VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Nate – Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 – 400 PM EDT/2000 UTC Update

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**VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 5 PM EDT Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 through possibly Sunday Afternoon for Hurricane Nate and his impacts to to the Northern US Gulf Coast region.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Nate as of Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 at 400 PM EDT/2000 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 500 PM EDT Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 through Sunday Afternoon 10/8/17 for Nate and his impacts on the Northern Gulf Coast region. Nate is currently a tropical storm and is expected to intensify into a hurricane and there is a possibility of it becoming a stronger hurricane than currently highlighted pending how quickly it can develop an inner core to allow for more rapid intensification.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Nate or with relays into the affected area of Nate are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:
http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

Any pictures or videos of wind damage, river/stream/urban/storm surge flooding etc. can be sent to the following email address: pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the Amateur Radio Operator, weather spotter or individual that took the photos and media and be shared with the Amateur Radio team at the National Hurricane Center and other agencies and outlets.

Advisories on Nate can be seen off of the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Reports as obtained via the VoIP Hurricane Net from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area, relays from the affected area or from APRS/CWOP Weather Station feeds and other social media outlets can be found at the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252
*NEW-ENG3* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on Echolink:
*KA1AAA* Echolink conference node: 269929
*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *33009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:
http://voipwx.org (Can also be obtained via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZVq4KbPwXU)

Finally, a reminder that due to the VoIP Hurricane Net activation for the various hurricanes, the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening has been cancelled. Barring another hurricane net activation near or during the weekend, the weekly net will resume Saturday October 14th, 2017.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Nate. 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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VoIP Hurricane Prep Net Cancelled for Saturday 10/7/17 Due to Pending Nate Activation

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The VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for Saturday 10/7/17 is cancelled due to the likelihood of VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Tropical Storm Nate which is expected to intensify and become a hurricane later tonight or Saturday and then make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast of the United States. Details on activation plans for Nate will be posted later this afternoon. 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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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria & Hurricane Jose Update – 9/19/17 – 715 PM EDT/2315 UTC

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**VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 8 PM EDT Tuesday Evening 9/19/17 through late Wednesday Night for Hurricane Maria and impact to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and surrounding areas over this time period. Hurricane Jose impacts as a tropical storm to be handled by the regional SKYWARN team in Southern New England.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria as of 9/19/17 at 715 PM EDT/2315 UTC and commentary on Hurricane Jose and impacts on the Northeast US Coast:

The VoIP Hurricane Net was active Monday from late morning until late evening and gathered numerous reports of severe and catastrophic damage from the island of Dominica. A recording of a summary of reports received and a complete list of reports received from all mediums available to the net can be seen at the following links:

VoIP Hurricane Net Recording of Reports:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSdd4jo-MQk&feature=youtu.be

VoIP Hurricane Net Report Viewer:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

The VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 800 PM EDT Tuesday Evening 9/19/17 through late Wednesday Night for Hurricane Maria and impact to Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Hurricane Maria is a catastrophic category-V hurricane and expected to cause significant damage to this region as it approaches and crosses this area.

Regarding Hurricane Jose, he is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to portions of Cape Cod and the Islands. This will be handled by the local/regional SKYWARN group in Southern New England and will forward reports of tropical storm conditions to WX4NHC if needed.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Maria or with relays into the affected area of Maria are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. Again regarding Jose, any reports received from local/regional SKYWARN groups on the VoIP Hurricane Net will be sent via the VoIP Hurricane Net webform and when necessary to the local NWS office. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:
http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

Any pictures or videos of wind damage, river/stream/urban/storm surge flooding etc. can be sent to the following email address: pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the Amateur Radio Operator, weather spotter or individual that took the photos and media and be shared with the Amateur Radio team at the National Hurricane Center and other agencies and outlets.

Advisories on Maria and Jose can be seen off of the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Reports as obtained via the VoIP Hurricane Net from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area, relays from the affected area or from APRS/CWOP Weather Station feeds and other social media outlets can be found at the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on Echolink:
*KA1AAA* Echolink conference node: 269929
*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *033270177 or *033009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:
http://voipwx.org (Can also be obtained via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIwX7gBC_r0)

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Jose. 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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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria & Hurricane Jose Update – 9/17/17 – 1100 PM EDT/0300 UTC

