Sunday, March 4, 2018


March 4-10, 2018 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina.  This week the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety are teaming up to bring this severe weather safety campaign to all of North Carolina’s residents.  With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season.  If each North Carolina resident would take a few moments this week to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized.

Schools and government buildings statewide will hold tornado drills Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. to practice their emergency plans. Test messages will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios and the Emergency Alert System. All North Carolinians are encouraged to participate in the drill.


This year's North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week will combine multiple awareness weeks while focusing on tornadoes, large hail, lightning, flash flooding, and damaging straight-line winds. Click on each link to learn more about staying safe during that type of weather hazard.


Daily Topics:




In addition to making a severe weather safety plan, we strongly encourage everyone to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill, which will occur on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM.  Every school, business, work place, and family across the state is strongly encouraged to participate in this drill.   It is important that all schools and businesses are aware of the following important points about the tornado drill:

  • The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System via the Required Monthly Test (RMT).  There will not be an actual Tornado Warning issued.
  • Most NOAA Weather Radio receivers (including the Midland WR-100 that many schools have) do not sound an audible alert for the RMT product; but instead, may have a blinking light on the display to indicate that an RMT was received.  As such, when the RMT for the statewide tornado drill is initiated at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, there is a good chance that your NOAA Weather Radio will not sound an alarm.
  • Since your NOAA Weather Radio may not sound an alarm at the time the RMT is issued, you will want to do one of the following:
    • Manually turn on your NOAA Weather Radio receiver around 9:25 AM Wednesday morning, and simply listen to the audio broadcast to hear when the RMT is issued, which will mark the beginning of the statewide tornado drill; or -
    • Simply self-initiate the tornado drill on your own at 9:30 AM. 
  • There will be no follow-up statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide tornado drill.   It will simply be over when your group, school, business, or organization feels that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures.
  • If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 7 2018, the statewide tornado drill will be postponed.  The alternate date for the drill is Friday, March 9 2017 at 9:30 AM EST.
  • This drill and RMT will take the place of the usual weekly NOAA Weather Radio Alert test (RWT).  That is, there will not be a weekly radio test done between 11 AM and Noon on that day.
Please share this information and encourage all of your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and especially all schools, to take the opportunity next Wednesday to participate in the drill, and to take a few moments to learn more about severe weather preparedness.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Severe Weather Threat - Friday September 1st 2017

Good morning,

As most of you are aware, a severe weather threat exists across much of central North Carolina today as a result of the remnants of "Harvey" as it pulls north and east out of the Tennessee Valley.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has increased the Risk Category from "Slight" to "Enhanced", particularly for areas in the south and west (Davidson, Randolph, Stanly, Montgomery & Moore Counties in the Triad SKYWARN Area).  A graphic representation of today's threat of severe weather and embedded tornadoes can be found here:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

The following text has been copied here from the NWS SPC link above:

...SUMMARY... Severe thunderstorms capable of isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts are expected over the Carolinas and southern Appalachians vicinity this afternoon into early evening.

...Carolinas/Southern Appalachians... The remnants of Harvey, centered across the Tennessee Valley early this morning, will continue to spread slowly northeastward today and tonight. On the eastern periphery of remnant Harvey, a moderately strong low-level wind field will overspread the southern Appalachians vicinity including eastern portions of TN/KY and as far east the Piedmont of the Carolinas.

Although cloud cover remains semi-prevalent in some areas early this morning, a more appreciable warming of the boundary layer will occur within the warm sector especially to the east of the southern Appalachians spine and along/south of sharpening west/east frontal zone across the Carolinas where around 500-1500 J/kg of MLCAPE is expected. Convection will likely increase and intensify this afternoon within the convergence bands east of the center of remnant Harvey. Piedmont areas and locations just east of the mountains across northern SC into NC should have the relatively highest potential for a few tornadoes this afternoon, especially with storms developing near and interacting with the aforementioned surface front across the Carolinas where low level shear/SRH will be maximized.

As a lot of people may be preoccupied with packing/traveling associated with the start of the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, please, as always, stay abreast of changing conditions and forecasts, as well as the issuance of any watches and/or warnings later this afternoon and evening.

Due to the wide-coverage repeaters normally utilized for Triad SKYWARN Operations still being off the air, activation will be handled via the 145.150 Mhz (100.0hz tone) GARA Repeater located in northern Greensboro.  We will also monitor 442.825 (82.5) Asheboro UHF repeater as well due to it providing coverage to the southern tier counties (as well as others who may not be able to reach the 145.150 repeater?).

