Alert Test Reports for September 2020

Hi folks. This is the September 2020 WX radio test alert report.
Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for August 2020
SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for September 2 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.
SAME Test Report For September 9th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday September 16th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT. Weekly SAME test report:12:26 pm ADT Yarmouth, NS XLW573 162.475.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday September 23rd 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT. Weekly SAME test report: 11:56 am ADT Yarmouth, NS XLW573 162.475.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday September 30th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) did not happen dew to it being off the air, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

Let’s Continue To Help Save Weatheradio Canada

This is a kinda continuation of yesterdays post, in that I have sent out a couple of mass-blasts and the second one is this link. If you want to help bring about change, please sign this petition. https://www.change.org/p/ec-radio-ec-canada-ca-save-weather-radio-canada/psf/promote_or_share?recruiter=1144864027

Save Weatheradio Canada

Today I heard news which is potentially a threat to this blog, as well as to those who don’t wish to rely on a Smart phone, to get the latest weather information and severe weather alerts in Canada. Basically, Weatheradio Canada has been announced to be discontinued within the next 6 months and this is obviously bad news. I have fired off an email and here it is, in its entirety.

Hi there. My name is Gord and I’ve been a loyal Weatheradio Canada listener since 1988, when I was 14 years old, going on 15. I just heard that the network is scheduled to be discontinued within the next 6 months and this is deeply troubling to me, for a number of reasons.
1. I depend on the network for not only getting the latest weather information and alerts but, as a ham radio operator I also use it to get an idea of how good VHF band conditions are, on a given day. If my local WXR and others around me are taken off the air, I will have no way of properly figuring that band conditions are either very good, or normal.
2. I have an iPhone and a number of weather apps, including WeatherCAN and Météo but, I can’t rely on them for everything I need to hear. For example: neither app has updated weather alerts during a continued watch or warning period and the average person isn’t going to listen to the app read out the information on the screen. I’m blind and have an iPhone like any other device from Apple and I use a screen reading software, which is built into the phone called VoiceOver, which also happens to have all 4 voices which were slated to be a part of the network going forward, with the new iNotify software. I apologize if I misspelled the name incorrectly but, I was given two different spellings and I’m not sure which one is correct.
3. I have also been a volunteer for Weatheradio Canada since around 2004, reporting anything on the network which I hear, that is out of sorts with what is currently happening. For example: I have reported countless times the network in Ontario and especially the Toronto WXR has gone into watchdog mode and without people like myself, it would sound much worse and many people wouldn’t be able to find out, when or where the next bout of severe weather is coming from. If the network is discontinued, this will give those of us who report on a voluntary basis, nothing to do. This includes reports you may receive every week from myself, in regards to the weekly and monthly SAME test reports and I have been doing this since August 2012, as I was asked to do so by a former manager of Weatheradio Canada.
4. The discontinuation of Weatheradio Canada will also make a bunch of Facebook groups nearly irrelevant, as I am a part of three groups which focus on both the network and Canada and NOAA weather radio. I also publish a blog which is mainly focused on Weather Radio in both Canada and the US and have done so, since 2011. The discontinuation will also spell the end of that too, as this was my creation.
5. People depend on the network, in order for it to save lives. This also includes those in the CANWARN community and WeatherCAN is not something I would want to depend on, if the internet is out and all Cell phone towers have been blown down, or struck by lightning. Amateur radio cell phone towers have been blown down, or struck by lightning. Amateur radio and Weatheradio are the best things to have during a severe weather emergency and as I had mentioned earlier, WeatherCAN doesn’t even update us on updates to current alerts, other than that they have been issued or ended. We need the network to continue operating in Canada and if it goes away, you might as well kiss most of us who are CANWARN trained goodbye as well, because we depend on it to keep us informed, along with our smart phones. Besides, Apps may not push alerts to our phones in a timely manner, depending on whether we are connected to a wi-Fi network or, are in an area with poor cell phone coverage. A VHF radio network has more coverage than some cell phone towers and not every Wi-Fi network is necessarily good enough, to keep an app reliable and efficient, in pushing weather alerts to smart phones.
6. If the network is discontinued, think of the job losses which will be happening left right and centre. Also, think of those who do volunteer reporting, both for the network andCANWARN and who rely on Weatheradio Canada, to keep them informed. Also, think of the wasted radios which will be nothing more than paperweights and especially those, which are standalone units. We can’t sell them because, if the network is discontinued they can’t be used, because there will be nothing but static. Also, think of the units on School buses, boats, in cars, etc and if the network is discontinued, they will be worthless and useless.
Finally, I was shocked when I heard the news on my radio and I would like to know the exact reason behind this and not the media type speech, as to why this could be a possibility. Other people who have also heard the news were equally as shocked and don’t want you to take it off the air and my hope is that this gets to the media. Yes, we are in a pandemic situation but, this is just as vital to our safety as any COVID alert app or anything which is meant to protect our health. Please, consider everything I have written here, before killing a network, which has been on the air since 1976, during the time when Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister of this great country. please, don’t render VHF radio’s which only have seven channels on them useless. Please, don’t take away options for those of us who use VHF radio’s to begin with, in order to know weather VHF band conditions are good or not. Please, consider everything I have written here before even thinking of pulling the plug on Weatheradio Canada. Besides, this will make all the work which had been done in upgrading the software, a complete waste of time and manpower, as well as money. We need the network in order to keep everybody in the loop as to when the next severe weather emergency is looming. Anyone can turn off the alerts on their phones and they don’t make as much noise, as a Weather Radio, when a warning is issued. Right?
I hope that this gets a lot of attention in the media and everyone will finally wake up to how important this service, as well as NOAA Weather Radio is to our friends south of us. It would be a real shame, to wake up and hear static, where I once heard weather information for Toronto and St Catharines, or even Normandale. Thanks for your kind attention.

