Introducing: The Alachua County EMWIN Project
We now have the ability to automatically send local area weather alert
bulletins to e-mail and pagers! Our companion project, the
Alachua County EMWIN Project,
has been providing free weather bulletins to the local and surrounding area public
(Since 2002.) We download the latest watches, warnings, and other
weather-related bulletins from the NOAA GOES satellites and redistribute them
to email, pager, cellphone, and to web pages. If necessary we can even send
them to your FAX machine. The bulletins very often arrive at the same time or
BEFORE the NOAA weather radio receives them. As well, our system has much more
capability than most of the free internet bulletins services available out
there, online. For example, we can set you up to receive bulletins from
multiple counties, and send bulletins which cover multiple counties at
once. The bulletins can be customized to fit your needs, if necessary; and the
text can even be abbreviated so that the bulletins fit better if your cellphone
or pager has a limited message space allotment, such as 140 characters. Most
other bulletin dissemination services aren't able to match these capabilities.
The bulletins are available to anyone for FREE as a public service.
Click the pager image to learn more about
our free weather alert e-mail and paging program! There is no cost to sign
up! We send no ads! This is not a commercial operation. We can send Zone
Forecast Products, Short Term Forecasts, and other longer bulletins to your
e-mail, and thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings, and spotter
activation notices to your pager! Tell us what you want and sign up now!
Brought to you as a free public service courtesy of Alachua County SKYWARN and the
Alachua County EMWIN Project!
Introducing: The AC-SKYWARN Email Alert List
TO ALL NEW SPOTTER MEMBERS! If you would like to join our
E-mail Alert List and receive
Alachua County SKYWARN-related news, as well as local area weather-related
watches/warnings, and news about further upcoming Spotter Training classes,
[ CLICK HERE TO JOIN! ]
What is Alachua Co. SKYWARN?
Alachua County SKYWARN is an organized system of trained local
spotter volunteers operating under the NWS Severe Storm Reporting
Networks program. "The fundamental objective of Severe Storm Reporting
Networks is to provide timely and accurate reports of severe weather
in support of the National Weather Service (NWS) Severe Local Storm
Warning Program." (NWS Operations Manual, Part-B, Ch. 21, Para. 1)
Alachua County SKYWARN spotters report severe weather-related events occuring
within the county specifically to the Jacksonville Office (NWSO-JAX) of
the National Weather Service, as
well as to local Emergency Management,
helping both to provide better weather watch and warning services to the public.
(Counties in North Florida which are under the purview of the NWS-JAX
County Warning Area (CWA)
include: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist,
Hamilton, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union.)
Alachua County SKYWARN plays host to both Basic and Advanced
NWS Spotter Training sessions, which we've
always tried to offer on a repeating six-month basis (or as is convenient for
the NWS-JAX instructors). These classes are usually taught by NWS personnel.
When sessions become scheduled they will appear in the
SKYWARN Class Schedule.
As it exists at this time, Alachua County SKYWARN consists of mostly
civilians, and a good number of hams. Though it gives you more capability,
you don't have to have a radio at all in order to participate.
The spotter's only real purpose is to look up, to verify whether
a severe-level event is occuring, and to report what he or she sees,
and no more. ANYONE may
participate in SKYWARN®. All you really need is to
attend at least a Basic-level training class, and a telephone, or a cell
phone, or some way of communicating what you see to either local Emergency
Management and/or NWS-JAX. Alachua County SKYWARN has helped many
hundreds of people get training in at least BASIC weather spotting over
the years since we formed in 1997.
Alachua County SKYWARN's spotters includes civilians from all walks of
life: doctors, dentists, farmers, lawyers, people in the military, police and
fire/rescue workers, computer programmers, data entry operators, salesmen,
teachers, students, local reporters from the
WUFT-TV NEWS 5,
the Chief Meteorologist at WCJB/TV-20, and
even an ex-hurricane hunter who used to fly aboard early Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft!
SKYWARN-related Graphics you can download
Alachua Co. SKYWARN Brochure (PDF doc)
Waldo Wall Cloud Video
Why Do We Need A Local SKYWARN?
Spotter Study and Informational Resources
Upcoming SKYWARN-related Meetings
Local Weather Info & Data
NWS-JAX Severe Weather Report Form
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, CREDITS, and KUDOS