Alert Radio Information
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
Area Message Encoding -- SAME)
Links to Other Sites
sites sites provide valuable information.
Service Home Page
Service Jacksonville, FL Home Page
JAX Short Range Base Reflectivity Radar
NOAA Satellite Services
GOES Satellite Views (many options)
Realtime Tropical Storm Specific Satellite Views
Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product
Melborne, FL Short Range Base Reflectivity Radar
Tampa, FL Short Range Base Reflectivity Radar
All NWS Radar Sites
National Weather Service
Storm Prediction Center
National Weather Service
National Hurricane Center
Weather Service Climate Prediction Center
Center for Environmental Prediction Model Analysis
Tsunami Preparedness Page
Other Weather Links (Non-governmental)
Atlantic Storm Models
[Click on Storm Name,
Scroll down, select product]
Map (many options during active crisis)
Ohio State University
for Environmental Prediction Models
for Atmospheric Research Courses
Natural Disaster Safety
The Weather Channel
TV Doppler Radar
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.
Basic Skywarn class teaches fundamental elements of storm spotting.
The Advanced class expands on this information,
going into more detail.
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
Weather Service Jacksonville meteorologist. To sign up, call Bob Pickering,
Emergency Management Technician, at (386) 313-4250 or e-mail BP@flagleremergency.com.
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.]
Can Be A Storm Spotter?
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.
Spotter classes are offered at other locations, as well. A list of upcoming
courses is available on the NWS
JAX Weather Skywarn page.
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.
Skywarn Radio Operations
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.
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.
you are a radio operator or would like to become one, click on the links
to each of these organizations for further information.
Skywarn uses two radio services for Skywarn Nets. They are the two meter amateur radio (ham) band 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
Designated Primary Skywarn repeater
PL 123.0 Secondary Skywarn repeater
PL 141.3 REACT
Team 4800 Tac 8 repeater
if needed, either
462.600 PL 156.7 REACT
Team 4800 Tac 10 repeater or
462.550 PL 141.3 REACT
Team 4800 Tac 9 repeater
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
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.
Skywarn® and the Skywarn® logo are registered
trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with
This website is a joint project of the Flagler Emergency Communications Association
Emergency Communications Association