by Andy McEvoy
The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc (FHARA) held its monthly meeting on September 14, 2022 at German Flatts City Hall. The meeting was open to the public and had approximately 35 participants.
This month’s reunion included a special presentation from WKTV weatherman Bill Kardas. The presentation focused on winter weather as the season is just around the corner. Bill mentioned some remarkable weather conditions last winter, including the ice jam at Dolgeville and also the Stella snowstorm.
Major topics of discussion included winter storms, lake effect snow, blizzards, proper techniques for measuring snowfall, ice jams and ice storms.
Bill used many graphs and data of past snow and ice accumulation and average totals for the United States and New York State. He explained in detail how lake effect snow impacts our area and how wind direction plays a critical role in making it severe or minimal.
The presentation culminated with many questions from Bill’s audience and a round of applause from everyone. Club President Don Peterson (KD2ILO) and other members thanked Bill for his excellent presentation. Peterson said, “Bill has really customized the presentation for the area as he forecasts and reports the local weather.” In the past, the National Weather Service in Albany would go out and hold live presentations, but has reverted to online-only presentations in the past two years.
The FHARA presentation can be viewed on Bill’s Facebook page as he broadcast it live for his followers.
The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association hopes Bill will be back in the spring of 2023 for a presentation on spring and summer weather. The public is always welcome at any club meeting.
FHARA has numerous Skywarn weather observers who, when needed, go on alert to monitor extreme or severe weather conditions and help relay weather reports to the National Weather Service. Skywarn coordinator Hank Crofoot (KB2VLP) stays in close contact with the NWS and puts members on alert if necessary.
The next FHARA meeting on October 12 will also be held at German Flatts Town Hall, 555 State Rte 5S, at 7 p.m. Tentatively scheduled with final details being worked out, there will be an emergency preparedness class, which has been well attended in the past. Stay tuned to My Little Falls for the latest details.