Friday, April 15, 2011

Keeping an eye on the sky

I’m been watching all of this tornado coverage all day and I’ve been thankful that, so far, it has been pretty far south of us. What we have seen so far is pretty high wind (50mph gusts) and a ton of heavy rain.

I’ve been watching the CBS station in Birmingham that has been showing a huge tornado / funnel cloud moving toward Birmingham. It’s amazing what the radar technology today shows that we didn’t see 10 or 20 years ago.

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That’s some scary stuff.

In weirdly related news, the new weather radio I bought for travel came in the mail today. It was quite the deal – brand new $10 including shipping. And, it’s tiny. Hear it is next to something ancient so you can tell just how small this radio is.

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It picks up just as good as my Midland table weather radio that is on my bedside table. I always have it on with the alarm on just in case. I don’t think it would be fun to wake up to a roof peeling off and the weather here just seems to get crazier and crazier as the years go by. It will be a good companion for my work backpack as I travel from place to place.

It’s a Midland HH-50. It’s not meant to be an “always on warning radio” though it does have the alert feature. I think it’s best suited for travel and being out and about. Why they don’t have weather radios in every car radio is beyond me.

I’ve always been interested in the weather – maybe it’s a hobby or a fascination. Who knows. In any case, it’s good to have a weather radio and be prepared for what might happen. It always amazes me to read about people who take a direct hit and afterwards say they had absolutely no warning. We’ve known there would be a severe weather outbreak for several days so there is really no excuse for having no warning in 2011.

So, that’s my weather update blog entry. I now will return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

1 comment:

  1. I think that's a really good idea. I'm surprised there's not more of a concerted effort to broadcast warnings - the Japanese system for earthquake warnings via cellphones, I think, is an excellent example of how to do it right.

    Hope you and yours are safe through these storms.

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