Well, we had
a good but quiet year in weather. We had a few outings and
a couple of hail storms. One of which caused another record
breaking round of damage dollarwise, and a couple of localized
flooding events that raised the level of Lake Travis some
15 feet . Aside from that, there were no hurricanes to speak
of, and no other real severe weather to deal with. It looks
as though we are entering into an El Nino cycle, and we
are having a cold Winter so far, with a very early but minimal
snow event on December 4th. The outlook seems to favor a
colder than average Winter, so we will have to see what
comes our way. Beyond that, we are awaiting the next Austin
Skywarn class, which is the 20th annual Lou Withrow class,
and will be held on Saturday, February 20th, at the J.J.
Pickle center on Burnet Rd. LSSN will have a heavy presence
there (and another face to face meeting), as will TSSI,
who is a sponsoring entity of the event. We hope everyone
has a Merry Christmas, and a safe and happy Holiday season.
of 3/29/09, we are working on updating and rebuilding the
website. It has been virtually unchanged since 2007, and
the time has come to finally get it caught up. Over the
next few days you will see some changes in its look and
information. It is long overdue, and my apologies are in
order for letting it slide. We have had some changes to
the group as well, but are still active, strong, and serving
the community as always. As we move into the 2009 severe
weather season, we look forward to the things to come for
this year. Stay tuned.
below here is currently archived news stories from 2007
As of mid 2007, most of the members
of LSSN have taken a second (voluntary but suggested) Skywarn
based test. This futher supports our training initiative,
and reinforces the fact that our members have knowledge and
experience to safely report severe weather, and do so with
the publics safety and confidence in mind. All members have
taken and passed the initial required test 2-3 years ago,
or is an ongoing process requirement for joining. All members
are hams, and are over 25, and are mature, responsible drivers.
The NWS offices we work with have a current copy of our roster
with our spotter numbers for reporting purposes. We have had
numerous flooding and storm activity this year, but the moderators
have been too busy to post most of it. A good portion of it
is posted on the TSSI site.
|We have had some activity this
year and are glad to see the return of some active weather.
Most of it has been involving TSSI due to location. Click
Here to see the latest action.
Annual Lou Withrow Skywarn Advanced training class is scheduled
for Saturday, February 23rd. Same place and times: J.J. Pickle
Research Center near Burnet & Braker in Austin. See last
years link below for map of parking areas.
annual Lou Withrow Skywarn Class is scheduled for Saturday,
February 10th. 2007 at the J.J. Pickle Research Center in North
Austin (same as last year). Registration begins at 8:15 and
class will start around 9:00. It is free and open to the public.
This is the closest thing to an annual face to face meeting
we have for LSSN. We hope to issue new ID's and stickers, so
please try to attend. CLICK
HERE for facility and parking map.
November 5th, LSSN, TSSI, Williamson County ARES, and Williamson
County Ameteur Radio Club held our annual S.E.T. Disaster Drill.
The "War of the worlds" scenario was pulled off, still
surprising some folks who happened onto the repeater, even with
the "This is a drill" announcements that were made
almost every minute. Pics and audio files are here on the site.
Thanks to all-Williamson County kicked butt again, and showed
fellow ARES groups how an S.E.T. drill is supposed to be. We
had a full blown, scripted weather net, involving 3 tornadoes,
the last one being an F4 which wiped out key parts of Cedar
Park and Georgetown, successfully activated 4 EOC's, and had
40 members involved in the drill. The goal was to stress test
the system and the repeaters. I think we did that pretty well.
Traffic was passed among all 4 EOC's, concerning damage, injuries/fatalities,
Emergency Services response and dispatching. Granted it was
only 4 hours, but with all the activity we had this year with
the hurricanes, Tom didn't feel the need to push everyone any
longer than that.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY PROVIDED AN ESTIMATED
20% OF THE TOTAL RESPONSE FOR SUPPORT FOR TEXAS IN THE RITA
DISASTER - WAY TO GO GUYS!
THE 2006 LOU WITHROW 16TH ANNUAL
SKYWARN ADVANCED TRAINING CLASS IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY
- JANUARY 14TH, FROM 8:00AM - 4:00PM. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE
J.J. PICKLE RESEARCH CENTER, AT BURNET RD. AND BRAKER LN.
IN NORTH AUSTIN. ENTER GATE ON BURNET RD. IT IS OPEN TO THE
PUBLIC AND ADMISSION IS FREE. TSSI CHASE UNITS WILL BE ON
DISPLAY AT THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING AS ALWAYS. THIS IS A
SECURE FACILITY-NO WEAPONS. LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, BUT
THERE ARE PLENTY OF FAST FOOD PLACES NEARBY.
"AL MOLLER OF
NWS-DFW WILL BE SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER"
|WE ARE WORKING
WITH WILLIAMSON COUNTY ARES ON A LARGE SCALE S.E.T. DISASTER
DRILL. THIS IS AN ANNUAL DRILL EVENT. TSSI/LSSN WILL BE A LARGE
PART OF THIS DRILL, WORKING WITH WILCO AND OTHER EMERGENCY OUTLETS
IN THE PROCESS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MONITOR THIS EVENT, IT
WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 5TH, FROM 8:00AM TO 12:30PM ON THE
147.080 REPEATER, AND ON THE 146.640 REPEATER. BOTH OF THESE
CAN BE MONITORED VIA SCANNER.
RECENTLY ATTENDED THE 15TH ANNUAL LOU WITHROW AUSTIN ADVANCED
SKYWARN CLASS. THIS YEAR THE LOCATION CHANGED TO THE J.J.
