SKYWARN is a volunteer program of nearly 290,000 severe weather spotters across the country, coordinated by the National Weather Service. It’s been around since the 1970s, but for the past 14 years, the NWS and the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) has celebrated this community with SKYWARN Recognition Day.
This year, SKYWARN Recognition Day is Dec. 1 (or, in Hawaii, 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 through 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012). The Honolulu NWS office will host the local program, and NWS stations and volunteer operators will be making SKYWARN contacts.
Several frequencies and regular nets will be involved.
“In Hawaii, we will use the Allstar linked repeaters on 444.350 at Diamond Head, which will be linked to 444.325, 146.980 and the 146.76 repeaters on Oahu,” writes EARC Hawaii President Wayne Greenleaf (KH6MEI). “At 7:30pm on Nov. 30 the Honolulu Weather service SKYWARN HAM operator will make a call out on 146.880 on the EARC net for Information needed: call sign, location, SkyWarn spotter # (if you have one) and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (‘sunny,’ ‘partly cloudy,’ ‘windy’).”
Additional details can be found at Ron Hashiro’s Amateur Radio Web Pages.
Over 70 NWS offices are registered for the 24 hour event. Last year, 16,325 contacts were made across all 50 states.