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**VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 11 AM EDT/1500 UTC Monday Morning 9/18/17 until further notice for Hurricane Maria and impact to the Leeward Islands over the course of the afternoon and evening Monday.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will be active starting at 500 PM EDT/2100 UTC Monday Evening 9/18/17 for Hurricane Maria impacts to the Leeward Islands.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria as of 9/17/17 at 1100 PM EDT/0300 UTC and commentary on Hurricane Jose and impacts on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US Coast:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 11 AM EDT/1500 UTC Monday Morning 9/18/17 until further notice for Hurricane Maria and impact to the Leeward Islands over the course of the afternoon and evening Monday. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will be active starting at 500 PM EDT/2100 UTC Monday Evening 9/18/17 for Hurricane Maria impacts to the Leeward Islands. Hurricane Maria will impact the Leeward Islands during the afternoon and evening on Monday. Maria will then make a track toward the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later Tuesday and Wednesday with possible tropical storm impacts to some of the northern Leeward Islands during the day on Tuesday.

Regarding Hurricane Jose, he is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to portions of the Northeast US as well as potentially the mid-atlantic states as we get into Tuesday into Wednesday. Jose is expected to slowly weaken to a tropical storm over the next couple days but have a large tropical storm force wind field affecting these areas. At this time, the VoIP Hurricane Net will focus on Hurricane Maria and her impacts on the Caribbean islands since direct hurricane impacts are expected and local/regional SKYWARN groups will handle Jose’s impacts in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states but any SKYWARN criteria reports received from Jose by the VoIP Hurricane Net will be given to the NHC via the VoIP Hurricane Net webform.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Maria or with relays into the affected area of Maria are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. Again regarding Jose, any reports received from local/regional SKYWARN groups on the VoIP Hurricane Net will be sent via the VoIP Hurricane Net webform and when necessary to the local NWS office. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:
http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

Any pictures or videos of wind damage, river/stream/urban/storm surge flooding etc. can be sent to the following email address: pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the Amateur Radio Operator, weather spotter or individual that took the photos and media and be shared with the Amateur Radio team at the National Hurricane Center and other agencies and outlets.

Advisories on Maria and Jose can be seen off of the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Reports as obtained via the VoIP Hurricane Net from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area, relays from the affected area or from APRS/CWOP Weather Station feeds and other social media outlets can be found at the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on Echolink:
*KA1AAA* Echolink conference node: 269929
*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *033270177 or *033009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:
http://voipwx.org (Can also be obtained via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIwX7gBC_r0)

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Jose. 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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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Irma Secured and Listening Watch Completed – 9/11/17 at 615 PM EDT

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The formal VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Hurricane Irma was secured at 800 AM EDT Monday 9/11/17 and the listening watch for Irma as a tropical storm has been secured as of 615 PM EDT Monday 9/11/17 as the tropical storm impacts are handled by local and regional SKYWARN nets and their local NWS Forecast Offices and efforts in Florida transition from response phase to the recovery phase. Over the course of the Hurricane Irma activation, both Hurricanes Katia, which made landfall in Mexico and Hurricane Jose, which skirted the Northern Leeward Islands, were also monitored for any reports and impacts while reports and monitoring continued for Hurricane Irma. It marked an unprecedented time for the net where 3 different hurricanes were monitored for potential land impacts Friday Night 9/8/17 into Saturday 9/9/17.

A listing of reports received from Amateur Radio Operators on the VoIP Hurricane Net, weather stations monitored across the region and relayed reports from social media can be found on the VoIP Hurricane Net viewer at the following link:

http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK (Click on the link under Edit_link to view the report)

Several Amateur Radio Operators have sent us photos of the damage in their area. This is appreciated and encouraged. On our VoIP Hurricane Net Facebook Page, we created a photo album of damage photos. The album can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/voipwxnet/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1424444624343220

If you are in the affected area and have damage photos, they can be sent to the email address pics@nsradio.org and we will add them to the album with credit given to the individual who took the photo. Even if its a few days or a week or two after Irma’s passage, the photos can help with the historical record and will likely be used on a video our team will create on the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season which has been the busiest in several years for use at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference.

We appreciate everyone’s help and support in WX4NHC’s mission to help save lives and the support for our VoIP Hurricane Net! Thanks to all!

