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2009 NWS/ARRL Skywarn Recognition Day

The 11th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 5. Radio amateurs will operate from many National Weather Service (NWS) offices around the United States.The purpose of the event is to recognize Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform during times of severe weather and to strengthen the bond between radio amateurs and their local National Weather Service office. The event is co-sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the National Weather Service.

Traditionally, hams have assisted the National Weather Service during times of severe weather by providing real-time reports of severe events and storm evolution. The assistance that radio amateurs provide to the NWS throughout the year is invaluable.

SKYWARN Recognition Day this year will be held from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC on Saturday, December 5, 2009 (7:00 PM Friday 12/4 to 7:00 PM Saturday 12/5). (That means the event officially begins on Friday evening in the United States). To learn more, check the NOAA Web site. -- Steve Ewald, WV1X, Supervisor, Field Organization Team.