Cheers,

Gordie

Sent from my iPhone 8

Monthly SAME/ 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports for August 2020

Hi folks. This is the August 2020 WX radio test alert report. Before I get to the report itself, I would like to announce that I will be bringing back my net on ham radio and will be renaming it the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada net, after one of the groups I co-admin on Facebook. It will probably start meeting in late September or October and at this point, I will probably hold it on Wednesdays at noon ET. It will last for one hour and will consist of check ins and a topic. However, reports of the weekly and or, monthly SAME tests are also recommended. I even have an idea for the possibility of some Zoom chats, which will include those who are not ham radio operators and can include those from Weatheradio Canada and NWR, if they wish to participate and take questions from those of us who listen. The reason for this is because not everyone who listens is a ham and not everyone who works for Weatheradio Canada or NWR is a ham either. So, I am trying to include as many people as possible, in order to get the most of what I am trying to do, which is spread knowledge about how Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio works and allow the people who have their hands on the keys, to talk to us directly.

Anyway, I will be working things out over the next few weeks and hopefully, there will be a separate post, which will be all about the net. Also, what I have said above is purely preliminary and not set in stone so, don’t be surprised if things change depending on reaction and suggestions from others. I certainly hope that I get both of those things in response to this because, I don’t want to be doing this by myself. I want this to be a collaborative undertaking between myself and those who have constructive suggestions. In the mean time, here is this months report.
Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for August 2020
SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for August 5th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.
SAME Test Report For August 12th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday August 19th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday August 26th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT..

Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter for August 2020

Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter for August 1st 2020
https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Weatheradio_Canada.html 
Hello and welcome to the second issue of the newsletter for 2020. Did you have a great Christmas and holiday season? Oh… I already asked that in the previous and full-length issue. I will talk about why I haven’t numbered this one in a moment and I thought I would start off, by wishing everyone all the best and that we are all healthy and staying safe.

