Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Issue 28

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Hello and welcome to the fourth and final issue of the newsletter for 2018. It is fall and I hope we are enjoying it, before the snow starts to fly in a big way. I will have some comments about things which have been happening on the Weatheradio Canada network and thankfully, things are changing (all be it eventually) for the better. However, I will get into more of that later on in this issue.

This issue marks the 7th anniversary of the newsletter and to think, it was started in 2011, on an old Nokia phone and was an idea in my head, during August of that year. People have thankfully, been supportive and also, thanks to social media and my current blogging outlet, it has had a farther reach in the past year. Before I had started posting it here, the newsletter was only available in pdf form and sometimes, as a document file. Now, you can just use Google and you can find it. I do apologize for the spelling of the URL though, as it was a mistake which I hadn’t noticed until somebody had mentioned it to me.

For those of you on Facebook, don’t be shy about contributing to the newsletter, no matter which group you are a part of, relating to Weatheradio Canada or NOAA Weather Radio. I encourage anyone and everyone, to help fill up the newsletter with their own articles, as well as my own contributions. If you wish to contribute, you can either email me or send me a private message, if that makes you more comfortable. The email address is available in every issue of the newsletter and it has changed over the years. However, wxrnewsletter@gmail.com is the current address, to contact me by email. This also goes for those of you on the email list as well, as some of you have emailed me articles to insert into past issues of the newsletter and I thank you for them.

The idea is to take less of an emphasis off of me as the author and put more of it equally on you, as the reader contributing to it. That was a part of the original plan and unfortunately, I seemed to be dominating almost the entire issue. Not that I don’t like doing the whole thing, it’s just that I want others to contribute as well, for you to feel a part of it. Some of you have contributed however, the original idea of everyone contributing to the newsletter, somehow got lost and hopefully, there will be more of an equal contribution from both myself and you, the reader in the future. The exception is almost all of the links near the end of each issue, except for the applications and links to manufacturers and blogs. After all, the idea was to have something where anyone with or without social media can contribute. In fact, I got the idea for the newsletter from another such newsletter, published by the Oakville ARES group, which has since changed its name to SHARES or South Halton ARES. In fact, both newsletters grew and grew, as time went on but this one (had at times) expanded out of control. An example of a rather large issue which had been published is the 7th issue in May 2013, which seems to go on forever. However, I have managed to keep it to a reasonable length as of late.

I have no problem inserting links into the body of the newsletter either, to keep things interesting, as some people read it and others hear the text on a screen reading device. Besides, they are there to spice up the newsletter, like photo’s are there to spice up blog posts. Altho, I insert them because I feel they are important to know about. I wish I knew about WX radio when I went to school and I had never dreamed I would have my hands on the controls of a newsletter, about something which interests me and, which is provided by the federal governments, of both Canada and the US. Of course, I keep politics safely away from it because, that is where it belongs. I don’t like politics because of what it does to people. That is as far as I go on that subject.

Anyway, I hope you all are staying warm and weather-safe. Your continued support for the newsletter is very important and I thank all of you for becoming a part of it, at some time during its history.

After months of being awol, St Catharines VAD 320 162.475 MHz is back on air and not just an open Carrier. This is according to Marc-Antoine Chabot the day it came back. “Niagara is back online. We still need to change the backup battery and UPS, but we have a solid connection now.” It certainly is broadcasting as it should and hopefully, we don’t have it go offline for a long time.

Have you ever wondered what those letters and numbers inside a CLC or FIPS code mean? This should help explain that. This is a complete post from the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group and thanks to Mark J. Szymanski for giving us this breakdown of all of the elements, with a small change I have made.

Here’s a brief breakdown of the elements contained in an Environment & Climate Change Canada SAME message (similar in the United States):

Example:

ZCZC-WXR-WSA-052100-052200-052212-052223-052231-052232-052240-052251-052252-052260-052270-052300-052310-052321-052322-052323-052331-052332-052340-052400-052410-052422-052431-052433-052500-052510-052520-052530-052540-052550+0600-3572142-EC/GC/CA

Note: Elements are separated with a hyphen, except for element 5 which is described below.

Element 1. The “ZCZC” comes from the Navtex message format which in this case, begins the SAME message

Element 2. The next element (“WXR”) is a three letter code which specifies that this is a Weatheradio message.

