Mission

ATTENTION
The user of this site should not rely upon the content enclosed in taking any course of action for specific situations, and should consult with local media outlets, emergency management officials, and National Weather Service meteorologist sregarding the applicability of any information contained herein that may apply to his or her situation. The Blue Ridge Weather Watch activation statements are only issued to inform the Blue Ridge weather spotters of when activation may be needed. Opinions expressed within this site or on other non-governmental linked web sites are not necessarily endorsed by The Blue Ridge Weather Watch. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute endorsement by The Blue Ridge Weather Watch or the information, products, or services contained therein; nor do we have editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. The Blue Ridge Weather Watch will not be held responsible or liable for any misfortune that may occur at any time during activation or otherwise.

PURPOSE
To alert people in the Blue Ridge and surrounding areas of threatening weather conditions, so they can prepare for threatening weather or take immediate safety as to protect lives and property.

OBJECTIVE
To report any threatening weather conditions in your area to the net controller for the safety of the community in which we live.

OPERATION
Depending upon the severity of the reports received, the net controller of The Blue Ridge Weather Watch, may enter into an activation mode when deemed necessary to do so.

OPERATING FREQUENCIES
145.450 and 145.190 – MHz No tone
444.075 + MHz 88.5 H Tone (not available at this time)

REPORTING PROCEDURES
( 1 ) HAM radio operators – Give your call sign when reporting into the net. When reporting severe weather, please give your name and the location of the event you are reporting. For instance, a cross street or nearest intersection, not your home address.

( 2 ) Give details of what the threat is. For instance, very strong winds, size of the hail in inches, object was struck by lightening, tree limbs of 3 inches or larger broken off by winds, very heavy flooding, standing water in the roads that is hindering the flow of traffic, ice on trees and or power lines, snow in roadways or driveways, etc.

ADVISORIES – WATCHES – WARNINGS

ADVISORY
An advisory is issued for things such as:
( 1 ) An “Air Quality Index” advisory
( 2 ) A “No Burn” is issued because of severe dry and strong windy conditions.

WATCHES
Conditions are favorable for a severe weather event in or near the watch area. Watches are issued for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.

When a watch is issued for your area, you should start listening to a NOAA weather radio, TV, or a local station for further updates and possible warnings.

WARNINGS
The severe weather event is imminent or occurring in the warned areas. Warnings are issued for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and river flooding.

When a warning has been issued for your area, TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION for your safety and the safety of your loved ones and neighbors. Severe weather is unpredictable and not something you want to take a chance with.

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