I have decided not to number this issue because it is abbreviated, due to the lack there of anything Weather Radio related to talk about. There are some things but, the pandemic has stalled any new work on Weatheradio Canada, which requires travel to various sites. Also, physical distancing does not help either and this is true of other situations, for some people but, that’s another story altogether and not one meant for this blog.

Anyway, I hope we all can enjoy the rest of the summer as much as we can and you will notice that a lot of things which are missing from this issue. For example: there will be no list of websites or manufacturers and, no CANWARN and SKYWARN section, except for what and how to report severe weather. However, I will have the list of weather, Weather Radio and weather/ Weather Radio related apps (such as they are) available here too. This is because I will be talking about a couple of apps… one of which is accessible to everyone and the other one is not so much. Anyway, enjoy reading and if you have any questions or feedback, you know how to contact me.

This is something which you may not have even thought of, before the pandemic but, your WX radio can let you know whether your area has a COVID-19 outbreak. At least, if you live in the US. Unfortunately, in Canada we are stil running the older software and only alerts in the news and on our smart phones will let us know. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxjKrJ6C70&feature=youtu.be

Instant Weather App

This is an app which was a couple of years in the making and in my own opinion, its main focus is on weather radar. Sure, it has the ability to push severe weather alerts to our phones and provide weather and weather forecast information. However, any talk on social media has been mainly on how the radar looks. As a result of this, it is not accessible to those who can not see and even with a screen reader like VoiceOver on iOS devices, it is nearly unusable, unless you have sight, or enough sight to see what’s going on on radar. Also, when the app came out, it was the top raded app on the Canadian App Store, when it was finally ready for launch in February 2020.

I like that it pushes both issued and updated weather alerts to my iPhone and well… that’s all I can use with this app. Everything else is impossible to navigate for those who use a screen reading software. I’m sorry to trash the app but, if all you are going to be chatting up is radar, it should have been obvious to those who are blind, that this would not be one which could be easy to use. However, I’m glad that the app is here and hopefully, as a result of this newsletter and those in the blind and visually impaired community who are reading this, any necessary changes can be made, to make it much more user-friendly to everyone. It is simply impossible to navigate properly right now and I hope that things will be improved upon and other visually impaired users (besides myself) will chime in with their ideas. Especially, those who may be a developer and therefore, have more experience with making applications accessible to everybody. So, if you have any knowledge of how apps work on the inside, please help with improving it by opining on social media outlets. We need more apps with more opportunities for everyone, to be able to use them.

Weather Gods

On the other hand, Weather Gods started out as an app which was meant for the sighted and had become a favourite among those who are blind and visually impaired. The main reason is because of how accessible it is, because of its use of weather related sounds, to indicate current weather conditions and itss easy to follow, menus. For example: setting up the notifications, tapping on the various “gods” in the app and as mentioned before… the weather sounds make things easier and more entertaining. For more on the app, check this out, from November 2016. https://www.applevis.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/AppleVisPodcast1028_2.mp3

The only Criticism I half of the app is the lateness of severe weather alerts, compared to other weather apps, which push weather alerts to iPhones. It is an iPhone only app but, it has weather for all around the world and it even gives instructions, when severe weather alerts are issued, for what to do when a life-threatening storm pops up out of the blue, or arrives after sufficient notice.
There is a lot to love about this app and there could be more improvements to make it better. For example: we may see and hear how far lightning is striking from our current location and this is helpful, especially to those of us who are either CANWARN or SKYWARN weather spotters. If lightning is striking 17 km away, it’s time to get inside and stay in the shelter, until 30 minutes after the last strike has occurred. One of the other weather apps I currently use does this but I hope that Weather Gods may take this and run with it, along with issuing lightning alerts.

