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Severe Weather in the Southeast and Heavy Rain in the Northeast

Low pressure and a trailing cold front will cross the Eastern U.S. through this evening. Severe thunderstorms will be most common in the Southeast states where an Enhanced Risk exists over the Carolinas for a threat of damaging winds. Heavy rain will bring an elevated potential for flash flooding from the upper Ohio River Valley into northern Vermont where Flash Flood Watches are in effect. Read More >

  Amateur radio is one of the key parts of our office Spotter Program. Amateur radio operators provide us with valuable reports on the weather, particularly in fast-developing and dynamic patterns. Our office is an active participant in the SKYWARN program, a cooperative effort between the National Weather service and the communities it serves.

Our office is an active participant in SKYWARN Recognition Day, which is held in early December each year. This event is a great way for local ham operators to practice their craft, and check out our operations here at the NWS in Fairbanks. The Arctic Amateur Radio Club helps supply the manpower and any necessary equipment while our office supplies refreshments.
SKYWARN and Ham Radio Links:
  • NWS SKYWARN: Official NWS page, provides general information about the SKYWARN program.
  • SKYWARN National Homepage: Non NWS site, provides information about SKYWARN programs across the nation, and other interesting resources.
  • Arctic Amateur Radio Club: Locally active, providing license exams, public service, and information about ham radio.
  • American RAdio Relay League: A national organization dedicated to amateur radio. Find out how to get licensed and get started.
  • Federal Communications Commission: The government agency which licenses amateur radio operators. Provides good information on how to earn a license.