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

 

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Irma/Hurricane Katia/Hurricane Jose – 9/9/17 – 615 PM EDT/2215 UTC Listen-Only and Report Viewer Link Update

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**VoIP Hurricane Net will activate from than 7 PM EDT/2300 UTC Friday Evening 9/8/17-200 AM EDT/0600 UTC Saturday Morning 9/9/17 for Hurricane Irma Impacts to Cuba and the Bahamas and for Hurricane Katia impacts to Southeast Mexico. VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Irma impacts as it departs Cuba and heads for the state of Florida and any impacts from Hurricane Jose for the Northern Leeward Islands will restart at 0600 AM EDT Saturday 9/9/17 likely lasting through the Monday Evening.**

**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will likely be active during much of this timeframe.**

**Updated listen-only capability and Report Viewer Link URL. Remainder is unchanged as operations are ongoing.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Irma, Katia and Jose as of 9/8/17 at 200 AM EDT/0600 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate from than 7 PM EDT/2300 UTC Friday Evening 9/8/17-200 AM EDT/0600 UTC Saturday Morning 9/9/17 for Hurricane Irma Impacts to Cuba and the Bahamas and for Hurricane Katia impacts to Southeast Mexico. VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Irma impacts as it departs Cuba and heads for the state of Florida and any impacts from Hurricane Jose for the Northern Leeward Islands will restart at 0600 AM EDT Saturday 9/9/17 likely lasting through the Monday Evening. Hurricane Irma is a Category-V hurricane and is expected to remain a major hurricane for the next several days as it moves across the warm waters between the Bahamas and Cuba and then head into Florida and potentially Georgia and South Carolina. Also during these timeframes, Hurricane Katia is expected to make landfall Friday Night in Southeast Mexico and will be covered by the net as well as any impacts by Hurricane Jose to the Northern Leeward Islands on Saturday.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Irma, Katia or Jose or with relays into the affected area of Irma, Katia or Jose are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. Any SKYWARN Nets active in the local area as Irma moves into Florida and potentially Georgia and South Carolina that can pass reports to the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC are welcome to send a net liaison or connect directly at their discretion to the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219. Stations on All-Star can connect to the Echolink side of the system by dialing *033007203. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:

http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

Any pictures or videos of wind damage, river/stream/urban/storm surge flooding etc. can be sent to the following email address: pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the Amateur Radio Operator, weather spotter or individual that took the photos and media and be shared with the Amateur Radio team at the National Hurricane Center and other agencies and outlets.

Advisories on Irma, Katia and Jose can be seen off of the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Reports as obtained via the VoIP Hurricane Net from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area, relays from the affected area or from APRS/CWOP Weather Station feeds and other social media outlets can be found at the following link:

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

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*NEW-ENG3* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123

*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252

East Coast Reflector 9050 or Allstar 27339, 45192 or Echolink WB2JPQ-R Echolink Node: 57780

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on Echolink:
*KA1AAA* Echolink conference node: 269929

*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

*DIGITAL* Echolink conference node: 806143

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *033270177 or *033009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=johyPQoQwKI

An additional audio livestream as provided by the East Coast Reflector Group can be found at the following link:

http://www.eastcoastreflector.com/ListenLive.aspx

Finally, a reminder that due to the VoIP Hurricane Net activation for the various hurricanes, the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening has been cancelled. Barring another hurricane net activation near or during the weekend, the weekly net will resume Saturday September 16th, 2017.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Katia and Hurricane Jose. 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 Irma and Atlantic Tropical Weather Update – Sunday 9/3/17 – 500 PM EDT Update

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The following is a Hurricane Irma and Atlantic Tropical Weather Update as of Sunday 9/3/17 at 500 PM EDT. Regarding Hurricane Irma, a Hurricane Watch is now in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Saint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. Hurricane Irma remains a Category-3 Hurricane and is now growing in side with hurricane force winds out to 35 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds out to 140 MPH. Gradual strengthening as well as gradual growth in the size of the hurricane is expected over the next few days and a NOAA Hurricane Hunter Aircraft is enroute to the system. The VoIP Hurricane Net will potentially activate for Irma as early as Tuesday Night lasting through Wednesday Night or possibly Thursday Morning depending on the size and track of Irma. 

Advisories on Irma can be seen off the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and from the NHC web site at the following link:

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

Key Messages on Hurricane Irma as written by the National Hurricane Center can be seen at the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/AL112017_key_messages.png?018

Elsewhere in the tropics, a tropical wave several hundred miles southwest of Cabo Verde Island is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms displaced well to the west of the center of the wave. Conditions remain favorable for gradual development during the next few days with a medium chance, 60% of development in the 2-5 day period.

We also have a trough of low pressure in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This area is unfavorable for development with just a low chance 10% for development over the next 5 days.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team is preparing for likely activation for Hurricane Irma Tuesday Night through Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning as she passes near or over the Northern Leeward Islands and looking at potential activatons into the weekend and early next week for Irma. Our team also is monitoring other developments in the Atlantic Tropics. 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 Irma – Atlantic Tropical Update as of Saturday 9/2/17 800 AM EDT and Hurricane Harvey Recovery Update

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We are entering the peak of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and there are several items of interest in the Atlantic Tropics as we get close to the peak of the season. We will go through those items now.