Element 3. Next, another three letter code which indicates the type of alert. In this example, it is a “Winter Storm watch” (“WSA”)

Element 4. The fourth element are 6-digit numerical codes, all separated by hyphens. The quantity of them varies depending on the location codes affected by the alert.

In this case, the following regions are under the Winter Storm Watch:

052100 = City of Winnipeg

052200 = Selkirk – Gimli – Stonewall – Woodlands

(which includes Rural Municipalities coded as 052212, 052223, 052231, 052232, 052240, 052251, 052252, 052260, & 052270)

052300 = Portage la Prairie – Headingley – Brunkild – Carman

(which includes Rural Municipalities coded as 052310,

052321, 052322, 052323, 052331, 052332, & 052340)

052400 = Dugald – Beausejour – Grand Beach

(which includes Rural Municipalities coded as 052410,

052422, 052431, & 052433)

052500 = Morden – Winkler – Altona – Emerson – Morris

(which includes Rural Municipalities coded as 052510,

052520, 052530, 052540, & 052550)

For brevity, the Rural Municipality names have been omitted.

Element 5. Preceded by a plus sign (+) is a four digit time code which specifies how long the alert is in effect for, in this case 0600 or 6 hours.

Element 6. Is a date and time code that indicates when the alert was issued. The first three digits are the Julian date (number of days since January 1st) followed by a four digit time in UTC (Universal Coordinated Time). Today is day 357 of 2016 and the issuing time was 21:42 UTC which translates to 3:42 PM CST (Central Standard Time).

Element 7: The final element indicates who issued the alert and will vary accordingly. In this example, EC/GC/CA is Environment Canada of Government of Canada of Canada.

The EOM or End of Message closes the alert and translates as four N’s or NNNN

Hope this helps demystify how the SAME codes read.

Any questions, please feel free to ask.

Network Survey, Phase II

Since mid May until around June 18, a select few WXR’s have been chosen to participate in the survey, about the network and as you probably guess, I made my voice heard. So did Weatheradio Canada, in that they used 2 new voices to announce it, along with the email address and phone number, in order to do so. In my case, I heard the announcement as I had returned home from a CANWARn session in Oakville and even though I knew the voices and that they were coming, I was surprised to hear them. For the record, the voices which we heard were Tom for english and Chantal for french, announcing the Survey and giving out the email address and phone number, respectively.

On August 14th, the second survey was conducted from then, until some time in September. This time, it was on more WXR’s and the same 2 voices were used as before. For me, there wasn’t any difference to the wording of the questions of either survey but I dutifully filled it out anyway and I have a copy of the audio of the second survey announcement, from someones radio. Of course, I don’t need it as a hi fidelity MP3 or wav file of the announcement because, I have all four voices on my iPhone already. However, I would like to take a look at the script as it was written because there are some problems with the rhythm of the phone number and email address is being given a bit more slowly then they should be, by both Tom and Chantal. Otherwise, I’m satisfied for the most part.

Since then, there has been no further surveys as yet and I am thankful, that others participated in it with me and when the next one is put on the network, I will be sure to be a part of it. Some of the things I hope will happen in the coming year are: a return of the watch, warning and advisory bulletins as they are written and not that something is issued for the listening area, without an explanation as to why it is in affect. This would be helpful to everyone, including those who are mariners and who have had their marine radio sound the alarm, about a severe thunderstorm warning in the area. In some cases, the forecast can fill in some details as to why a watch or warning is being issued, with hints as to why a watch or warning is in affect in the body of the forecast. But, not everyone has time to listen to the entire detailed forecast and they want to know, why their WX radio has gone off. This is where some Smart phone applications can be a big help but, what about if there is no internet connection? What if they are not even ham radio operators and they may have families to protect from potential danger. I’m just saying…

Something else that should also happen is that the cycle should be preempted for the time being, during a severe thunderstorm and or a tornado warning situation. About 30 years ago, there was an ID message which stated the station and its broadcast area. Then a message “dew to severe weather in the area, the broadcast has been preempted. We will return to normal, when the severe weather has passed.” The cycle consisted of hourly reports, the watch and warning bulletins in the area and the ID message being repeated, until all warnings have ended. This was only for severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings and that could change, if Weatheradio Canada decides to add other warnings which are not weather related. In the third issue I have all 80 SAME event codes (at the time) layed out and you can take a look at them, for more.

