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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Tropical Depression (TD) 4 Forms in the Atlantic

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Tropical Depression (TD) 4 has formed in the Atlantic about 1545 miles east of the lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds of 30 MPH. TD 4 is expected to remain a depression for the next several days and is currently not expected to become a tropical storm due to dry air approaching the depression. If it were to become a tropical storm, it would be named Don. TD 4 is not expected to threaten land over the next several days.

Advisories on TD 4 can be found off of the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet 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 Management Team will closely monitor the progress of this system. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricaen net!

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

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Atlantic Tropical Update as of Sunday Evening 6/18/17 1135 PM – Potential Tropcial Cyclone 2 Advisories Being Issued for Area of Disturbed Weather Approaching Windward Islands

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The National Hurricane Center has begun issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 which will be approaching the Southern Windward Islands 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 Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada. At this time, potential Tropical Cyclone 2 is expected to intensify into a tropical storm. It will be named at that time. Its name may depend on when and if the system over the Northwest Caribbean Sea is classified and named. At this time, this tropical system is not expected to reach hurricane status so formal VoIP Hurricane Net activation is not expected at this time but the VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of this system and forward any reports of damage and any significant meteorological data to the National Hurricane Center as needed. Advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 including more data on how the hurricane center can now issue advisories before systems are classified as a tropical depression or a tropical storm can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site under Atlantic Tropical Products, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds or via the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

The system over the Yucatan Peninsula and Northwest Caribbean Sea continues to show signs of organization as it moves slowly north-northwestward but still does not have a closed circulation. A reconnaissance aircraft may investigate this system on Monday if necessary. The system has a high chance of 80-90 percent for development over the next 48 hours to 5 day period. Regardless of development, heavy rains and some gale force winds are expected to continue over Central America, the Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Western Cuba over the next few days. Updates on this system can also be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site under Atlantic Tropical Products, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds or via the National Hurricane Center web site.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will closely monitor the progress of these two systems. 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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Atlantic Tropical Weather Update – Saturday 6/17/17 at 800 AM EDT/1200 UTC

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The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team is monitoring two areas of disturbed weather for potential tropical cyclone formation. The first system is a tropical wave 1500 miles east-southeast of the Southern Windward Islands where conditions could allow for some development over the next few days before conditions become less favorable development as it continues to move west or west-northwestward at 15-20 MPH. This system will remain over the Tropical Atlantic away from land for the next several days. This system has a medium chance, 40% of tropical cyclone formation in the next 48 hours and a high chance, 70% for tropical cyclone formation over the next 5 days.

The second system is a broad area of low pressure in the Northwestern Caribbean that is producing a large area of clouds, showers and thunderstorms across this area including adjacent land areas. Gradual development of this system is expected as it moves slowly northwestward into the Southern Gulf of Mexico  over the next couple of days and regardless of development this system could produce heavy rainfall over the Yucatan Peninsula, Central America, Western Cuba, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. This system has a low chance 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation in the next 48 hours and a high chance 70% of tropical cyclone formation over the next 5 days.

Updates on these two systems can be seen in the Tropical Weather Outlook under Atlantic Tropical Products, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will continue to monitor the progress of these two systems and provide updates as needed. 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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Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Today, June 1st, marks the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. NWS Taunton has sent out a Public Information Statement regarding the start of the season including storm names, some Southern New England Hurricane History and tropical system safety tips. The National Hurricane Center has now started issuing their Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlooks and have provided info on storm names and their various products. Details at the following links:

National Hurricane Center – Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Tropical Weather Outlook and Overview of Products:
http://www.voipwx.net/files/two_atl_nhc_hurricane_season_start_2017.txt

It never hurts to have preparations in place and review safety rules prior to any impending tropical system affecting your region. This info can help you stay informed and understand products issued by the National Hurricane Center and your local National Weather Service or National Metorological service and prepare properly if your area is affected by a tropical system. Remember that the impacts of tropical systems can reach inland locations as well. For safety tips, seasonal forecasts and other information, please see the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

The National Hurricane Center also has a social media presence. That information is also available via their web site.

Remember also that we will post National Hurricane Center advisory information as links along the main menu of the voipwx.net web site as the systems are classified. This information is also posted on our voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds.

We hope for a season where coastal areas are not impacted by significant tropical systems. That said, the VoIP Hurricane Net Management team stands ready to activate the VoIP Hurricane Net as required for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane 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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WX4NHC presents award to NHC Director Dr. Rick Knabb at Hurricane Hunters Tour

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From Julio Ripoll-WD4R, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, a story on an award presented to now former Director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr Rick Knabb, by the Amateur Radio team at WX4NHC the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. Dr Knabb is now at The Weather Channel. Photos provided by Julio-WD4R are on the VoIP Hurricane Net Facebook page.

Report on Our WX4NHC Appreciation Award to NHC Director Dr. Rick Knabb

The Amateur Radio Group at the National Hurricane Center WX4NHC presented NHC Director Dr. Rick Knabb with an award of appreciation during the Hurricane Hunters Tour. Dr. Knabb had announced his departure from NHC to join The Weather Channel.

Dr. Knabb will be greatly missed at NHC, especially by the volunteer Amateur Radio Operators at WX4NHC, who enjoyed many years of his welcome and support. Rick’s smile and enthusiasm was always contagious.

His positive communications with the public; exemplary. The “Hurricane Hams” at WX4NHC wish Dr. Knabb all the best of success.

Thanks to all for the continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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