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THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER SEASON
December 1 through May 31
IMPORTANT: Check your Weather Alert Radio Now
Hurricane Season is from June 1 through November 30
Area and Local Weather
National Weather Service Jacksonville Home Page
Flagler County Weather Forecast
National Weather Service Radar Links
graphics below link to area NWS Radar sites.
Jacksonville Southeast Melbourne Tampa
NWS JAX Graphicasts
graphics below link to the NWS JAX graphical weather prediction page.
Flagler County Drought Index
Severe Storms National Maps
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For Information on Tropical Cyclone activity, monitor
For Flagler County and surrounding area Severe Weather Information, monitor
Weather Alert Radio Information
Click on the graphic below for information about NOAA Weather Alert Radios
click below to learn how to set your receiver to receive only messages for your
Links to Other Sites
The following sites sites provide valuable information.
Other Weather Links (Non-governmental)
Atlantic Storm Models
The Skywarn Program
Skywarn is a program developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) to enable people to report severe weather conditions to the local Weather Service office. Meteorologists from the local NWS office teach both basic and advanced classes in various communities in their coverage area.
The Basic Skywarn class teaches fundamental elements of storm spotting. The Advanced class expands on this information, going into more detail.
The next Flagler County Skywarn courses, Basic and Advanced in one session, will be held at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell, FL. They will be taught by a National Weather Service Jacksonville meteorologist. To sign up, call Bob Pickering, Emergency Management Technician, at (386) 313-4250 or e-mail BP@flagleremergency.com.
[IMPORTANT: Skywarn Classes may be canceled with short notice should severe weather or a tropical cyclone pose a threat to the forecast area. All potential class attendees should check on the day of the class to insure that the class has not been canceled.]
Who Can Be A Storm Spotter?
Flagler Skywarn storm spotters are trained by staff of the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fl. The classes are free and anyone can become a Skywarn storm spotter.
Classes in Flagler County are generally held at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center. Pre-registration is required. During our tropical weather season, NWS meterologists are frequently required to be on duty at headquarters and there are usually no classes scheduled locally.
Skywarn Spotter classes are offered at other locations, as well. A list of upcoming courses is available on the NWS JAX Weather Skywarn page.
If you have taken the Skywarn Spotter classes, you can refresh your knowledge through this Skywarn Spotter online review developed by NWS JAX Meteorologist Angie Enyedi.
Flagler Skywarn Radio Operations
You do not have to be a radio operator to be a Skywarn Storm Spotter, but two groups of local radio communicators activate radio networks during severe weather events to collect reports and pass them on to the NWS JAX Weather Service. They are the Flagler County Assist REACT Team 4800 and the Flagler Emergency Communications Association ham radio operators.
Most members of each of these organizations are trained Skywarn Spotters. Members report sightings and observations to the net control operator, who in turn passes information meeting severe criteria on to the forecasters at the NWS JAX headquarters. These observations are a significant help to forecasters since radar images cannot always record low level activity. Skywarn Net Control Operators receive further training to insure that radio nets are in compliance with Flagler Skywarn Net Policy jointly developed by the sponsoring radio communications organizations.
If you are a radio operator or would like to become one, click on the links to each of these organizations for further information.
Flagler Skywarn uses two radio services for Skywarn Nets. They are the two meter or 70cm amateur radio (ham) bands and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). OPERATING ON ANY OF THESE FREQUENCY BANDS REQUIRES A SPECIFIC FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION LICENSE. Of course anyone who has a scanner can listen in. Frequencies used are:
145.470 PL 123.0 Designated Primary Skywarn repeater
or, if needed, either
PL 123.0 Designated
Secondary Skywarn repeater or
462.675 PL 141.3 REACT Team 4800 Tac 8 repeater
if needed, either
Most Skywarn Nets are "directed nets" and all radio traffic must go through the designated Net Control Station (NCS) for the duration of the net.
Even if you are not a licensed radio operator, you can monitor these frequencies on most scanner radios.
[NOTE: A "repeater" receives a signal on one frequency and simultaneously retransmits it on another, enabling radio operators to communicate over longer distances. Radios must be "repeater capable" to use this feature. In Flagler County, most amateur radio and GMRS repeaters are maintained by the Flagler Emergency Communications Association (FECA).]
Flagler County was recertified by the National Weather Service as a Storm Ready community.
The initial certification was issued in December, 1999, the first in Florida.
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