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma is a powerful hurricane that is currently of Cat-2 intensity with 110 MPH winds and has been fluctuating between Cat-2 and Cat-3 status. Irma is expected to track west and then west-southwest for the next few days before bending back west and west-northwest. Per the 500 AM EDT/0900 UTC Saturday 9/2/17 National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory, interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system. We will discuss the projected path of Irma on tonight’s VoIP Hurricane Prep Net at 800 PM EDT tonight. Advisories on Irma can be seen off the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and from the NHC web site at the following link:

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

Key Messages on Hurricane Irma as written by the National Hurricane Center can be seen at the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/AL112017_key_messages.png?012

Atlantic Tropical Update – Another Area of disturbed weather as of Saturday 9/2/17 – 800 AM EDT

There is yet another area of disturbed weather producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms located a few hundred miles southwest of Cabo Verde Islands and associated with a tropical wave. This system has potential in the 2-5 day period as it moves westward. It has near 0 percent chance of development within 48 hours but a medium chance, 60%, for development within 5 days. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the progress of this system. You can find the Tropical Weather Outlook off the main menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and at the NHC web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov as well.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Update

Hurricane Harvey made landfall approximately one week ago in Rockport Texas and went on to produce catastrophic and record-breaking flooding in Southeast Texas and parts of Western Louisiana. The VoIP Hurricane Net took the unusual step of maintaining a listening watch for much of last week for any needs from the affected area. While things were very quiet on the system for most of the week, many monitored and there were at least a handful of check-ins from the affected area each day with updates on conditions from their parts of Texas. Two reports of families needing rescue were handled by the net and relayed to the United States Coast Guard through contacts in the Humanity Road non-profit organization. The Harvey recovery will likely go on for many months to come. Those interested in reading up on Amateur Radio efforts in the affected area can check out the following link for further information:

http://www.arrl.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Also those looking to donate to either local or national organization for the Harvey Recovery Update can check the following links for further information:

https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/donate-harvey-charities-scams.html

The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on now Post-Tropical Cyclone Harvey has he continues to produce heavy rainfall and severe weather into parts of the Ohio Valley and Southeast US. You can find these advisories off the main menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and at the NHC web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov as well.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team’s thoughts and prayers are with the many folks in Southeast Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey both from the direct landfall of Harvey and the catastrophic heavy rainfall that followed. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will continue to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and any other development in the tropics. 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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VoIP Hurricane Net Secured on Saturday 8/26/17 at 230 PM EDT/1830 UTC – Hurricane Harvey Has Been Downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey

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The VoIP Hurricane Net secured on Saturday 8/26/17 at 230 PM EDT/1830 UTC as Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey. Harvey is currently stationary and while he is a tropical storm now, he will continue to bring very heavy rainfall and significant to potentially catastrophic flooding and strong to damaging winds with a threat of isolated tornadoes. Local and regional SKYWARN groups across Texas and possibly into Southwest Louisiana should remain active providing reports via the SKYWARN reporting criteria to support providing situational awareness and disaster intelligence to local and state emergency management, non-governmental organizations and other groups.

A complete listing of reports generated from stations in the affected area of Harvey and from stations that had relays into the affected area of Harvey can be seen via the following link: http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

At this time, Harvey is expected to remain over land and continue to weaken but maintain tropical storm strength for a prolonged period. Harvey is not expected to move much which is the reason for the significant concerns regarding heavy rainfall and catastrophic flooding. The slow movement of Harvey means that weather models will struggle to resolve his exact track. If Harvey were to reemerge over the water, that may allow it to maintain tropical storm strength longer. At this time, Harvey is not expected to reemerge fast enough or be close enough to the water to reintensify into a hurricane but given the slow movement and model uncertainty, this will bear close monitoring.

The VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of Harvey and will maintain an informal listening watch on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system over the course of the weekend and remains open for use by any local or regional SKYWARN groups in the affected area of Harvey. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team also wishes to thank all involved with the net activation from the stations in the affected area who gave the net reports, the net controls who ran the net and researched other resources for information and data from the affected area for relay to WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, to the owners of the listen only Echolink conferences and IRLP reflectors and Youtube livestream for all their help and support during this VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Harvey.

A few sample audio clips from the net activation will be provided later today or Sunday Morning. An after action report will likely follow in a week or two.

Finally, a reminder that due to the VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Harvey, the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening has been cancelled. Barring another hurricane net activation near or during the weekend, the weekly net will resume Saturday September 2nd, 2017.

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

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