Please insure that any reports that meet "Criteria" (as defined by the NWS during Spotter Training) are relayed to the NWS . . . whether this be via amateur radio, telephone, twitter, email, etc..

I encourage everyone again to take the time now, prior to any onset or threat of severe weather, to review your severe weather safety plan with co-workers, family and friends . . . know where to go for safe shelter, and what to take with you/have available if needed.

Let's pray for the best while we prepare (just in case) for the worst!


NC4JH
John Hamilton
Emergency Coordinator
Triad SKYWARN

Monday, March 7, 2016

Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina is March 5-11, 2017 - Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 8 at 9:30 AM

March 5-11, 2017 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina.  This week the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety are teaming up to bring this severe weather safety campaign to all of North Carolina’s residents.  With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season.  If each North Carolina resident would take a few moments this week to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized.


Schools and government buildings statewide will hold tornado drills Wednesday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. to practice their emergency plans. Test messages will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios and the Emergency Alert System. All North Carolinians are encouraged to participate in the drill.


This year's North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week will combine multiple awareness weeks while focusing on tornadoes, large hail, lightning, flash flooding, and damaging straight-line winds. Click on each link to learn more about staying safe during that type of weather hazard.


Daily Topics:

In addition to making a severe weather safety plan, we strongly encourage everyone to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill, which will occur on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM.  Every school, business, work place, and family across the state is strongly encouraged to participate in this drill.   It is important that all schools and businesses are aware of the following important points about the tornado drill:
  • The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System via the Required Monthly Test (RMT).  There will not be an actual Tornado Warning issued.
  • Most NOAA Weather Radio receivers (including the Midland WR-100 that many schools have) do not sound an audible alert for the RMT product; but instead, may have a blinking light on the display to indicate that an RMT was received.  As such, when the RMT for the statewide tornado drill is initiated at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, there is a good chance that your NOAA Weather Radio will not sound an alarm.
  • Since your NOAA Weather Radio may not sound an alarm at the time the RMT is issued, you will want to do one of the following:
    • Manually turn on your NOAA Weather Radio receiver around 9:25 AM Wednesday morning, and simply listen to the audio broadcast to hear when the RMT is issued, which will mark the beginning of the statewide tornado drill; or -
    • Simply self-initiate the tornado drill on your own at 9:30 AM. 
  • There will be no follow-up statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide tornado drill.   It will simply be over when your group, school, business, or organization feels that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures.
  • If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 9, 2016, the statewide tornado drill will be postponed.  The alternate date for the drill is Friday, March 110 2017 at 9:30 AM EST.
  • This drill and RMT will take the place of the usual weekly NOAA Weather Radio Alert test (RWT).  That is, there will not be a weekly radio test done between 11 AM and Noon on that day.
Please share this information and encourage all of your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and especially all schools, to take the opportunity next Wednesday to participate in the drill, and to take a few moments to learn more about severe weather preparedness.



Sunday, April 27, 2014

OVERNIGHT SEVERE WEATHER THREAT - TUESDAY & AGAIN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

There is a high likelihood that central North Carolina will see the potential for overnight severe weather late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning.


This is especially dangerous for those who are less "connected" with regards to staying abreast of the changing forecast as well as any watches, and more importantly any warnings that may be issued.


Please communicate with family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers the real threat associated with overnight severe weather events.


Studies have found that North Carolina is ranked 1st with the greatest percentage of killer nocturnal tornadoes. They noted that 81% of all tornado deaths in North Carolina during this period occurred at night while only 28% of all tornadoes in North Carolina during this period actually occurred at night.  To put it another way, for every 1,000 nocturnal tornadoes there would be 265 fatalities while for every 1,000 daytime tornadoes, there would be 60 fatalities!


NOAA Weather and All Hazards Radios are readily available at most retail locations who sell electronics (including some larger drug stores) and when properly set, have been proven to save lives by providing advanced notification thus allowing individuals, employees and families to reach pre-designated "safe locations" within their homes and/or work places.


Again, please plan now, ahead of any potentially issued watches and/or warnings.  Have a severe weather evacuation plan with designated "safe locations" in place and practice the plan just as you would with a fire drill.


Stay abreast of the latest forecasts, watches and/or issued warnings by means of NOAA Weather and All Hazards Radio, local news media, smart phone apps and or internet sources.