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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Why Everyone Should Own a NOAA Weather Radio

by Karen Crowder

Until the 1990s, I seldom thought of the importance of a weather radio because I could always receive basic weather forecasts from local TV and radio stations. After I met and married my husband Marshall, I began paying attention to how much he followed weather with the NOAA radio. 
I first realized its importance before and during Hurricane Bob in 1991. We had a house full of company who were blind, and on Monday morning when NOAA weather projected landfall that day, we decided to keep our guests with us so they could remain safe. Marshall had kept careful track of that storm since the previous Saturday. 

Following its progress, he also tracked the severe December blizzard in 1992 and the devastating ice-storm in December 1996.  In 1994, I had bought him a new radio with the audible alert feature, which would prove to be good for everyone, especially the blind, warning listeners about meteorological events minutes or hours before they happened.

These alerts now warn all listeners of potential thunderstorms, flash flooding, hurricanes, or tornadoes during the late spring and summer months.  It reliably warns listeners of snow or ice storms, cold snaps, or nor’easters during fall and winter. It pinpoints winter-weather advisories and storm watches and warnings, so you can decide if it is safe to travel.  Living in the Fitchburg/Leominster area, our radio warns us of freeze and frost warnings in spring and fall, which is important if you have a garden. 

Weather radios are unbeatable for their forecasts, which often include very detailed climate information for your area.  The reports include daily high and low temperatures and high and low temperature records, as well as sunrise and sunset information and precipitation amounts.  Having vital information about the temperature will give you a good idea of how much your energy bills will be as well.

Since Marshall died, I depend on NOAA weather, finding it invaluable for planning trips, stocking up on food in winter, and deciding how to dress going outdoors.  I would not be with out my trusty weather radio.  TV has always done an exceptional job forecasting weather, but radio stations with syndicated broadcasting often do not give detailed forecasts and may not have information available for your immediate area. 

If you’re interested, you can find accessible weather radios at C. Crane Company, Radio Shack, and other electronics retailers.

Article Source:
Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind





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