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October 20, 2017

Serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area

Please remember that Metro Skywarn Nets are "Controlled Nets". You request access to the net with your MSW ID and a one word descriptors. See below.

1. Access the net with your Skywarn ID number, and a brief (one or two word) description of the reportable condition. ex: “ 1119, hail.” or “ 1119 , wind damage or "1119, checkin.” Wait for acknowledgement.

2. When Net operator acknowledges with your ID number, for exam ple; “ 1119” or “ 1119, go ahead”, give a brief and complete report that ends with your call sign. ex: “I’m located at I - 35W and I - 694. Pea - sized hail is covering the ground. Some the size of a dime. N0XXX. ”

3. One of two things will happen next: The Net Control operator may ask you questions to clarify your report. End each reply with your Amateur Radio callsign . OR The Net Control Operator will respond with t ime in 24 - hour format. This means your report has been received and understood, and that the Net is available for reports from other spotters . ex: “1732” This reporting format is intended to reduce the “on air” time for each report. Use of your callsign is required to be legal with the FCC.

More information:

Spotter Guide

Reminder on Proper Spotter Reports

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You must be a trained Metro Skywarn spotter to log in to this Website. Use your amateur radio call sign as your username. If you do not have an amateur radio call sign, your username is MSW####, where the # is your MSW ID.

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New Spotters: Your account will be created shortly after you attend class. If you provided a valid email address on your class roster, you will receive an email when your instructor records your class attendance and creates your account.

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    https://k0msw.us/9252423 Per NWS recommendation, Metro Skywarn is not requested to activate at this time. There is no imminent threat of severe weather currently. If you have a reportable condition, report it using alternative means of communication meaning via the internet or phone.
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    https://k0msw.us/eb41cf3 There is a low chance that Skywarn may activate early this evening-overnight. The lower possibility of Skywarn Activation later on this evening is due to a isolated risk of marginally severe weather for our forecast area today/tonight. Primary threat for the metro is,
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