Something else myself and other listeners have been wanting on the network is special weather statements, so we can be alerted early, that something is possibly on the way and there may be further watches and warnings issued, as the event draws closer. I get them by email and I am lucky to have that privilege but, not everybody else has the same access to it that I do. Sure, there are applications which allow access to receiving all alerts on your phones but, what about those who have friends and family outside our city or town? I’m just thinking that it would be nice for everyone to have the same notice on their WX radios as they do on the internet and, it would be in a timely manner. Whether the powers that be, choose to have them toned is another matter and I don’t know if there will be any SAME event codes for special weather statements in the future.

There are a couple other items I hope will be back on the network, when everything changes. When I first listened, there was a daly climate data report twice a day, for yesterday and or, the current day. This of course, depended on when the report was generated on the network. It also gave the record hi’s and lo’s for the day and I have always found that interesting, especially if there is an unusual cool or warm air mass affecting the province in which I live. It also helps to keep us grounded in that we don’t need to be afraid of when the weather gets unusually unseasonable, for a time.

Also, in the morning there used to be a segment which gave the forecasted hi and weather conditions for major cities in Canada and the US. I think that was a nice gesture and it certainly helps people who are traveling, for what ever the reason. On another note, it helps to give a heads up to any inclement weather, which may be on the way or present at any given location outside the local city, Territory or province. It’s not detailed by any means but, just hereing the forecast hi and weather conditions alone, (especially in the winter for US destinations) is enough to make you want to go there. Imagine living in Toronto and hearing that it will be sunny and 27??? In February? Obviously, that probably won’t happen unless things go completely bonkers and the world’s climate is out of whack. Anyway, it’s only an example and not something that may really happen.

Anyway, thanks to all of you who have replied to both myself and the team who had conducted The survey. As for when the new voices will be on the network, not right now because there is still work to be done before the launch. That’s really all I can say about that and I’m not happy to tell you this either but, that’s the way the cooky crumbles. Right? Besides, It may change in the spring, as things have done in the past. However, that is another story for another article, in possibly the next issue of the newsletter.

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 page and the Yahoo Weatheradio Chat Group. You will find the link to both the Facebook and the Yahoo group 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 only include items with a definitive time stamp on them, from start to finish. That is in affect the whole point of this report, to give as conclusively as possible, dates and times when outages have begun and ended. However, In the last issue, I have started putting in outages with unknown start and end times, as honourable mentions. However, I still would prefer as definitive start and end times, for reference in other sources and websites.

On Sunday September 16 around 4:14 AM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog mode. It came back Monday, September 17 around 7:30 AM.

On Saturday October 20th at around 8:15 AM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog mode and had returned early Sunday morning. This was after a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for 1 region of Southwestern Ontario on Saturday afternoon.

On Tuesday, October 23 at around 6:30 P.M. all of Ontario went back into watchdog mowed… again? but, I came back around 8:00 A.M. the next morning.

THE CANWARN/SKYWARN REPORT

CANWARN (CANadian Weather Amateur Radio Network) is a volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who report severe weather and damage reports to Environment Canada when they see it. Weather reports from amateur radio operators help confirm on the ground what satellites and radars see in the atmosphere. The information gathered from CANWARN is also used to update and fine tune weather warnings, fill in gaps in current observing networks and is also valuable in forensic storm analysis. When Environment Canada issues severe weather watches or warnings, they may alert the CANWARN volunteer Net Controllers in the affected areas. The volunteer Net Controllers contact other CANWARN members on the amateur radio, tell them a watch or warning has been issued and ask them to report signs of approaching severe weather. In the US SKYWARN is the American counterpart to CANWARN in Canada and the purpose for it is exactly the same.

For this section of the newsletter, we will explore how different CANWARN and SKYWARN groups operate in their local region, from time to time. There may be some SKYWARN information from meteorologists in this issue and there will be some tips on how to report severe weather for both CANWARN and SKYWARN.

We may not agree with everything that is written here, but it is important to hear from others to see how different groups operate throughout North America.

