The Jasper County ARES met last night and had a good discussion about weather spotting activities. We discussed how nets are run for SkyWarn, which repeater and who is in charge of them. Jasper County does not have any official SkyWarn group, so ARES and Ham Radio operators generally provide information back to NWS when severe weather happens.
We learned that N0XJJ used to run the NWS Regional SkyWarn net out of Springfield, but has moved to the Joplin area. He’s involved with SkyWarn and the NWS and may run nets from Joplin when able. Otherwise Tom or Andy may be running a net on the 210 repeater. If there is severe weather you can also report it directly to the 350 repeater but make sure to follow the guidelines and only report what is severe. The 350 repeater is linked to Springfield and other repeaters across the state so we don’t want to tie it up in case they have bad weather elsewhere. Make sure to stay professional.
A couple applications and websites that came up during the meeting that may come in handy for storm spotting:
GRLevel3 – this is a radar app that receives live NEXRAD data and you have a choice of viewing many different products and customizing it many different ways. You can download a 21-day trial from http://www.grlevelx.com/
Radar Alive Pro – Paid app on Android also receives NEXRAD radar data: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tinyvital.wxr.pro&hl=en
RadarScope – Another paid app on Android that receives the same data as above: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.basevelocity.radarscope&hl=en
If you are monitoring the 210 repeater but would also like to hear the weather and spotter reports on the 350 repeater, you can listen to a live stream on Broadcastify – here is a link to the N0NWS feed: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/773
Spotter Network – this is a network that tracks the location of spotters using apps for various devices, or also through APRS if you have that ability. You can report severe weather as well. Sign up at spotternetwork.org. I didn’t see a group for our area, if there is enough interest, I will set one up. This data can be integrated into all of the apps mentioned above and is very useful to see where spotters are and what they are reporting. There are many other times this location data would be useful to ARES.
Finally – I want to plug our email list again – https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ares-of-jasper-county-missouri.