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Old 05-15-2007, 09:06 AM   #29
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Thanks for confirming that this little unit works Clancy Boy. It's nice to know we can count on it should we ever need it. It sounds as if you unfortunately had to put it to a real test.
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:09 AM   #30
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Oops - I see I double posted. Sorry
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:56 AM   #31
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Talking Aunty Em, Aunty Em....

When you have been born, raised and still live in tornado alley, you learn the signs (including the maple leaves flipping over to show their bottoms), but we also rely on technology. We always have something with battery backup, because the electricity ALWAYS goes out here in the country when there's a storm coming in from the west, because our power comes in from Topeka.

We have not only the NOAA radio, but also a police scanner that picks up the emergency management teams from the counties west of us. This year we bought a hand crank multi purpose radio (similar to the one shown earlier on this thread) from L. L. Bean. It picks up TV, Radio and weather channnels. Worth the $50.00 we think.

The bottom line is though... no matter how prepared you think you are, the tornadoes don't care. Greensburg, Ks. had lots of notice, many residents had weather radios with alerts, but there were still 9 killed and many injured. Tornadoes with an EF-5 rating will take asphalt off the road, so you know what their town looks like. It's hard to get out of the way of something like that.

Let's face it; the weather is getting stranger and stranger. We all need to be more aware of what's going on around us.
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Old 05-15-2007, 07:42 PM   #32
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If it's wet, it's raining.
If it's white, it's snowing.
If it's stiff, it's freezing.
If it's moving, it's windy.
If it casts a shadow, it's sunny.
If you can't see it, it's foggy.
If it's gone, tornado.
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:23 PM   #33
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Amen to that. Weather yesterday - 86 and sunny. Weather today - 56 and cloudly and down to 46 tonight. The saying here in Kansas - "If you don't like the weather, wait 24 hours, it will change."
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:27 PM   #34
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Here, it's ..."wait 10 minutes!"

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Old 05-15-2007, 09:14 PM   #35
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Have a crank Grundig as well...but finally gave out...time for a new one. Ten plus years in S.W. Oklahome and eleven in Texas...yup, one does worry about the weather. Our friend had a tent camper flippeds in a down burst, a tornado dropped my twenty three food cabin cruiser on my VW, and neatly deshingled my roof. God bless the spotters I do have a weather station to mount in my TV, just because Always good to have a scanner if you can keep current with the channels for the area you are in. Good thing is the AS moves...bad thing is not very fast Best to keep tuned in and know where the closest, safest structure is.
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:06 AM   #36
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We use our laptop and check the NOAA website. Or, stick our head out the window... but then we live in California and look for smoke from forest fires and check the earthquake activity on the USGS website.

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Old 05-16-2007, 12:30 AM   #37
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How do I check the weather? I lick my finger and stick it in the wind, Which finger I use is dependant on how much mother nature is messing with my Airstream. DG
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Old 05-16-2007, 02:07 AM   #38
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Great site. Especially the 15 day forcast.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:54 AM   #39
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I threw my inexpensive weather radio out. It would blare out at the worst times with test signals. Now I keep an eye on local doppler via the internet where possible.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:52 AM   #40
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I've got the same radio AZstreamin posted a picture of. The only problem is that NOAA has apparently decided to sound off every morning at 6:30 AM, using the alert tone, just to give the day's routine weather forecast! For that reason, I turn it off at night, even though it should be left on! I wonder if it has occured to NOAA that, people who want the routine weather report at 6:30 AM are generally already up and about? They don't need to be jolted out of bed by an emergency signal.
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Old 05-21-2007, 03:15 PM   #41
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I ran across this today: Cellphones could warn of imminent lightning strike Sounds more useful than a plumbing or centipede game.
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