Sussex County, NJ
A.R.E.S. / Skywarn
The Mt. Holly, NJ National Weather Service forecast office handles the Sussex County, NJ area. Skywarn spotters provide live visual information to the National Weather Service through a regional coordinator. The live reports fill in the gaps and limitations of the electronic weather stations and radar operated by the NWS.
With many storms it is not uncommonn to lose power and/or telephone service. Amateur radio is a perfect fit for these types of situations and it probably the reason why so many skywarn spotters are ham radio operators. In Sussex County we operate a Skywarn spotter radio net on a ham radio repeater. Click here for frequencies. Ham radio operators can report dangerous or hazardous weather conditions to the Skywarn net control operator, who will compile the information and report it to NWS in Mt. Holly. Our local coordinator has also setup a telephone hotline for non-hams to call in weather reports.
Skywarn Spotter training is frequently provided by the National Weather Service throughout the area. For a listing of ucoming training sessions please check the MT. Holly Skywarn website. Once you are a trained spotter the NWS will issue you a unique spotter identification number to use when calling in reports.
report hazardous weather conditions:
Amateur Radio - Sussex County Amateur Radio Club Repeater - rx 147.300 / tx 147.900 PL 151.4
Amateur Radio backup - Vernon area RACES/ARES Repeater - rx 146.925 / tx 146.325 PL 151.4
GMRS - NorthWest Emergency Communications Service - rx 462.625 / tx 467.625 PL 218.1
(Remember, wireless portable phones are the safest during a storm). The phone line will be monitored during a warning. Remember when you call, leave your name, your phone number, location, time of the event and of course the event. We ask for your phone number so we can contact you if needed for further information. The weather hotline will be available only during warning situations.
THE WEATHER HOTLINE DOES NOT SUBSTITUTE CALLING NATIONAL WEATHER DIRECTLY FOR SHORT FUSE SITUATIONS.
We strive for accuracy, timeliness and safety.
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