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After Storm Ciara


Weather monitoring by radio during Storm Ciara, from 7th to 10th February 2020.

After Storm Ciara

During the weekend of 7th to 10th February, the UK was hit by Storm Ciara. The editor had to take down most of his aerials, as a precaution but left enough working to enable the reception of weather data and images on short wave and on the internet. The attached images were made with the Zorns Lemma 11.42 software package, while SeaTTY was also running in the background. The receiver was a vintage Lowe HF-150 in white. The main aerials used were the Wellbrook ALA1500 at ground level, and the Moonraker X1-HF Vertical 1-50 MHz Trapped Coil Receiving Antenna on the roof of my house. The images show weather facsimiles (WXFAX) received from the German Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst DWD) on 7878.2kHz in USB. The large map is an internet download of weather data from almost 3,000 weather stations, ships and buoys across Europe, and from the USA. During the weekend, I also kept an eye on Marine Band communications from Holyhead Coast Guard on VHF.

Did anyone else monitor the storm last weekend? Have you any screenshots and pictures to share for here, and for the News pages of RadioUser? If so, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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