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Monday, February 27, 2012

Special Event

The Tuscaloosa Amateur Radio Club (TARC) will be operating a Special Event Station in remembrance of the 44 people that died when an EF-4 tornado struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. This Special Event Station will be active on April 28, 2012 from 11:00AM – 5:00PM local time. They will be operating from the top of the western parking deck (nearest the medical tower) at DCH Regional Medical Center. The operating frequencies will be +/- 14.270 and 7.270MHz. The club will also be operating a RTTY station in the data portion of both the 20 and 40m bands.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Winter Weather Advisory

Urgent - Winter Weather Message
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
545 AM CST Mon Nov 28 2011

... Light Snow Accumulations Possible Tonight...

.A Strong Upper Level Disturbance Will Move Across North Alabama
Tonight... Allowing Rain To Mix With And Gradually Change Over To
Snow From West To East Tonight... Across North Central Alabama. The
Greatest Accumulations Will Be In Northwest Central Alabama.
Precipitation Will End Tuesday Morning.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Updated Status

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 5 PM. The main threat for severe weather will be this afternoon, and it will generally be south of the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham area. Putting Walker County outside the watch area now. Oh well!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Special Notes...

Will be monitoring scanner here for reports of sightings and damages. May be away from the internet for periods of time and acting as a Storm Spotter in our mobile unit. Call sign; N4EMP
  • Scan mode means we'll be listening to all area ham radio frequencies in the 2 meter band including area repeaters. As well as public safety ones.

  • Cell phone SMS texting to Twitter account 'Walker_Skywarn' may be used also.
  • Tornado Info

    TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY

    Here are some definitions and guidelines to follow to help keep you and your family safe:

    A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for tornado development. People located in and around the watch area should keep an eye to the sky and listen to their NOAA weather radio all hazards or tune to local broadcast media for further weather information. T...he watch is intended information. The watch is intended to review safety rules.

    A Tornado Warning is issued when a developing tornado has been detected by National Weather Service doppler radar or a reliable report of a tornado has been reported. A tornado warning is usually issued for portions of one or two counties, for an hour or less. The storm could also produce large hail and destructive straight line winds. If the tornado warning includes your neighborhood or work place, you should seek safe shelter immediately.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Tornado Surveys

    A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM ASSESSED THE DAMAGE
    ACROSS SOUTHERN SUMTER AND WESTERN MARENGO COUNTIES AND FOUND TWO
    SEPARATE TORNADO DAMAGE PATHS.
    …TORNADO 1…
    …SUMTER COUNTY TORNADO…
    EVENT DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2011
    EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 120
    INJURIES/FATALITIES: 1 INJURY
    EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3633/-88.0894 AT 707 AM
    EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3763/-88.0689 AT 709 AM
    DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.50
    DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 600 YARDS
    AN EF-2 TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN IN WHITFIELD AND MOVED
    NORTHEAST…AND LIFTED NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 42. ALONG ITS SHORT
    PATH…APPROXIMATELY 150 SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED…50 HARDWOOD
    TREES WERE UPROOTED…AND FIVE OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED. SIX HOMES
    AND ONE DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WERE DAMAGED. ONE HOME WAS DESTROYED
    ALONG COUNTY ROAD 42 WHERE ONE INJURY OCCURRED.
    …TORNADO 2…
    …MARENGO COUNTY TORNADO…
    EVENT DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2011
    EVENT TYPE: EF-0 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 85
    INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
    EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4813/-87.8567 AT 732 AM
    EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.5032/-87.8174 AT 736 AM
    DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.57
    DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 250 YARDS

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Forecast for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

    Outlook for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011...
    Rain showers and chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.