Watches, Warnings & Advisories for Sunflower Co.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hurricane Watch Net active for Hurricane Sandy

From the Hurricane Watch Net webpage at

The Hurricane Watch Net is closely watching the forecast track of Tropical Storm Sandy.  According to recent NHC advisory and track information, around 12:00 PM EDT (AST) - 1600 UTC on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to reach category 1 hurricane status while about 30 statue miles south-southwest of Spring Plain, Jamaica.

At this time, the Hurricane Watch Net plans to activate on our net frequency (14.325.00 MHz) beginning Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 AM EDT - 1100 UTC for the purpose of helping those in the affected area who need information on this storm as well as helping those requiring assistance.  Operations on the 40 meter and 80 meter bands will be considered depending upon propagation during the evening as we attempt to assist the Cuban stations as the storm approaches late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning.

As a special note to those who monitor when the net is active, we ask that you please honor our request for you remain quiet unless specifically called upon for assistance.

Our primary operational goals for our Wednesday activation will be as follows:
  1. To issue storm advisory information on a regular basis to those in the affected area of the forecast path of the storm, and
  2. We will be requesting measured/observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area. We remind those reporting stations to "please" do not report to us the weather information reported by your local media. We are interested ONLY in YOUR personal observations, preferably measured by calibrated instrumentation.
Throughout this event, we remind everyone that we are also available to provide backup communications facilities to official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers and Red Cross officials in the affected area.  We will also be interested to collect and report significant damage assessment data back to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.

Please honor our request that you should not check in to the net unless specifically requested to do so.  We will attempt to handle all communications within the capabilities of our own members, and only when required assistance is needed will we ask for your help.

As a final reminder, please monitor this web site for storm related advisory updates, graphics displays, and other data made available from the National Hurricane Center.

Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation during this storm activation.

Kind Regards,
Net Management

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