Tropcial Storm Gert Intensifies into Hurricane Gert – No Threat to Land Except for High Surf and Rip Currents Over the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastline

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Tropical Storm Gert has intensified into Hurricane Gert, the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, to the east of the US East Coast. Gert is still expected to track slowly northward and then accelerate Northeast between the US East Coast and Bermuda and is currently expected to be a threat only to shipping interests except for high surf and rip currents along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US Coast. Advisories on Gert can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Given the offshore track, VoIP Hurricane Net activation for this system is not expected. Nonetheless, the VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of this system and other systems in the tropics as they develop. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 Becomes Tropical Storm Gert – No Threat to Land

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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 has become Tropical Storm Gert in the Atlantic northeast of the Bahamas. Gert is still expected to track Northwest then North and then Northeast between the US East Coast and Bermuda and is currently expected to be a threat only to shipping interests. Advisories on Gert can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Given the offshore track, VoIP Hurricane Net activation for this system is not expected. Nonetheless, the VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of this system and other systems in the tropics as they develop. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 Forms in the Atlantic – No Threat to Land

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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 has formed in the Atlantic northeast of the Bahamas. TD 8 is expected to gradually intensify into a tropical storm and if it does as expected, it will be named Gert. TD 8 is expected to track Northwest then North and then Northeast between the US East Coast and Bermuda and is currently expected to be a threat only to shipping interests. Advisories on TD 8 can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Given the offshore track, VoIP Hurricane Net activation for this system is not expected. Nonetheless, the VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of this system and other systems in the tropics as they develop. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Hurricane/Tropical Storm Franklin Wrap-Up Report – Thursday 8/10/17

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Hurricane Franklin made landfall as a category-1 hurricane near Lechuguillas Mexico at approximately 200 AM EDT/100 AM CDT/0600 UTC. The VoIP Hurricane Net was informally active from roughly 800 AM EDT Wednesday through 200 AM EDT Thursday Morning.

Reports from Davis Weather stations before being knocked offline of note included a 75 MPH/121 KPH wind gust at 107 AM EDT/1207 AM CDT with 2.80″ of rain in La Vigueta Mexico and a minimum central pressure of 990 MB and 3.40″ of rain near Martinez De La Torre Mexico. XE2WCG-Carlos also relayed weather data from the Port of Veracruz Naval Air Station during the evening hours. Franklin is now weakening rapidly over the mountains of Mexico. A complete list of reports gathered from various sources during Hurricane Franklin can be seen at the following link:

http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

We wish to thank Carlos-XE2WCG for his help and support during this hurricane. We would also like to acknowledge that Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves-KB5HAV was also monitoring the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 network and got a chance to talk with XE2WCG-Carlos as they had worked together in the past in the early 2000s on hurricanes. I’d also like to thank W9LW-Jay Farlow who came up on the network to monitor and to K3WRY-Joe Palsa for his offer to assist on short notice for NCO duties.

We are entering the more active portion of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will be monitoring the progress of any potential systems throughout the season. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Hurricane Franklin Update – Wednesday 8/9/17 at 845 PM EDT – VoIP Hurricane Net Informally Active Through Landfall

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Franklin became a hurricane as the 5 PM EDT Wednesday 8/9/17 advisory and Hurricane Franklin is expected to make landfall as a hurricane on the Gulf Coast of Mexico around or north of Veracruz Mexico. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico south of Puerto de Veracruz to Puerto Dos Bocas and the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to Barra del Tordo. Advisories on Franklin can be seen on the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The VoIP Hurricane Net will be informally active through landfall of Franklin in Mexico into the overnight hours. Any stations in the affected area of Franklin or with relays into the affected area of Hurricane Franklin are asked to come up on the network on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 Becomes Tropical Storm Franklin in the Northwest Caribbean Sea

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Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 has become Tropical Storm Franklin. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Campeche Mexico. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect from Belize City Belize to the border of Mexico. A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for the Gulf Coast of Mexico from south of Campeche to Sabanucy. Advisories on Franklin can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and on the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

While the current NHC forecast guidance keeps Franklin at tropical storm strength at this time, it is possible as it emerges over the Bay of Campeche and tracks into the Gulf Coast of Mexico that it could obtain hurricane strength as the official forecast is only 4 MPH below hurricane strength. If Franklin intensifies into a hurricane as it approaches the mainland gulf coast of Mexico, it could prompt activation of the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will closely monitor the progress of Franklin. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Advisories Initiated On Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 in the Northwest Caribbean Sea

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has begun issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which will be approaching the Yucatan Peninsula Monday Night into Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center can now issue advisories on tropical systems before they become classified as a Tropical Cyclone meaning as a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Campeche Mexico. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Belize City Belize to the border of Mexico. Interests around the Bay of Campeche should monitor the progress of this system. This potential tropical cyclone is expected to intensify into a tropical storm. If that occurs as expected, it would be named Franklin. Advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and on the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

While the current NHC forecast guidance keeps the system at tropical storm strength at this time, it is possible as it emerges over the Bay of Campeche and tracks into the East Coast of Mexico that it could obtain hurricane strength as the official forecast is only 4 MPH below hurricane strength. If the system intensifies into a hurricane as it approaches the mainland east coast of Mexico, it could prompt activation of the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will closely monitor the progress of this system. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Tropical Storm Emily Forms in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico – Tropical Storm Warnings Issued for Portions of the Florida Coast – Monday 7/31/17 800 AM EDT Update

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Tropical Storm Emily has formed west of Tampa Bay Florida this morning. Emily has maximum sustained winds of 45 MPH and is moving towards the east at 8 MPH. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Anclote River to Bonita Beach Florida. The main threat from Emily is heavy rainfall and flooding but some strong winds and severe weather is also possible from Emily. Emily is not expected to reach hurricane strength.

Advisories on Tropical Storm Emily can be found off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and on the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Since Emily is not expected to reach hurricane strength, no VoIP Hurricane Net activation is anticipated but local/regional SKYWARN groups in the path of Emily in Central Florida may activate for impacts from Emily. The VoIP Hurricane Net will closely monitor the progress of Emily. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Tropical Storm Don Forms in the Atlantic

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Tropical Storm Don formed Monday Evening and will move through the Windward Islands tonight with maximum sustained winds of 50 MPH. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia and Bonaire. Advisories on Tropical Storm Don can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and from the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Don is not expected to reach hurricane strength and Don is expected to weaken as it moves into the Southeast Caribbean Sea on Wednesday so activation of the VoIP Hurricane Net is currently not anticipated. Nonetheless, the VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Don. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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Reminder: 2017 ARRL Hurricane Webinar – Monday July 17th, 2017 800-930 PM EDT

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A reminder that the ARRL will be hosting a Hurricane Webinar on Monday July 17th, 2017 from 800-930 PM EDT. Details on registration can be seen via the following link:
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-sponsor-2017-atlantic-hurricane-season-webinar

The webinar will go through an overview of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and key Amateur Radio group’s preparedness for the season and how Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters can become involved. These Amateur Radio Groups include, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, which is now in its 37th year of service, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, SATERN (the Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Also, an Amateur Radio Operator who is the Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre will be giving the meteorological overview of the season.

We hope many folks can join the 2017 ARRL Hurricane Webinar! Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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