Monday, April 13, 2009

Gadgets that work

I was home alone last Friday afternoon when I heard a loud man's voice blaring away over and over. At first, I thought someone had broken in the house but the voice sounded so authoritative, I figured it had to be something else. It was this device--the MIDLAND WR300 Weather Radio-- that Glenn had purchased a while back letting me know about a tornado warning. I kind of laughed about the device when he bought it but I must say, it came in handy. It gave the exact time the tornado might hit and what towns it might come through. I was able to get on the phone and warn a friend coming into town to watch the weather and pull into a shelter or safer area than the car, if it got too bad. After seeing in the news that two people--one an infant-- had died during this tornado, I wished that they had been using this device. It might have saved their lives--although the news story said they were in the hallway, perhaps the best place they could find.

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Blogger javadoug said...

I was in Nashville during the tornado. That was really sad news about the deaths.

12:19 PM, April 13, 2009  
Blogger mpeirce said...

My problem with weather radios is false positives.

I bought one and it was always going off with things like "small stream flooding" which had no relevance to me. We got tired of it and turned off the thing and put it away.

If I could have just gotten it to tell me when there was a tornado nearby, that's all I wanted or needed.

5:28 PM, April 13, 2009  
Blogger Helen said...

mpeirce,

I think ours can be set just to give updates just on tornado warnings or watches or major catastrophes.

5:51 PM, April 13, 2009  
Blogger John said...

Yeah, these things have improved immeasurably since they were invented in the '70s. It's no longer a thing where your entire county is under lockdown because somebody somewhere saw a funnel cloud. With more advanced weather radar, they can actually track individual storm cells and funnel clouds and give predictions that the threat will be near such-and-such intersection or neighborhood at X minutes after the hour, etc. They simply relay this much more detailed information, over the same frequencies using automated computer generated voices. It's really handy in the secondary tornado seasons like November when most strikes come at night and you're not looking for the,. Great service and inexpensive too.

9:43 PM, April 13, 2009  
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Blogger James D said...

I've got the same model that Helen does, and you CAN program it only to go off for the specific alerts you are concerned about. You can also specify the areas you want to get alerts from (we live in Arlington, VA, so we programmed ours to pick up alerts for Arlington County, Fairfax County, and DC).

It's pretty easy to program it, too.

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