HAM WEATHER WATCHERS
Severe Weather Watcher Handbook..learn about thunderstorms, tornadoes , funnel clouds, what to look for and how to report them. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION
Is YOUR FAMILY prepared ? For a major emergency - like a blackout or a sever storm
occur anytime of the year here in Northumberland County - YOU need to be prepared. Ready for at least
72 hours while emergency workers help those in urgent need.What YOU need to know ! START HERE
Canwarn Net Protocol
Canwarn nets operate under three (probably self evident) states of alert.
Condition green: Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect. This is the basic state when the net is in operation and taking various weather reports from spotters. The frequency is available for regular traffic but conversations should be kept brief so the Net Controller or spotters can break in if new information becomes available. This is the time to ask "silly" questions.
Condition yellow: Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Watch in effect. This is an alerted state of the net with the NCS only requesting and receiving specific reports from certain spotters such as Hail larger than marble sized; damaging winds; wall clouds; funnel clouds or any other unusual weather events. The frequency is under Net Control.
Condition red: Tornado Warning in effect. This is the highest state of alert, usually prompted by confirmed sightings of active wall clouds or funnels. No general radio traffic is allowed on the frequency under condition Red. Only reports of wall clouds, funnel clouds, or tornados are accepted by net control.
The local Canwarn Frequency is 145.150 MHz , the weather net can be heard on this frequency at around 8:20 AM daily.New weather watcher volunteers are currently needed.
Weather played quite a factor in a deadly crash on highway 401 on Thursday Feb.1,2007 with severe snow squalls blowing across the highway resulting in eighteen car/truck pile up and two deaths. Ham radio operator Jamie Barnes ( VE3RSJ ) manage to take a few pictures of the accident scene.