November 2Ø12 Newsletter

The next SKYWARN meeting is 20-Nov @ 7:00 PM, the third Tuesday of the month.

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, 04-Nov. Hopefully, everyone has checked the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Now would be a good time to check the emergency kit you should have in your car.

SKYWARN Active Member List
Autumn G. has been sending e-mails out to individuals that previously expressed an interest in SKYWARN. With the activation of everbridge by Steele County, we are trying to be sure we have an accurate list of participants. If you have not been contacted by Autumn and wish to participate in SKYWARN, please send an e-mail with your current contact information to

MN Winter Hazard Awareness Week
Minnesota winter is just around the corner. To help everyone get ready, MN Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service are sponsoring MN Winter Hazard Awareness Week. Winter Hazard Awareness Week topics include:

  • Monday, November 5: Winter Weather Overview
    Ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter weather watches and warnings and wind-chill
  • Tuesday, November 6: Outdoor Winter Safety
    Safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia and frostbite
  • Wednesday, November 7: Winter Fire Safety
    Winter and holiday fire safety, alternative heat sources, smoke detectors, cooking safety, candle and decorations
  • Thursday, November 8: Indoor Winter Safety
    Carbon monoxide, radon, mold and general home care
  • Friday, November 9: Winter Driving
    Auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 5-1-1, winter driving tips, car survival kits and calling 911 on a cell phone
There is some good information to review, even if you think you know it already. Give consideration to signing up for the Weather-Awareness-Notification. You will receive e-mail notices about weather safety events orwhen new information is added to the weather awareness websites.

NWS Weather Survey From Multiple Sources
You may have noticed a link in the NWS frame of the WX Dashboard. The NWS is undertaking its annual research to better serve your needs. A third party research and consulting firm (CFI Research), is administering this survey via a secure server. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. The actual questions presented may vary from individual to individual based on how some questions are answered.

Winter Storm Names From Multiple Sources
Many major winter storms have been named during or after the event has occurred, such as ‘The President’s Day Storm’ and ‘Snowmageddon.’ The names for these storm names are provided by the news media, rather than the NWS. Continuing with this trend, the Weather Channel will begin naming what it calls “noteworthy winter storms.” The intent is to be able to communicate the threat and the timing of the significant impacts that accompany these events. Naming is also expected to make communication and information sharing in the constantly expanding world of social media much easier.

Move That Satellite From Multiple Sources
The Geostationary Satellite system (GOES) supports weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, and meteorology research. There are several satellites:

  • GOES-12 is designated GOES-South, located at 60°W.
  • GOES-13 is designated GOES-East, located at 75°W.
  • GOES 15 is designated GOES-West, located at 135°W over the Pacific Ocean.
GOES-13 began having problems in September and was taken off line. GOES-14 is a spare satellite that was "parked" at 105°W. When GOES-13 went down, NASA started moving GOES-14 into an orbit to replace GOES-13. Moving a satellite is a slow process since it has to drift over to the new position. Before GOES-14 reached its new position, NASA was able to correct the problems on GOES-13. GOES-14 will go back into hibernation.

Term For The Month From Multiple Sources
Blowing A Hoolie
This term is used in England and South Africa among other countries. It refers to a strong wind that blows wild (gusty) and noisy. According to Penny Tranter of the BBC Weather Centre hoolie may be a shorter form of hooligan to refer to the noise and commotion produced by a gang of such. More often than not winds must exceed 35 mph for this condition. Conversationally this term might be used to say "it's not wise to take your boat out when it is blowing a hoolie", or "when you're golfing on the links you have to keep the ball low when it's blowing a hoolie."

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