Anyway, if you are intending on getting the app, it is a payed app but there are no in-app purchases so, you just pay to get it and that’s it. I don’t think there is an android version of the app so, for those of you without an iOS device, you are sol.
On a side note, the AppleVis podcast has been around for a number of years and the focus is on the blind community and their use of Apple devices such as: iPhones, iPads, The iPod touch, Apple Watch and even Macs, MacBook pros, etc. For more episodes you can do a search for AppleVis in the podcast app on your iOS device or, you can check out this link. https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/applevis-podcast/id478403062

A major change may be coming to NOAA Weather Radio. For more efficiency, NWS is proposing to split counties into multiple SAME codes, instead of one, via Partial County Alerting (PCA). This would provide more accuracy for counties where a storm could be affecting one part of a county, but not another. The first county that will be tested is Clarke County Nevada. Check this link for more information. https://www.weather.gov/media/notification/pdf2/pns20-55vef_pca.pdf

SPOTTER REPORTING TIPS
For those who are new to the newsletter, this is for those who are either trained as CANWARN or SKYWARN spotters. However, these tips can be useful for anyone to follow, to help report severe weather to someone who is trained, such as myself. Besides, you could help save lives.

How to Report
Amateur radio network (if applicable) – Amateur Radio Condition
Condition Codes: Code Green – Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Code Yellow – Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Watch
Code Red – Tornado Warning
in Ontario by email at storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca
Twitter with #onstorm
If you are CANWARN trained you should give the following information to the weather office in order to help them ground truth: Your name, CANWARN ID, contact number, – Where – you are located and the approximate location of what you are reporting, – Describe what you are witnessing/what you witnessed, the time of occurrence of the event and duration, its movement (where the phenomenon came from and where it is going).
In the spring/summer severe weather season, please report the following:
Hail (use coins to describe its size…dime, nickel, quarter, loonie for larger hail…golf ball etc.), Heavy rain that has resulted in local flooding, Damaging winds (damage from tree branches down to more significant tree or structural damage), Large scale rotation in a thunderstorm such as: Wall Cloud – Funnel Cloud, Waterspout and Tornado, Dense fog – visibility less than 1 km
Note: if you are unsure of the rotation or presence of a wall cloud or funnel cloud…watch the area for a few minutes if it is safe to do so to verify the situation.
For the fall/winter, please report the following: Dense fog (visibility less than 1 km), Any occurrence of freezing rain or freezing drizzle, Heavily accumulating snow (2 or more cm/hr), Whiteout conditions in snow/blowing snow (visibility near zero), Rapid freezing of water on road surfaces.
For SKYWARN spotters, you should report: Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation)
waterspouts, Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating
Hail (Be specific with regard to size; however, YOU SHOULD NOT report MARBLE size)
Winds (40 mph or greater; specify whether they are estimated or recorded), large branches downed (specify the diameter of the branch), Trees/power lines downed, Structural damage to buildings such as roof, windows, etc.
Rainfall (1 inch or greater in an hour) (NOT a 1″/hr. rate for 10 minutes), 2 inches or greater storm total, Flooding — Streams/Rivers — also, when nearing bankful — Coastal — Street (Road Closures/Washouts, Cars Stuck due to flood waters. Minimum of 6″ of water covering an entire roadway or lane of a major route/highway).
For Winter Weather you should report: Precipitation type change (rain to sleet/freezing rain/snow, when the change has “taken hold”), Thunder when it is accompanied by snow, 1/4″ radial ice accretion (from twig outward; not circumference), New Snowfall from the First 2 inches; every 2-3 inches thereafter, 1 inch per hour or greater.
If it is less than 2 inches total, give the final total only Give final total: no partial reports please) Report any snow/sleet/freezing rain if not in NWS forecast.
Please consult your local Amateur Radio club or CANWARN or SKYWARN group for their: email address, Twitter account or Facebook pages.

