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One of the most important assets to the NWS warning, forecast, and verification process is the SKYWARNTM Spotter Network. NWS trained weather spotters provide real-time reports of tornadoes, hail, winds, flooding and hurricane damage. SKYWARNTM spotters include Ham Radio operators, emergency responders and communication dispatchers, citizen groups and you! Please check the links below for upcoming SKYWARN spotter classes scheduled for your area. The classes are free, and all you need to do is show up (and RSVP if requested on the schedule, below).

Classes can also be scheduled for groups of 12 or more adults - all you need to do is provide a location and help advertise the class. To schedule a SKYWARNTM class for your organization in the the NWS Melbourne Warning Area or for further information about the NWS Melbourne SKYWARNTM Program, contact Warning Coordination Meteorologist Scott Spratt at: 800-683-4468 ext 223 or by email to: Scott.Spratt@noaa.gov

Two internet-based SKYWARN courses are also available and recommended. However, since these modules do not cover local aspects of east-central Florida severe weather, they will not count for NWS Melbourne spotter training. You must attend a formal class to become an official spotter for NWS Melbourne, and to obtain your spotter ID card.

SKYWARN SPOTTER CLASSES FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA

SCHEDULE (PDF)      SCHEDULE (DOC)


Click for Description of Activation Levels
 
Hazards:
Click for Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook

Clicking either the above selector graphic, or the Spotter Activation Map will bring you to the Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook.

Current Spotter Activation Map:
Activation Status - Click for more info

 

Situation Links:

Local Hazardous Weather Outlook (text version)
Florida Watches & Warnings
Local Forecast Discussion
Local area weather blog blog status
Mesoscale Discussions (Storm Prediction Center)
 
Spotter References:
Send Your Report On-Line
NWS Melbourne's area of responsibility
Hail size table
 
 
Ham Radio References:
WX4MLB (Ham station in the weather office)
Active amateur radio spotter groups in the local area
SKYWARN Recognition Day  
2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 20072006 | 2005 
 
About SKYWARN: Local SKYWARNTM Coordinator Contact
Local area training event schedule    pdf    doc
National (NWS) SKYWARNTM Page
 
On-line Spotter Training: Jetstream
COMET/MetEd SKYWARN Spotter Training
 

New One Inch Criteria for Severe Hail 

HAILSTONE SIZE SCALE
B.B., PEA, MARBLE LESS THAN .70"
DIME .70" 
PENNY  .75"
NICKEL .88"
QUARTER 1.00" (new criteria for severe hail)
HALF DOLLAR 1.25"
WALNUT 1.50"
GOLFBALL 1.75"
HEN EGG 2.00"
TENNIS BALL 2.50"
BASEBALL 2.75"
GRAPEFRUIT 4.00"
SOFTBALL 4.50"

 

LIST OF ACTIVE AMATEUR RADIO SPOTTER GROUPS (as of 8/15/11)

Below is a list of various amateur radio and react organizations who assist the National Weather Service by activating a SKYWARNTM weather net when severe weather threatens east central Florida. If there is a need to update this information, please e-mail Scott Spratt .

COUNTY
ORGANIZATION
REPEATER 
FREQUENCY
Brevard  (North)
Mims/Scottsmoor 
North Brevard SKYWARNTM Association 147.330+
107.2 tone
Brevard  (North) 
Titusville
Titusville ARC 146.910-
Brevard  (Central)
Cocoa/Rockledge
Indian River ARC 145.370-
156.7 tone
Brevard  (South) Platinum Coast ARS (PCARS) 146.850
Indian River Treasure Coast Weather Net 146.775-
107.2 tone
Volusia  Volusia Co. SKYWARNTM

147.240+
123.0 tone

Seminole  Seminole Co. SKYWARNTM 147.165+
147.195+
103.5 tone
Orange  Orange Co. ARES 146.730- 
103.5 tone
Disney Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service (DEARS) 146.700
147.300+
103.5 tone
Lake

 
Lake Co. ARES 147.000-
147.255
103.5 tone
Okeechobee 
 
Okeechobee Co. ARES 147.195+
100.0 tone
St. Lucie 

 
Treasure Coast Weather Net
SLCARES
 
146.775-
147.345+
107.2 tone
Osceola 
 
Osceola Co. ARES & EMCAT 145.350- 
103.5 tone
Martin

 
Martin Co. SKYWARNTM
Association
147.060+
145.150-
107.2 Tone


Area served by the NWS office in Melbourne

For counties not named above, contact your local NWS offices.


 

 

 


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