ARRLWeb: Ham Radio Readiness Provides Safety Margin in New Mexico Tornado Outbreak

It’s stories like these that make me wish I still lived in Tornado country, or could visit more often. Classic example of how cooperation between NWS, Skywarn and local authorities is supposed to happen.

Dozens of Amateur Radio volunteers in New Mexico did what they do best Friday, March, 23, when nasty weather threatening eastern New Mexico eventually spawned 13 tornados, from Tatum to Logan. A day before the storms, SKYWARN Coordinator and National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Keith Hayes, KC5KH, at the Albuquerque NWS office (WX5ABQ) warned New Mexico’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) district emergency coordinators and county emergency managers of the potential for severe weather. ARES teams and SKYWARN weather spotters consequently were already in the field and ready for action when the string of tornados struck. The early warning, aided by trained spotters’ accurate minute-by-minute reports to the NWS and local authorities, provided an additional margin of safety for residents. Full story @ ARRL

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