THE WATCHDOG REPORT
If you hear anything that doesn’t sound right on your local Weather Radio transmitter, there are various ways to report a problem that depend on where you live. If you live in The United States, you can call 1-888-697-7263. You can email NOAA at nwroutage@noaa.gov, or on the web at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. If you live in Canada, you can call 1-877-789-7733. You can email the National Weatheradio Canada Team at ec.wxradio.ec@canada.ca. Also, you can report it on the NOAA Weather Radio Weatheradio Canada Facebook Group. You will find the link to it later in this issue and all issues of the newsletter. You can also email the author directly at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com and it will be passed on for you.
Note from the author:
I will mainly include items with a definitive time on their start to finish and ones with unknown starts or endings, I will of course include as well, but with a mention of them being unknown.
On Sunday, February 2, the following was reported on the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group.

Myles Keleman

“Station XLM537 is currently broadcasting a looping “technical difficulties” message. And I already dropped them an email.” The problem was rectified on February 3rd and had also affected either, a select number of WXR’s throughout the Prairie provinces and the Arctic region, as I had called selected telephone ATAD’s and they were all updated, so it was hard to pin down when things had gone wrong. I had checked Winnipeg and it was also in watchdog so, I called the ATAD and it was updating normally. Either way, things must be alright again, in that part of the country.

on Thursday, February 27, the London WXR went into watchdog mode, after the 11:00 AM forecast went through, with the last hourly update being at 10:00 PM, with no further forecasts getting through. It would be fixed, but it is unclear when.

This may have also affected other transmitters, such as Toronto which can be fixed easily due to the upgrade. However, forecast have not gotten through to it either, unless something major is issued like a watch or warning. Thankfully though, it hasn’t gone down and was still working throughout the entire winter weather outbreak during the last days in February 2020. S[Speaking of Toronto, on Sunday, March 1, it had gone into watchdog, most likely as a result of what happened during the week with all those watches and warnings throughout the province. It was not restored until 10:40 AM March 2nd.

On Thursday April 30th around 11:15 AM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog and had been restored within minutes, thanks to emails from myself and others.

On Saturday, June 13, all of the stations in the prairies and Arctic region went into watchdog at either 10:15 or 11:15 P.m. central time. My guess is that the severe weather may have overloaded the system, or knocked out power to a few transmitters. They had been restored some time during the morning of June 15th.

On June 15th, it was reported that XLM-614 162.400 MHz in St Johns Newfoundland had gone into watchdog. It came back around 2:30 PM NDT.

On Wednesday July 29th at around 7:00 PM, St Catharines VAD 320 went into watchdog and wasn’t restored until Thursday July 30 at 8:09 AM.

Weather or Weather Radio Apps
This is a growing list and it needs more results for future reference. If you have idea’s for weather or Weather Radio apps which should be put into future issues of the newsletter, send an email to the author at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. Right now these are iPhone apps only, because that is all we have at the moment. Your help is needed to expand it.
Alertable by Public Emergency Alerting Services Inc
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/alertable/id1277488940?mt=8
Note: for android users there is an android version of this app, which you can find on the Google Play store.
Weather Office Free by X2 Studios
https://appsto.re/ca/–gXw.i
This app provides weather and forecast information for both Canada and the US from Environment Canada and the National Weather Service respectively. In fact nearly all apps mentioned here provide information from one or both sources. There is a version you pay for but to me, it is the same as the free version.
NOAA Weather Radio by Christopher Coudriet
https://appsto.re/ca/R0LCy.i
This app allows you to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and receive alerts for your county in the US. It would be nice if it also provided the same feature for Weatheradio Canada and Canadians too, as it provides some Canadian WXR’s as live streams.
Weather Radio by WDT by Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.
https://appsto.re/ca/5eBPy.i
This app gives you NWS alerts and also pushes lightning alerts to your iPhone, when lightning is possibly detected in your local area or, in area’s you have selected.
TuneIn Radio – Stream Live Radio by TuneIn
https://appsto.re/ca/_7t-y.i
This popular app allows you to listen to conventional, Internet and even some Weather Radio stations when and where available. you can even listen to podcasts of your favourite radio shows if you like and maybe even audiobooks, To help you pass the time in the monotony of a commute or while waiting in the waiting room for an appointment.
WeatherCAN by Environment and Climate Change Canada https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/weathercan/id1334221563?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.gc.ec.weather_app_android.ops&hl=en_US
Météo – Canadian Weather by North Bits Solutions Ltd.
https://appsto.re/ca/vu0i3.i
This is another app designed for Canadians and is available in both english and french. It is similar to the Degrees Pro app and some of the others on this list. It is also free, despite that it offers in app purchases.
Atmosphérique Pro – Canadian Weather from EC by Quadrant Newmedia Corp.
https://appsto.re/ca/ZcvgB.i
https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/scanner-radio-police-fire/id498405045

