Some Local Area Severe Weather Photography - Todd Sherman/KB4MHH
- Including `CG' and `Sheet' lightning over Paynes Prairie, downburst
damage at Whitney Mobile Home Park, a funnel cloud sighted over NW
Gainesville as seen from Whitney Mobile Home Park, and a large
multicell Cb over Ocala as seen from NW Gainesville.
National SKYWARN Home Page
NOTE: It should be clearly understood that the Natl. SKYWARN Home Page is a
PERSONAL web page and not an "official" site of the SKYWARN program. It is
not "sponsored by" or "funded by" or "run by" the National Weather
Service. It is not "officially endorsed" by the National Weather Service.
It is a personal web page that provides links and informative information
but it is now currently being run by a commercial weather store called
"Anything Weather." I'm aware of it's entire history from start to finish
and I was even asked more than once by it's original site owner/webmaster,
Chris Knauer, if I would take over it's operation but I just didn't have the
time. Chris was looking to transfer ownership and operation to someone else
because he was also very busy. The site ended up being handed over to a
17-year-old boy who ran it for a short time and then abandoned the site for
a couple of years. It changed hands again, I think, and then it finally
found steady ownership from some guy at Anything Weather, whose first
order of business was to take my Index to SKYWARN Web Sites On The
Internet and cut and paste it over to his site...at FIRST without even
removing my name and copyright at the bottom! He wrote me an email
requesting permission to use it and when he didn't get a repsonse he just
put it up anyway. Not the way to make a friendship. I objected, he made a
few format changes, removed the copyright, replaced it with his own, and
called it "different now" and thus, no longer intellectual theft. (sigh)
But my biggest objection has always been with the title of the webpage.
I've always objected to it and to the possible (now confirmed) widespread
confusion that it could cause. It's irritating when you encounter thousands
of people across the US who insist that it is THE official SKYWARN web site
of the National Weather Service when that's not at all true and there is no
such endorsement or claim verbiage anywhere on the site, and all people have
to do to find that out is look at the copyright on the bottom of the web
site, or read the "About" section to find the AnythingWeather
logo/copyright. The website's title is misleading and gives people the false
impression that it is "official" and something that the Department of
Commerce itself put up or something and that is NOT the case. Even some
NWS employees have been taken in and think that the site is "official" and I
CONSTANTLY hear NWS employees making reference to the site in public talks
as if it's an official NWS web site of some sort. And every time I do, I
cringe because that is incorrect misinformation. It is a GREAT RESOURCE, but
it is not the official website of the Department of Commerce. The DoC
actually HAS no official SKYWARN web site out there and I actually think
that it is BECAUSE everyone thinks that the National SKYWARN Home Page *is*
the DoC site. It is VERY confusing to newcombers who don't have a clue what
the background is. The closest you'll find to an "official" SKYWARN site is
the NWS's SKYWARN page at www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn - but
it's not comprehensive being only one page.
Related Newsgroups and Mailing Lists:
National SKYWARN mailing list -
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form, to which you should reply with a simple "ok" in the message
body. You will then begin to receive the SKYWARN list mail.
SKYWARN-L -- Local SKYWARN Discussion List (UF Listserv) -
Send "subscribe SKYWARN-L (your first name) (your last name)" in the
body of the message. You will receive a confirmation message to which
you must reply with "ok". After this, you will be subscribed and you
will receive an information sheet about the mailing list. To then send a
message to the list, send it to "email@example.com".
AC-EMWIN Twitter Page -
An alternative method for local Alachua County area users to receive
the latest local area weather bulletins: watches and warnings, Hazardous
Weather Outlooks, spotter activation statements, DAY ONE Outlooks, Zone
Forecast Products, Short Term Forecasts, etc. All bulletins are
abbreviated and appear exactly as they would on your pager or cellphone.
Bulletins here come courtesy of Alachua
County SKYWARN and the Alachua
County EMWIN Project. If you're thinking of subscribing to the AC-EMWIN
Projects's bulletins on your pager or cellphone, we recommend subscribing
to this to get an idea of what the bulletins will look like on your pager.
Note that there are lots more bulletins sent to the Twitter list than will
be sent to your cellphone, but at least you can get an idea of what the
bulletins will look like.
Other Useful Weather-related Mailing Lists -
- Check this out, because some of them offer lots of weather related
reports that you can subscribe to individually, and that can be mailed
directly to you, including hurricane reports, tornado reports, issued
watches and warnings, other severe weather event reports, etc.
Weather Resources Page - Todd Sherman/KB4MHH
- Links to satellite and RADAR imagery sites, general information sites,
sites pertaining to SKYWARN, forecasts, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe
weather, local weather, storm spotting, storm chasing, weather-related
shops and stores, and more.