On behalf of the Midland National Weather Service Office, Pat Vesper the Midland National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, and Joel Arnwine the Eddy County Emergency Manager, I would like to thank each Skywarn Storm Spotter here in
for your help and
dedication to our local Skywarn
Program. Your spotter reports are invaluable to the
National Weather Service, and are very much needed and appreciated. Thank you
for your time and contributions to the program. I am looking forward to working
with you again this year. Good luck out there and please stay
It has been awhile since we have experienced a severe thunderstorm here in
can be directly attributed to the ongoing historical drought that continues to
grip the local area. Last year was uneventful severe weather-wise in Eddy County . My personal feeling is that this
year will be different. I believe that we will see outbreaks of severe
thunderstorms along and east of the dryline this spring, as it wobbles in and
out of southeastern Eddy County . In fact this has already happened near the state
If it has been awhile since you have attended one of our local Skywarn Storm Spotter Training Classes, please consider attending one of the two classes scheduled (see the flyer above) in April. It never hurts to have a refresher course and see if there is something new you can learn. I encourage you to bring your family and friends along with you as well.
Remember you can submit your spotter reports online via this link. Your information will go directly to the Midland National Weather Service Forecasters, and will be available to them almost immediately.
Local Skywarn Net Operations.
For the past five years we have conducted a local Skywarn Amateur Radio Net here in
. This has been centered around our
Amateur Radio Skywarn Spotters utilizing our local Amateur Radio Repeaters.
Effective this year we will no longer conduct this local Skywarn Net here in
Eddy County . I appreciate your
help with our local Skywarn Net Control Operations over the past five years,
thank you. Eddy
Instead, all of our Eddy County Skywarn Amateur Radio Operators will be directed to contact our Regional Skywarn Net Controllers located at the Midland National Weather Service Office during Spotter Activation's. Spotter Activation's in
will be centered around a Severe Thunderstorm
Watch, or a Tornado
Watch that includes
. The idea is to
County into line with the
rest of the Midland National Weather Service Counties, who are already utilizing
this process during Skywarn Spotter Activation's. Eddy
All Eddy County Amateur Radio Storm Spotters are directed to please contact the Midland National Weather Service Skywarn Net Controllers during Skywarn Spotter Activations. For now please do this by using the West Texas Connection, via the Maljamar repeater ( 442.075), or the
repeater (147.120). Dark Canyon
I will email you on those days that Spotter Activations appear likely, notifying you to contact the Midland National Weather Service Amateur Radio Net Controllers. Their call sign is W5MAF.
Remember, Net Control Operations will only be in effect during a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, or a Tornado Watch. Please submit a spotter report anytime you encounter severe weather here in
regardless whether or not you are
able to contact the Net Controllers. Severe weather sometimes happens when
Spotter Activation has not been called for. If you are unable to get into the
West Texas Connection, then please give the Midland National Weather Service
Forecasters a phone call, or submit a spotter report online.
Five New Amateur Radio Repeaters.
Current plans according to Joel Arnwine, the Eddy County Emergency Manager, and I are to utilize these five new Repeaters as our principle Skywarn Amateur Radio Repeaters during Skywarn Activations here in
in the near future. Joel is working
on tying these new Repeaters into the West Texas Connection. Once this process
has been completed, I will inform you of the change. Eddy County
This new system of Repeaters is a great asset to
. I am looking forward to utilizing
this new system during our local Skywarn Activation's. Please feel free to talk
on these new Repeaters. Its important that we test them now, before severe
weather arrives, to find out if we have any problems out there that need to be
corrected. If you have any questions concerning these new Repeaters please
contact Mr. Arnwine at 575-885-3581, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Eddy County
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