VOIP Hurricane Watch Net

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Jul 23, 2007
Edmonton, AB
Just got this via their email reflector:

Tropical Storm Edouard May Still Intensify into a Hurricane prior to landfall. VoIP Hurricane Net to Monitor in an informal mode on Tuesday starting at 4 AM ET-6 PM ET (0800-2200 UTC). The Net will move to formal if Edouard reached hurricane strength...

At 11 PM ET Monday/0300 UTC Tuesday, a Hurricane Watch is in effect from Intracoastal City to Port O'Connor Texas. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Grand Isle westward to Port O'Connor Texas. Tropical Storm Edouard will make its way westward making potential landfall in the Houston Metropolitan area on Tuesday. The latest NHC advisory states that Edouard could approach hurricane strength as it makes landfall. Although intensity model guidance is less bullish on that occurring, there is little difference between a strong tropical storm and a hurricane, therefore the VoIP Hurricane Net will activate informally to monitor the threat from Edouard. The latest hurricane advisories can be found via the VoIPWXNet web site at http://www.voipwx.net and click Atlantic Tropical Products off the Main Menu of the web site. The advisories can also be seen off the National Hurricane Center web page at the following link:


Given what little is known about the intensification and weakening phases of tropical systems, the VoIP Hurricane Net is informally activating our net on Tuesday from 4 AM-6 PM ET (0800-2200 UTC). If Edouard reaches hurricane stength, the net will move to formal mode. Stations in and around the Houston Texas area are requested to be ready to give reports per the SKYWARN reporting crtieria and per the reporting criteria as posted on the VoIPWXNet web site into our net as required. The net meets on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system. Liaisons to local and regional SKYWARN nets are strongly encouraged to work with our net during this timeframe. Also, stations and locations on either side of the Houston area should closely monitor the progress of this system. The angle Edouard is taking toward the coast could cause some margin of error of where the main thrust of the storm could be felt along the coast.

Please note: Stations in the Houston area should be advised that the 147.000 repeater PL 103.5 +offset is their local repeater as well as the Salt Grass link. Thanks to Kevin – K5WTF for the information.

We have not heard of any formal activation of WX4NHC at the present time. They will, however, monitor for reports from our net via various forms as well as report submissions that net controls will do as criteria reports are received. If the activation status of WX4NHC changes for Edouard, we'll update this announcement accordingly.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will continue to closely monitor the progress of Edouard. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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