I copied the following message from the national aprs group, and wanted to share it with you all. It was posted by Tim Cunningham N8DEU about a presentation he made for the ARES/RACES group in Huntsville.
Please read it completely, and then follow the links below to see the presentation that goes along with it.
Let me know if you have trouble viewing the links or if you want to discuss getting this setup for yourself.
Original from Tim Cunningham:
"I shared a presentation at a local ARES/RACES meeting in Huntsville, Alabama this past weekend on how APRS can augment a SKYWARN voice net activation. We get a lot of severe weather during the transitional seasons and the SKYWARN voice net is generally very active. I had the opportunity to be at home during a SKYWARN voice net activation and made some observations while capturing some screen shots of my APRS display during the activity. Once I put it all together, the picture was clear. APRS can provide valuable clear and concise information to dramatically improve communications and situational awareness. The NWS bulletins coupled with the ability to place objects on the maps as well as non-APRS storm spotters provide us with a clear and concise picture of situational awareness.
The ARES/RACES group here were impressed by the capabilities and we hope to see some new activity in our APRS community real soon. It seems that most were caught off guard on the capabilities that have not been tapped.
As I captured the views and put the pieces together the real story unfolded in a surprising manner. It became much clearer why APRS is a necessary tool (one of many in on our HAM tool belts). The situational awareness becomes very vivid when you watch a storm on an APRS map and see where all the storm spotters are located without speaking a word and capturing NWS bulletins in real time. You are better informed and aware of what surrounds the weather event, who is in harms way instantly, where the spotters are located, and where the damage takes place when objects are placed on the map for all to see.
There has been some success in getting grants to install weather stations in at least one county (22 weather stations) that will be installed in the near future. These are our 24/7/365 weather spotters working daily around the clock.
If you missed the presentation this past week you can view some of the material at:"