Hurricane Watch Net Preparing to Activate on July 5
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is preparing to activate for Hurricane Arthur Saturday, July 5, at 1100 UTC, on 14.325 MHz. These plans are subject to change. The storm is making its trek toward Nova Scotia, and the Net will be gathering ground-truth weather data for the National Hurricane Center in Miami and the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax. Amateur Radio stations in the affected area should be aware of the storm and be prepared to operate from a place of safety, as necessary. The Net appreciates the consideration of amateur stations in keeping the frequency clear and listening for possible relays.
Hurricane Arthur remains a Category 1 storm. According to the National Hurricane Center, Arthur moving northeast at approximately 25 MPH, and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or so. On the current forecast track, the storm will pass southeast of New England Friday night and be near or over western Nova Scotia early on Saturday, and over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on Saturday night.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 80 MPH with higher gusts, and additional weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours. Arthur is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday morning.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the storm’s center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.