CANWARN training in Canada is done for this year and as I mentioned in the last issue, Geoff Coulson has retired after 30 plus years at ECCC. However, he is coming back to do some sessions in 2019, to make the transition easier for whomever the new Warning Preparedness Meteorologist will be for Ontario. I found out while attending the CANWARN session on May 5th at ECCC HQ, there are some people who don’t have a clew what Weatheradio is, even though they contribute to the network, EVEN BY WHAT THEY DO. I hope that the next one doesn’t need to be schooled on what Weatheradio Canada is and thankfully, Geoff was certainly aware of what it is. Anyway, I am certainly looking forward to next year and finding out who will take Geoff’s place. Also, who will write the anual canwarn MESSAGE DURING THE WINTER?

As for SKYWARN training schedules, you can go to either of the following sites:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/

http://skywarn.org/

https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id#

http://spotterguides.us/

There are many links for you to look at on these sites. 🙂

SPOTTER REPORTING TIPS

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 hashtag #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.

Where toPurchase Weather Radios

Weather Radios can be purchased at various electronics stores that specialize in radios and other equipment such as:

CB World at http://www.werecb.com/,

Universal Radio at http://www.universal-radio.com/,

Radiooorld at http://www.radioworld.ca/,

Burnaby Radio at http://www.burnabyradio.com/,

Ambient Weather at http://www.ambientweather.com/, and many more retailers throughout North America.

Best Buy, which caters more to General consumer Electronics such as, Smart phones, tablets, MP3 players etc. However, they also Carrie some Weather Radios, in both Canada and the US. http://www.bestbuy.com/ also in Canada http://m.bestbuy.ca/defaultpage.aspx?lang=en and if you want results from a search on Weather Radios, https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/Search/SearchResults.aspx?query=Weather+radio

Or, the free iOS app Best Buy Canada by Best Buy Canada Ltd

https://appsto.re/ca/_2iex.i

If you want more information about the app, check The developer website for more information. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/bestbuyapps.aspx

When planning to purchase your first Weather Radio, it is highly recommended to look for the Public Alert identification logo. 🙂

Weather Information on the Internet

Suggested weather sites to visit as follows; In Canada the current websites url is http://www.weather.gc.ca

Want to get your weather in the US? Go to http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

Weatheradio Canada webpage at http://www.ec.gc.ca/weatheradio

NOAA Weather Radio webpage at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

DX Info Centre at http://www.dxinfocentre.com/, to hear what Weather Radio sounds like before buying your first receiver, visit YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ or just use Google to watch or listen to Youtube video or audio.

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Newsletter is published four times a year. There is some seasonal information to notify recipients of additional weather information available to them that they may not know about (most of which can be found on the NOAA Watch web site http://www.noaawatch.gov/ ). At this site you can also subscribe to various weather feeds. The rest of the newsletter remains relatively unchanged due to outreach requirements. The current newsletter is available at the Noaa Weather Radio website http://www.weather.gov/nwr/news.htm. At this time, there is no newsletter mailing list to subscribe.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to e-mail answers@noaa.gov, here is the link to the answers website; http://findanswers.noaa.gov/noaa.answers/consumer/search.asp.

Yahoo Weatheradio Chatgroup, at

http://tech.Groups.yahoo.com/group/weatheradio/,

NOAA and Weatheradio Canada group on Facebook,

https://m.facebook.com/groups/weatheradio/

WXtoIMG at http://www.wxtoim.com/downloads/,

Digital Atmosphere at http://www.weathergraphics.com/da/

WebEx

http://www.freewebs.com/ve1jbl/canwarn.htm

NWS Taunton Amateur Radio SKYWARN Station home page at http://www.wx1box.org

The Maritime Amateur (Ham Radio for Maritimers by Maritimers) http://www.maritimeamateur.ca

VoIP Hurricane Prep Net – Saturday 9pm Atlantic Time / http://www.voipwx.net/

Phil Chadwicks blog at philtheforecaster.blogspot.com

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.

The Weather Center by Midland Radio Corporation

https://appsto.re/ca/9De3K.i

This app provides access to Midland Radio via social media and also provides weather forecast information and much more.

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.

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

Radar Eh – Canada radar & alerts app using Environment Canada radar data by Zhao Han

https://appsto.re/ca/pA09cb.i

Weather Nets On Ham Radio from Daryl Stout WX1DER

a) VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net — Meets at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific Time, on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Server…Echolink Node 7203, and IRLP Node 9219.

