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Arctic Front Slides Southward; Heavy Rainfall Potential Across the South and for Hawaii

An arctic front will slowly drift southward this weekend. This will focus snow, locally heavy, from the Intermountain West, Rockies, Plains, and Great Lakes and eventually into the Northeast. Dangerously cold wind chills behind this arctic front are forecast for most of the Plains this weekend. Moisture will increase across the Gulf Coast and the State of Hawaii where flooding concerns increase. Read More >

Join Skywarn Spotters across the country and beyond as we participate in Skywarn Recognition Day 2022 (SRD2022).  National Weather Service offices are sponsoring this special event from 6:00 p.m. CST Friday, December 2 to 6:00 p.m. CST Saturday, December 3 (or 00Z to 24Z December 3).  The NWS at Chanhassen will be involved in SRD2022.

Everyone can participate!  You can register, check in, and participate using this link for SRD2022.  If you are also an amateur radio operator, we will be on 70cm, 2m, 10m, 15m, 20m, and 40m via Echolink, FM, SSB, and PSK. The hours we'll operate the radios at Chanhassen are from 01Z-06Z (7:00 p.m.-Midnight CST Friday, December 2) and again from 12Z-23Z (6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST Saturday, December 3).

Here are three ways to be involved:

(1) Social media: there is a SRD2022 Facebook group.  You can also tweet using #Skywarn2022.  

(2) Be on the radio!  You can take reports and operate a HAM radio under the guidance of a licensed HAM, or if you are licensed, you can operate one of several radios.  Reports for this event will come in from across the country, and occasionally other countries.  If you are interested in this, please send an email to todd.krause@noaa.gov so that we can make arrangements.  The hours we'll operate the radios at Chanhassen are from 7:00 p.m.-Midnight CST Friday, December 2 and again from 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST Saturday, December 3. Masks are optional.

(3) Attend a Metro Skywarn Board meeting as an observer.  Their meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 3, and you are welcome to attend. NWS staff will provide a tour after their meeting. For more information about Metro Skywarn, please visit http://www.metroskywarn.org.  If you are a Skywarn spotter beyond the metro, you are also welcome to come for a tour anytime after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Just contact todd.krause@noaa.gov to make arrangements. Masks are optional.

Thanks to all spotters. You do make a difference!