This app is rather Self-explanatory, in that it allows us to hear scanner feeds from various police scanners, as well as Weather Radio. In fact, it helped in reporting one of the issues I highlighted in “The Watchdog Report” earlier in this issue.

Instant Weather https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/instant-weather/id1495672013 for iOS or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.instantweather.instantweather

This is what it says in the application’s description. “Our app helps keep you safe, dry, & save you time. Our weather coverage combines top-tier data, instant alerts, custom updates, & your detailed reports in one location. Introducing our new free app. Instant Weather helps keep you safe, keep you dry, and save you time. By combining top-tier weather data, government weather alerts, our custom severe weather updates, and the detailed reports from the most passionate weather community on social media, we’re able to provide you with the best possible forecast. ——————– Free version: – Instant Weather Alerts – Custom Severe Weather Updates – Accurate Current Conditions – 15 Day Forecast – 10 Day Hourly Forecast – 6.5 Hour Minute Forecast – Past & Future Radar (1.5 Hours) – Report Weather – Ads ——————– Remove Ads Subscription ($0.99/month or $5.99/year): – *No ads – *Past & Future Radar (5 Hours) – Custom Severe Weather Updates – Instant Weather Alerts – Accurate Current Conditions – 15 Day Forecast – 10 Day Hourly Forecast – 6.5 Hour Minute Forecast – Report Weather ——————– Remove Ads + 15 Minute Radar ($12.99/year): – *No ads – *Past & Future Radar (5 Hours) – *15 Minute Radar Intervals – Instant Weather Alerts – Accurate Current Conditions – 15 Day Forecast – 10 Day Hourly Forecast – 6.5 Hour Minute Forecast – Report Weather We’ve been developing and testing the app for several years and we’re finally ready to launch it! There is still a lot we want to improve with the app and still the potential for occasional bugs. We have more details about upcoming features, known bugs, tips, etc., on our website at https://InstantWeatherInc.com/app-faq Please join our Facebook tester group at https://Facebook.com/groups/InstantWeatherApp to share bugs and feedback with all testers, and to learn about the latest updates that we’re working on! A huge thanks to all those who have supported us over the years and have made this all possible! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at help@InstantWeather.ca Thank you, – Adam”

Weather Gods by Weather Gods Ltd
https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/weather-gods/id1041512978
This app is an interesting one, in that it provides weather alerts and plays sound affects too, so a lot of people who are blind appreciate it for its ease of use. However, it pushes weather alerts to the iPhone a few minutes late and that isn’t good, in a potential tornado situation where you may have less than 15 minutes to prepare and get into a safe place, to avoid being struck and killed by flying debris. However, it does push severe weather alerts so, if you wish to give it a try go ahead but I encourage you to use it with another app, like WeatherCAN, which is much faster and pushes alerts in a more timely manner.
My Lightning Tracker & Alerts by JRustonApps B.V.
https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/my-lightning-tracker-alerts/id1175031987
This is another app which pushes lightning alerts to your iPhone but you have more control over how they are sent out, such as changing the distance and time duration between receiving a push notification from the app. Also, you have an option of changing the sound used to alert you of a lightning strike but it doesn’t notify you that it has been 30 minutes since the last lightning strike within 17 km of your current location. But, it still is a good app.
The official Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Twitter Account
https://mobile.twitter.com/wxrnewsletter
Final Words

This has certainly been a different type of issue of the newsletter, as 2020 is turning out to be a radically unusual year for all of us around the world, due to the pandemic. Hopefully, we can get back to normal as soon as possible and until further notice, there will be no new issues of the newsletter until it is safe for all of us to go outside again, socialize and get close to each other, without a second thought. Thanks to all of you, who have helped out over the years and hopefully, you can continue to do so, for as long as the newsletter is around and as long as I am here, to bring it to you.

