If you have ever experienced a hurricane or tornado you have experienced a big wind. These are not often a very pleasant thing to go through. Big winds are always destructive, when I lived in Illinois I remember seeing the destruction the tornadoes brought to the farms there and now living in Florida, it’s the hurricanes. Both are bad, I am not sure which is worse. The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire measured a wind that set the record on April 12th, 1934 of 231 mph. Now that’s a big wind! I am not sure exactly how you celebrate a big wind. Most are something you don’t really want to celebrate unless it’s having survived one.
How to celebrate – Celebrate not having a Big Wind! Get your kites ready. Botl down anything you leave outside.
The first Saturday in December is Skywarn Recognition Day. This year that happens to be December 3rd. It’s something that touches us all and most of us don’t even know it existed.
All across the United States amateur radio operators participate in an early warning system to let others know what they see in the sky and the weather that might be expected to follow. It is vital that this communication takes place, so important that the National Weather Service relies on these operators to keep them informed of what is coming, and in some cases, what has happened.
They call themselves the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and are very proud of the information they send along the way, and well they should be. They are Public Service Volunteers, an army of men and women that do all they can to let others know what they might be in for, weather wise, and send out warns about hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, fire, high winds, anything that might threaten someone else. They often are in the middle of the storm themselves, transmitting as long as they have the power to do so.
If you would like to know more about them or possibly find out how you can help you can contact them via this site. Though the operators have been around for years they were not celebrated until 1999 when the National Weather Service created the day of recognition. We owe them more than you can begin to imagine, they should be thanked and celebrated by everyone.
How to celebrate – See if you can become one of the Operators yourself! Find out if anyone you know is one of the operators and thank them for their service. Contact N.O.A.A. to see what else you might do for them.