PICKLE RESEARCH CENTER, FROM THE 3M FACILITY IT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY
FOR MANY YEARS. ATTENDANCE WAS DOWN A BIT (204) FROM PREVIOUS
YEARS, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE NASTY WEATHER THAT DAY, AND THE
LOCATION CHANGE. IT WAS THE USUAL GOOD SHOW, WITH UPDATED
MATERIAL. TSSI MADE A PRESENTATION. KXAN DID THEIR LIVE SHOW
FROM 7-9 AM. NEWS 8 WAS ON HAND FOR SOME SHOTS ALSO. LARRY
EBLEN HAD SOME NEAT VIDEO WITH LOUD MUSIC BEHIND IT, WHICH
WOKE EVERYBODY UP. ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GOOD SHOW. SPECIAL
THANKS TO TROY KIMMEL, LARRY GENSCH, AND TAMMY MATE FOR PUTTING
THE SHOW TOGETHER. WITHOUT THEM, IT COULDN'T CONTINUE TO OCCUR
EVERY YEAR AS WELL AS IT DOES.
WERE TAKEN FOR LSSN ID CARDS WHILE WE WERE AT THE AUSTIN SKYWARN,
AND WILL BE MADE SOON AND DISTRIBUTED TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED
AND ARE SHOWING TO BE ACTIVE IN THE ORGANIZATION. THE NWS RECOGNIZES
OUR GROUP, AND HAS A ROSTER OF MEMBERS ON HAND TO REFER TO WHEN
RECEIVING REPORTS FROM ANY OF OUR TESTED MEMBERS.
OF JULY 5TH, 2004, CENTRAL TEXAS STORM SPOTTERS HAS BEEN RENAMED
TO "LONE STAR STORM SPOTTERS NETWORK" OR "LSSN".
THE WEBSITE WILL REMAIN THE SAME FOR AWHILE UNTIL WE CHANGE
THE DOMAIN. ALL MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION
FORM WITH PERTINENT INFO, PASS (WITH AN 80) THE 25 QUESTION
SKYWARN TEST, AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE ACTIVE IN SOME FORM.
NEW YAHOO GROUP SITE IS LINKED HERE. IF YOU WISH
TO BECOME A MEMBER, SEND AN EMAIL TO N5SSI, FOUND IN THE "OFFICERS"
PAGE OF THIS SITE.
is a photo of "The Jarrell Watch". It was found
on property South of 71 in far Western Travis County, in the
area of the ending damage path of the Pedernales portion of
the Tornado, which is where alot of the Jarrell debris ended
up. The time on the watch matches exactly to when Jarrell
was hit-3:42pm, if you allow for the tilt in the face. An
independent watch dealer confirmed it was sold between a summer
96 and fall 98 time period. It is believed that it was hung
in the cedar trees, and another thunderstorm had knocked it
down, where it was found. There is also alot of other debris
in this area which is undoubtably from the twister also. We
will search the area shortly for more findings. At the time,
my damage survey ended just short of this location, as beyond
it was uninhabited and inaccessible. Growth has allowed for
access now. Will follow up with any further findings. The
watch and the dealers report will be turned over to Larry
Eblen at NWS New Braunfels for display on their "Jarrell
Wall" in the office.
is now taking info for those members who want to be active spotters
(which will require a skywarn based test). If you are interested,
please send all vital info; name, full mailing address, cell/pager
# you can be reached at always, call sign, county, years of
skywarn experience, age, email, and a face picture for an ID,
which will be issued in the near future. You must be on the
mailing list, be willing to be an active spotter, a repeater
owner, or actively employed by an Emergency Management entity,
and have had a skywarn class. A database will be built for our
records, and all info you send will be kept confidential, with
the exception of a group roster in the future, which will have
your name, call sign, and ID #. Please DO NOT send info to the
group mailing, rather, send it to CHASE-1at
austin.rr.com . Remember, your participation in spotting
is a vital role in the safety of life and property of your own
family, friends, and neighbors.
|Jeff Geyer has now been assigned the Coastal Coordinator
position for LSSN. He has also started the GCSS-Gulf
Coast Storm Spotters group. Jeff has done alot of
work and is reaping and acquiring the benefits. He has made
contact with the NWS office and they are very interested in
us. They are also considering handing over the Skywarn program
to him for that area. This is great news and we will be there
to assist him in any way we can. GCSS will run in tandem with
LSSN. Please check it out and if you are nearer his area, join
his group also.
|The SKYWARN spotter network is a
vital element in the nation's ability to react to dangerous
and threatening weather. Spotters are a crucial front-line part
of the Weather Service's storm warning program; they provide
up-to-the-minute reports on developing storms and for confirming
reports on storms that appear threatening. Most importantly,
spotters' reports help give communities a first line of defense
against hazardous weather.
It does not overstate the importance of spotter reports to
say that the weather safety of the U.S. public rests on the
quality and timeliness of those ground truth reports. While
there have been important strides in storm detection technology,
ground truth observations remain crucial to effective storm
warnings. And while the scientific understanding of storm
structure has grown, on-the-spot observations remain at the
heart of continuing to increase that body of knowledge. Spotters
are the eyes and ears of the National Weather Service.
of the new traffic laws that went into effect on Sept. 1st,
2003 is a safety measure for emergency vehicles stopped on
the side of, or in the roadway. If their lights are flashing,
you MUST either move over and give them an entire empty lane
of buffer zone, or if unable to get over, slow down at least
20 MPH below the posted speed limit. Obviously it is preferred
to move over, but if unable to, slow down and move to the
edge of your lane as much as possible and be ready to avoid
a situation. They may be doing a felony stop and end up running
or falling into the roadway if shots are fired. They are enforcing
this law. You will frequently see a unit stopped, issuing
a ticket, and further down the road will be one or more units
waiting for someone who fails to follow this law. They will
write you a ticket for it.