Monthly SAME & 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports for July 2020

Hi folks. This is the July 2020 WX radio test alert report.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for July 2020

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for July 1st 2020

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report For July 8th 2020

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday July 15th 2020

Yarmouth XLW573

162.475 MHz, 2:26 PM ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday July 22nd 2020

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday July 29th 2020

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT. Thanks to Bill Cury for his report from Yarmouth NS.

SAME & 1050 Test Report For June 2020

Hi folks. This is the June 2020 WX radio test alert report.
Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for June 2020
SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for June 3rd 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.
SAME Test Report For June 10th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday June 17nd 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.
SAME Test Report for Wednesday June 24th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME & 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports for May 2020

Hi folks. This is the May 2020 WX radio test alert report. Obviously, there wasn’t a new issue of the newsletter on the 1st and there probably won’t be, until August at the earliest. Also, any further work on the software  installation has been postponed, dew to the COVID-19 pandemic, with all travel to specific sites being suspended, until further notice. However, these SAME & 1050 Hz tone test reports will continue, as long as I am able to write and as long as I am reasonably healthy. In the meantime, let’s all stay healthy and safe.
Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for May 2020
SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for May 6th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 12:01 PM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:56 AM, (RMT) 12:02 PM, (1050 TONE) 12:01 PM EDT.
SAME Test Report For May 13th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday May 20nd 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 3:01 PM EDT.
SAME Test Report for Wednesday May 27th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME & 1050 Hz Ton Test Reports for April 2020

Hi folks. This is the April 2020 WX radio test alert report. Just so you are aware, there will not be a May newsletter on Friday, dew to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of new material completed for the next issue. However, it will come out when enough of the economy has been reopened and we can live our lives, with some degree of normalcy. Until then, it will only be the monthly SAME & 1050 Hz tone test reports until further notice.
Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for April 2020
SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for April 1st 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 12:01 PM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:56 AM, (RMT) 12:02 PM, (1050 TONE) 12:01 PM EDT
SAME Test report for April 8th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.
SAME Test Report For April 15th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday April 22nd 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.
SAME Test Report for Wednesday April 22nd 2020
Yarmouth (XLW573) 162.475 Mhz, 11:55 AM AST, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.
SAME Test Report for Wednesday April 29th 2020
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.
Thanks to Bill Curry for his report from Yarmouth NS.

Spring 2020 CANWARN Announcement

Good day CANWARN Members, 

This email is to regrettably inform you that we will not be proceeding with in-person CANWARN (severe weather spotting) sessions this year in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

We spent much of February and early March coordinating with partners and planning sessions. We likely do not need to tell you in detail, that the current COVID-19 situation changed quickly and dramatically; governments at all levels are responding to this crisis and encouraging everyone to do what they can to “flatten the curve” (such as physical distancing). As such, we will not be scheduling group-training sessions in order avoid the spread of the virus.

We do have some capacity for doing online webinar-style sessions. Given the current situation, and resource allocation, preferential consideration for these webinar-style training sessions will be given to those working in emergency management or critical infrastructure, and those with the ability to convene a group of participants (remotely). If you feel this style of training might meet your local safety training requirements, do let us know and we will work with you to organize something.

We are sorry for this disappointing news. We are grateful for your support. You can contact us at ec.canalerteontario-canwarnontario.ec@canada.ca if you have any questions or would like to coordinate a virtual session; someone on our team will triage your request.

Take care and stay safe!