During the off-season hurricane months from December through May, the net meets on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month ONLY. During the Atlantic Hurricane Season, from June through November, the net meets WEEKLY, at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time.

Also, note that on the first Saturday of December, the net is ONE HOUR EARLIER…at 7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time. This is so at the conclusion of Skywarn Recognition Day, stations don’t have to wait for the net to occur.

Further details are at http://www.voipwx.net

b) Southeast US D-Star Weather Net — Meets at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, and 6pm Pacific, every Sunday night, on Reflector 2, Port A. The net also meets on the Southeast US D-Star Weather Net Ratflector on D-Rats.

Further details are at http://www.dstarinfo.com/se-d-star-wx-net.aspx

Lastly, stations can get a list of selected D-Star Nets during the week by sending an email to me at wx1der@gmail.com — and again, a list of selected Echolink Nets is at http://www.wx1der.com/elk.htm

Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Net Control for Southeast US D-Star Weather Net

Certified Skywarn Severe Storrrm Spotter

The official Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Twitter Account

https://mobile.twitter.com/wxrnewsletter

There are many reliable manufacturers and retailers of Weather Radios sold in Canada and the USA. Below is a list of the recommended models currently for sale. Note: This list of suggested weather radios is strictly for informational purposes, and not as an endorsement of any specific model or manufacturer.

Midland Radio Corporation http://www.Midlandradio.com WR-300, W-r100B, EH55VP, WR-120, HH54VP, HH54VP2, ER102, Er300, ER310, EH55VP, Nautico 3, WR-11 and WR-400 are all manufactured by Midland and sold in North America.

Oregon Scientific http://www2oregonscientific.com W-R601, W-R203 and W-R602 are currently sold in North America.

Uniden Corporation http://www.Uniden.com BC75XLT, BC95XLT, BC125AT, BC346XT, BCT15X, BCD996XT, Homepatrol, BC436HP, BC536HP and BCD396XT are currently sold in North America.

Sangean USA http://www.Sangean.com CL100, DT400,, DT500, MMR88, PR-D4W and PRD9W are manufactured by Sangean and currently sold in North America.

Reecom Electronics Inc

http://www.reecominc.com R-1630, R-1650, R-200 and R-500 are manufactured by Reecom and currently sold in North America.

Kaito Electronics Inc http://www.kaitousa.com/. KA500, KA101 and KA600 are currently sold in North America.

Alert Works http://www.alert-works.com/ Alert Works desktop model EAR-10 is currently sold in North America.

In Closing

If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you wish to submit an article, please email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @WxrNewsletter. Also, check out The Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1854305558188610/

I would like to give special thanks to those who made contributions to this latest issue as follows:

Daryl Stout WX1DER, Mark J. Szymanski, Marc-Antoine Chabot, Bob Robichaud VE1MBR, Midland Radio Corporation, Malcolm Kendal VE3BGD, Jim Langille VE1JBL, Gregory Zwicker, Phil Chadwick and Marc Fitkin for their help and contributions to the newsletter, among others.

Sincerely, Gord The Old Reliable.VA3WXA.

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SAME & 1050 Hz tone test reports for October 2018

Hi folks. This is the October 2018 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. As for what to report, all you have to do is report: the transmitter and its call sign and frequency, alert test and time. For example: Toronto XMJ225 (RWT) 11:54 AM local. You can send reports directly to me here in the comments or you can email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also contact me through the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group to report as well. Of course, if you are my friend or follow me on Facebook or Twitter you can report using direct messages as well. Of course, you will also receive credit in the next post for your reports too.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for October 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for October 3rd 2018

Halifax (XLK 473) (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:49 AM, (RMT) 12:18 PM, (1050 Hz tone) 12:01 PM ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 A.m, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 A.m. EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for October 10th 2018

Halifax (XLK 473) (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:47 AM ADT, St. Catharines VAD 320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report For October 17th 2018

Halifax (XLK 473) (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:48 AM ADT, St. Catharines VAD 320  162.475 MHz (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for October 24th 2018

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 12:11 PM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 12:13 PM EDT.

SAME Test report for October 31st 2018

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:53 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 12:34 PM EDT. Thanks Brian Rodgers for his reports from Halifax.

