About Dick, K1MGH

Retired physician, ham radio operator since 2003, Amateur Extra license in 2011z. Hobbies include woodworking, ham radio, digital photography, traveling in our Airstream trailer. Married to Claire going on 50 years. Other best friend is Winnie, our Irish Terrier.

INTERNET REPORTS

This week we have had a fantastic band and we’ve recorded an average of 47 reports so far each day.  The Net Controls have been having a  problem with some of our Internet reports.  Take a look at the screen shot below and you’ll see that some of the data is “clipped” and the info we want is not right there.

So, some suggestions.  in the temperature field just put in the number, we know that it is Fahrenheit because that is what it says at the top of the column.

Barometer:  use “R” “F” or “S” rather than spelling out “rising slowly” etc.

Wind:  give the speed as “direction/current/gust/peak”, i.e. “NNW @ 5/10/25”

Sky:  use “10LS” or “10R”

Gradient; “35/23” , we know it’s Fahrenheit.

Rain:  give the number for the past 24 hours, “1.30”

New Snow:  give the new snow ford the past 24 hrs, “2.5”

Total Snow:  give the depth of accumulated snow on the ground, “5.5”

Use the space at the end for comments or details that you want to tell us.

See what I mean?  The clipping makes it a little more difficult for the Net Control.

Dick, K1MGH

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017 IN ACHUSNET MA, TOM, WA1KDD

A cooler than normal November here in the northern part of Acushnet with below
normal precipitation. The growing season ended with a hard freeze 19 degrees on Veterans
Day morning November 11th.. Most rain events were short lived until a day long rain on
November 22nd. dropped 1.54″.
A early Thanksgiving Day this year saw a sunny sky and the next 7 days until months end
were rain free. The main complaint this decent November was the wind with 10 days seeing
gusts to 25 mph or better.
No snow fell this November and the snowbird juncos even arrived late.
The Fall Season (sep,oct,nov) was warmer than normal by 2.5 degrees and it was a
little drier than usual. This was the 4th. Fall Season in a row above normal temperature wise.

November 2017 Acushnet, Mass. 41deg,44min N 70deg,55min W

Ave High 52.9 deg.
Ave Low 33.6 deg.
Nov. Mean 43.3 deg is 1.0 deg. below normal
High Temp 70 deg. on Nov. 3rd.
Low Temp 19 deg. on Nov. 11th.
Days 0 or below 0

Total Precip. 3.70″ is 1.11″ below normal
Max 24hr. Precip. 1.54″ on Nov. 22nd.
Snowfall 0 is 1.1″ below normal
Total 2017 Precip. 47.79″ is 0.02″ above normal

T-Storm Days 0
High Wind Gust 37 mph on Nov. 19th.
Heating Degree Days 659
Cooling Degree Days 0
High Barometer 30.53″ on Nov. 11th.
Low Barometer 29.16″ on Nov. 19th.

The Fall Season (sep,oct,nov)
Ave Temp. 56.4 deg. is 2.3 deg. above normal
Total Precip. 12.90″ is 0.54″ below normal

BAROGRAPH RECORDING

The barograph recording shows two large swings in barometric pressure .  Each trace represents two days and the two traces are a week apart, in November.  Each vertical line represents two hours.

The Bendix barograph is always within 0.01″ of the Davis barometer in my shack.  The Davis is outside the house and the Bendix is in my radio shack.  The Bendix is one of three barographs given to me by our former Net Manager, Bill Claflin, now deceased.  Bill was a good friend and I miss him.

Dick, K1MGH

2017 Hurricane Season Video from out in Space

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

This is a link to a video that was the Picture of Today (November 27) in one of  my favorite web sites, Astronomy Picture of the Day (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/).  The video shows the development of the storms we watched over the past few months (Where do hurricanes go? To better understand dangerous storms, NASA compiled data from several satellites into a supercomputer simulation of this past year’s hurricane season. Specifically, the featured video shows how smoke (white), sea salt (blue), and dust (brown) tracked from 2017 August through October across the northern half of Earth’s Western Hemisphere. ).  I hope NASA doesn’t object to my pointing it out to you.

This is a fascinating video!  Hope you take a look and enjoy.  Dick

OCTOBER 2017 SUMMARY FROM TOM CARR, WA1KDD

A much warmer than normal October here in the northern part of Acushnet with
above normal precipitation. It was the warmest October on my temperature records back to
1984. The average temperature of 59.6 deg. for October 2017 was 5.9 deg. above normal.
The low temperature for the month was a warm 36 deg.. No frost was observed during the month.
The first 24 days of the month featured mild temperatures and just occasional periods
of rain dropping only 0.90″ during the period. A juicy flow of moisture ahead of a slow moving
cold front produced 2.37″ of welcomed rain on the 25th. into the 26th.. Mother Nature then added
all the ingredients to produce a potent windswept rain storm that fell trees resulting in widespread power outages in Eastern New England to end the month. October barometers got quite a workout
ranging from an unusual high of 30.65″ at the beginning to maybe a record low of 28.99″ near
months end.

October 2017 Acushnet, Mass. 41deg,44min N 70deg,55min W

Ave High 69.6 deg.
Ave Low 49.6 deg.
Oct. Mean 59.6 deg. is 5.9 deg. abve normal
High Temp 80 deg. on Oct. 10th. & 22nd.
Low Temp 36 deg. on Oct 17th.
Days 90 or above 0

Total Precip. 5.02″ is 0.58″ above normal
Max 24hr. Precip. 2.37″ on Oct. 25-26th.
Total 2017 Precip. 44.09″ is 1.13″ above normal

T- Storm Days 0
High Wind Gust 46 mph on Oct. 30th.
Heating Degree Days 200
Cooling Degree Days 29
High Barometer 30.65″ on Oct. 3rd.
Low Barometer 28.99″ on Oct. 30th.

 

Tom Lizak, K1TL

Tom is our newest Net Control.  He alternates Saturday with Jon, N1MLF.  Tom lives in Tiverton RI.

I have been a resident of Tiverton RI for 32 years and an avid amateur radio op for about 60 years.   Worked as a CW operator for RCA Global Communications from 1978-84 at their RCA Coastal Station WPA in Port Arthur TX.  This was the best job I ever had…working CW and getting paid for it.

I recently retired three years ago as an Electronic Technician with Purvis Systems working as a government contractor @ NUWC (Navy Undersea Warfare Center) in Newport/Middletown RI.  There I did a variety of jobs doing mostly fiber optic fabrication along with power cables, power racks, water cooled equipment, computer installation/repair work and supply work…so I was pretty busy most of the time.

Once retired, I looked into getting back to Meteorology as that was my passion when I was a teenager, listening to Don Kent CH4/WBZ in the early AM before going to school and the NEWN on 3.905MCs (MCs, back then). Purchased the Davis Vantage PRO2 set up and put the wind instruments on the 55 foot tower in the back and temp/rain equipment off the side deck.

Equipment is an Elecraft K3 w/KPA500 and a  Kenwood TS830S for backup.  I have a 80m inv-V off the tower.