amounts are not expected to reach the criteria above|
|Ice Storm||Ice accumulations of a quarter inch or more are expected|
|Lake Effect Snow||Heavy lake effect snow is expected to produce amounts of 6 inches or more in 12 hours, or 8 inches or more in 24 hours|
|Wind Chill||Widespread wind chill values around -30° or colder. For NWS criteria across the area, clickhere.|
|Excessive Heat||Chicago/Cook County: Three consecutive days with a peak heat index expected to reach 100-105° or two consecutive days with a forecast peak heat index 105-110° or one day with an expected peak heat index forecast at 110° or higher
Elsewhere: Maximum heat index is expected to reach 110° or greater and a minimum heat index of 75° or greater for at least 48 hours
|Freeze||Widespread temperatures below freezing when during the growing season are expected|
|High Wind||Synoptic scale gradient winds (those not associated with thunderstorms) or mesoscale winds associated with wake lows are expected to reach speeds of 40 mph or greater, sustained for at least one hour, or 58 mph or greater gusts|
|Red Flag||This is intended primarily for land area managers and is issued when sustained 20 foot winds of 20 mph or higher, afternoon humidity values less than 25%, and ten hour fuel moisture of 8% or less are expected.|
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