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     SKYWARN ® is a nationwide National Weather Service (NWS) program of volunteer weather spotters who report hazardous weather to local NWS offices. SKYWARN ® volunteers are trained by NWS personnel to recognize features associated with rapidly developing, mature, and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather. SKYWARN ® spotters also provide reports of heavy snow, heavy rain and flooding. These spotters provide ground truth observation information on the atmosphere that the NWS meteorologists use along with information from radar, satellites and various reporting stations to provide better forecasts and warnings in their coverage area.

      When the NWS issues a warning or watch statement, the Hancock County SkyWarn net is activated on the W8LPN repeater located at the Herron Airport in New Manchester, WV. The W8LPN repeater operates on 146.670 Mhz with a CTCSS code of 162.2 Hz. This repeater is capable of operation in both analog FM and digital C4FM modes. Listen for watches and warnings via NOAA Weather Radio. Some NOAA Weather Radios come with a feature that will set off an alarm for any warnings in your area. There is a new technology called SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding), which will set off an alarm for counties you choose only. The FIPS code for Hancock County is 54029.

      The Hancock County SkyWarn program coordinators forward the county's reports to the Pittsburgh, PA NWS office.

Use The T.E.L. acronym for your report:

Time - When did the (hail/flooding/rain/etc.) start and stop?

Event - What's occurring? How strong is the wind? How deep is the snow? How large is the hail?

Location - Your location such as a street address, nearest road intersection, distance from the nearest town, or a latitude/longitude.

Hancock County SkyWarn Frequencies

Primary: W8LPN Repeater on 146.670 Mhz -600 PL 162.2 Hz.
Secondary: W8CWO Repeater on 146.940 Mhz -600 PL 114.8 Hz.
Tertiary: Simplex 147.510 MHz

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