ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association celebrated National Sky-warn Appreciation Day with the La Crosse National Weather Service.
The Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association (MVARA) is a group of amateur radio operators from the La Crosse, Wisconsin area.
During periods of severe weather, amateur radio operators will work in the field and report real-time weather conditions, such as tornado position, flood water height, and wind speed, to the National Weather Service ( NWS).
On SKY-warn Reconnaissance Day, amateur radio operators will make amateur radio contact with other radio operators across the United States and Canadian provinces.
“Well that means a lot, we take care of our neighbors,” said Wayne Oliver, MVARA member. “We are watching. We are helping the weather service protect people, protect property. This is a big problem.”
Radio operators will exchange information on call signs, signal reports, location and a brief current weather description of that location.
Throughout the day, NWS will follow the contacts established by the operators thanks to an online map.
For more information on MVARA, visit MVARA.net.
For more information on the La Crosse National Weather Service, visit weather.gov.