Friday, July 24, 2009

What is Triad SKYWARN?

Triad SKYWARN is an organization of severe weather spotters trained by the National Weather Service. Many of our Spotters are amateur radio operators who make use of portable and mobile radios to report severe weather conditions to the National Weather Service Offices in Raleigh, NC and Blacksburg, VA. The NWS Office also utilizes a specific telephone number, email and social media outlets to collect reports of criteria severe weather. These reports are used to verify existing severe weather warnings and are often used to assist the meteorologists in determining when and where additional warnings should be issued. 

Our trained severe weather spotters volunteer many hours each year to support the SKYWARN program.  We are responsible for providing severe weather information to and from counties in and around the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina in cooperation with the National Weather Service Offices in Raleigh, NC and Blacksburg, VA.

Our served counties include Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Rockingham, Stanly, Stokes, and Surry Counties in the state of North Carolina.

During severe weather events, and pending availability of a Net Control Operator (who are all volunteers with regular jobs/lives), Triad SKYWARN will be active on the 147.255 mhz K4ITL Asheboro repeater (or the subsequent back-up repeaters when a repeater is down - in descending order as listed on the home page) so that any reports of severe weather may be relayed to and from the National Weather Service.

Leadership Team

The leadership team is comprised of amateurs from around the Triad who coordinate the activities of Triad SKYWARN.  The team is made up of an Emergency Coordinator, an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for Operations, a Net Manager, and an AEC for each of the coutnies in the Triad SKYWARN area.

Emergency Coordinator = John Hamilton - NC4JH
AEC Operations = Vacant
Net Manager = Vacant
AEC Alamance = Vacant
AEC Caswell = Vacant
AEC Davidson = Tim Hedrick - KI4QCN
AEC Forsyth = Vacant
AEC Guilford = Vacant
AEC Montgomery = Vacant
AEC Moore = Raymond Arnold - KG4CPM
AEC Randolph = Vacant
AEC Rockingham = Vacant
AEC Stanly = Vacant
AEC Stokes = Vacant
AEC Surry = Vacant