Hams contribute to local storm reports


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Across Oklahoma, from Altus to Tulsa, amateur radio Skywarn nets were busy April 26 as severe weather traversed the Sooner State, according to Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, Oklahoma Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League.
“Folks like Wade Norris, K5WPN, Dale Town, N5VX, Stephen Ellis, KG5ICZ, Paula Cain, KF5JOC, and WX5TUL at the Tulsa Weather Service office gathered reports meeting Skywarn criteria,” said Colston, after a marathon session of storms.
 
The storms and radio nets began in the afternoon and continued into the early hours of April 27. The reports were added to those gathered from emergency management, police, fire, and citizens to give the National Weather Service actionable information used to produce warnings.
 
“At least one net operated for a seven-hour period,” Colston said.
 
For more information about Skywarn, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/ while http://altusskywarn.org/ and http://okarkskywarn.org/ give information about the Altus and Tulsa Skywarn programs, respectively.

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