What is Skywarn?

The Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn Net is sponsored by the National Weather Service Office in Springfield, Missouri and the Amateur Radio Clubs of Missouri and Southeast Kansas. It is affiliated with the ARRL, ARES and RACES organizations. Member stations of these groups provide emergency tactical communications for the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service, and any federal, state, or local emergency management agency. The primary repeater for the Skywarn system is the 145.490 MHz Repeater with a PL tone of 136.5 Hz. If this repeater is unavailable, the secondary repeater will be the 147.120 MHz repeater with a PL tone of 107.2 Hz. The secondary backup is 145.430 with a PL tone of 136.5Hz.

When is the Skywarn Net Active?

The Southwest Missouri Skywarn Net is activated at the request of the National Weather Service office in Springfield, MO any time there is an imminent threat of severe weather in the Springfield office forecast area.

Reports needed during these active Skywarn nets are:

  1. Hail the size of a Quarter or larger
  2. Winds in excess of 58 MPH or breaking tree limbs 3 inches or larger
  3. Property damage
  4. Continuous cloud-to-ground lightning
  5. Sighting of a wall cloud, funnel cloud, or a tornado
  6. Also, other reports of “current conditions” may be requested by the meteorologists whether they are of a severe nature or not.

 

During a period of severe weather activity

During threatening weather conditions, identified watches, or warnings, or other emergency conditions in the area, all stations are encouraged to monitor NOAA Weather Radio, Local Radio or TV Broadcasts,to keep abreast of the situation until it no longer exists. It’s also preferable during these times that normal conversations cease so that stations reporting severe weather conditions may acquire the repeater. Also, stations are advised to make needed preparations for protection of your family, home, and station equipment and to prepare for possible activation of a Skywarn or other emergency services net with little or no advance notice.

 

If you are not near a radio use the SW Missouri Skywarn Active Net web stream to listen in.


How to Get Involved in Greene County Skywarn and What We Do

Greene County Skywarn consists of a group of volunteers with their amateur radio license. We have training from the National Weather Service so that we can go into the field or spot the storms from home. When we observe severe weather, we report back our “ground truth” observations to the weather service through amateur radio.

In Greene County we prefer that you have already been through the Spotter Training from the National Weather Service. We can accomodate training for you until they offer classes again but prefer that you have been through a recent course offered free by the agency we serve.

Greene County is one of 37 counties served by the National Weather Service in Springfield Missouri. We have a regional net (radio) that occurs on the 145.490 repeater whenever severe weather is forecasted to impact the area. Individual counties run their own nets on separate repeaters and their net controls pass information to the regional repeater. That information goes directly to the weather service.

In Greene County, our spotters operate on the 146.640 repeater with a pl tone of 162.2. We have several net controls that take turns running the nets. Most of the time you will hear Lewis kd0knl. Other net controls are myself, Patti kd0ael, Steve ka0spm, and Caleb kd0bwt. We are hoping to have a couple of new folks trained for this duty soon. Net controls have the responsibility of turning spotter reports into the regional net and providing radar information to spotters in the field. They are also responsible for spotter safety.

If you are interested in spotting, we can make arrangements to have you join an experienced spotter in the field.

We discourage self-deployment especially without training. We want you to be safe while out in the field. Our spotters have credentials and we only give those out when we are certain those spotters are well trained in spotting and spotting safety. Typically, our spotters receive text messages telling them of potential severe weather before it occurs and then another text requesting availability for deployment.

If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to email me at kd0ael@gmail.com! All questions are welcome!

Note: We are not chasers. We limit our coverage area and focus on providing information for Greene County, MO. Our primary goal is protection of life and property of our neighbors.

I encourage you to get involved with our Facebook Page. There are links to training materials and you can interact with page administrators who can answer your questions!

Greene County MO Skywarn


 

WHAT IF I AM NOT FROM GREENE COUNTY?

I encourage you to check out the following links:

Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn

SWMO Skywarn on Facebook

Or email me and I will be glad to put you in touch with the persons you need to speak to in your county.

Patti Flowers-Palmer, kd0ael

Greene County Skywarn Coordinator

kd0ael@gmail.com