Once programmed, they will automatically turn on and basically alert you whenever a severe weather watch or warning is issued for your county.
The local TV stations are constanly talking about them.
They are esstential if you live where I live with no local warning sirens. If I lived in town I probably wouldn't have one.
I also have a scanner that I use when there are actual tornado warnings in my area. A couple years ago Woodward got nailed with one. I live about 3-4 miles from there and I was able to get real time updates from the sherriff's dept spotters about where exactly the tornado was. Being that it was so close and severe, it was very nice to have that kind of information.
Is anyone else tired of storm warnings that channels have? It really drives me nuts when I am trying to watch an hd program and then warning comes up and reduces the picture to standard definition. Is there some place I can email to say you only need to show the warning for about 5 minutes instead of the whole episode? An example is My Name is Earl right now.
Get over it, those storm warnings may save someone's life.
We were watching the season finale of a show on CBS and they kept going to the weather desk at commercial and cutting into programing to show severe weather up near Fort Dodge or something. We emailed and b****ed and they said they had to look out for the best interest. No offense, but unless a tornado is headed down my block, I REALLY dont care. I can figure out that it tis thunderstorming out, thanks!
A tornado did hit Johnson school in Nebraska last night. It could happen in Ft Dodge too.
Looking forward to CFH magic for the next bball season, Georges style.
Anyone with a weather radio? That darn thing woke my wife and I up earlier in the week at 3 something and kept going off till 6:00 a.m. due to all of the warnings......what a long day. I had the thing set up to alert me to bad weather coming in from Dallas, Warren, and Polk county before it gets to my area. Since I have those counties set up, it goes off anytime something is going on in those counties regardless if it is heading my way or not. Last year I delt with the same thing.....
Soooo, I am changing the dang thing to only warn me about my area and as narrowed down as possible so I can get some sleep on a stormy night unless it is specifically heading my way.....
That's the way it supposed to be setup. Why get awakened in the middle of the night for a storm a county or two away when it might fizzle before it gets to you.
Get a nice one that you can program the county and the hazard. The KCCI/HyVee radios don't do that. You can program the county but not the watch or warning type. This really minimizes false alarms. If you live on the top of a hill and don't care about Flash Flood Warnings, turn them off. Don't want to be woken up by a Severe Thunderstorm Watch at 300am. Off again. The only things you can't turn off are Tornado Watches and Warnings.
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If you're trying to get people to move there, it just might work. We have the Bell Tower and NO Wal-Mart...
Totally forgot about the 'singing silo' as Jeffersonians refer to it. Much as I hate to admit it I have gone back a few times for the Bell Tower festival in June, mostly due to school reunions. Never attend their functions, just wait 'em out at the beer tent. Do you live there?
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