SAME And 1050 Hz Test Reports For September 2018

Hi folks. This is the September 2018 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. As for what to report, all you have to do is report: the transmitter and its call sign and frequency, alert test and time. For example: Toronto XMJ225 (RWT) 11:54 AM local. You can send reports directly to me here in the comments or you can email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also contact me through the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group to report as well. Of course, if you are my friend or follower on Facebook or Twitter you can report using direct messages as well. Of course, you will also receive credit in the next post for your reports too. Also, when you submit your reports to me, please leave the SAME header codes on the WX radios. They are difficult to decode because of all those letters and numbers. Not everyone has done this but there are people who forget that not everyone knows how to read them. The point of the newsletter and the blog is to put the information in plain language so everyone will understand it. If you wish to put it on a Facebook post, that’s fine but be sure that everyone can understand everything beint written. I have had to decode posts from some people, who forget that not everyone knows what a bunch of z’s mean, in decoding a weather alert. Perhaps I will probably have something about the codes in the next issue of the newsletter. Anyway, let’s get on with the SAME test reports. Shal we?

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for August 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for September 5th 2018

Halifax (XLK 473) (162.550 MHz.) (RWT) 11:49 AM ADT, (RMT) 12:18 PM ADT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for September 12th 2018

Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report For September 19th 2018

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 September 26th 2018

Halifax (XLK 473) (162.550 MHz.) (RWT) 11:48 AM ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Note: after months of being awol, St Catharines VAD 320 has returned on September 14th. It is on FTP, as it has allerted at the usual time it used to sound the weekly and monthly tests, along with the 1050 Hz tone. Also, thanks to Brian Rodgers for his reports from Halifax, when possible.

SAME and 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports for August 2018

Hi folks. This is the August 2018 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. As for what to report, all you have to do is report: the transmitter and its call sign and frequency, alert test and time. For example: Toronto XMJ225 (RWT) 11:54 AM local. You can send reports directly to me here in the comments or you can email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also contact me through the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group to report as well. Of course, if you are my friend or follower on Facebook or Twitter you can report using direct messages as well. Of course, you will also receive credit in the next post for your reports too.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for August 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for August 1st 2018

Halifax (XLK473) (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:49 AM ADT, (1050Hz tone) 12:00 PM, (RMT) 12:18 PM ADT,Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for August 8th 2018

Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report For August 15th 2018

Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for August 22nd 2018

Halifax XLK 473 (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:48 AM ADT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for August 29th 2018

Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

Thanks to Brian Rodgers for his reports on the Halifax WXR.

Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Issue 27

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Hello and welcome to the third issue of the newsletter for 2018. It is summer and I hope we are out and about having as much fun as we can, before the fall sets in. I will have some comments about things which have been happening on the Weatheradio Canada network and along with that, some things you may not know about the past and future voices.

We have a number of people who have retired or are retiring from Environment and Climate Change Canada, from when the last issue came out on May 1st. Etienne Gregoire is the current voice of the watchdog short cycle canned message and most WXR ID messages. I first heard him in August 1990 and he was also one of the main people replying to voice messages from listeners, who would call the number given in the broadcast. He of course, has also contributed to the newsletter and among his contributions is his report on Sandy in Issue 6.

Arnold Ashton also retired recently and was the lead meteorologist for ECCC before he left. He was also one of the voices who were on Weatheradio Canada, reading out the information on tape and I met him in 2008, when I first became CANWARN trained. He was impressed that I remembered a lot of the voices and names I heard back in the day.

Geoff Coulson has also contributed to the newsletter and managed the CANWARn operations in Ontario. I first talked to him in August 2006, when I reported that a 1050 Hz tone alert hadn’t gone out over the network. The reason was back then, if there were warningss or watches issued, the 1050 Hz tone wouldn’t sound for the monthly test on the first Wednesday of the month. Now that SAME is active with the RWT and RMT, there really isn’t a problem with alerts not sounding. Unless a glitch in the system has developed.

A lot of us know Geoff from his work with CANWARN and he has also been one of the voices on radio and TV, when severe weather is or has happened. Hopefully he may come out of retirement to continue work with CANWARN in Ontario. Actually, I have heard that it may be possible.

Finally, Denis Paquette will be missed the most. Without him and his support, this newsletter wouldn’t have even had a chance to be born. When he was the national manager for Weatheradio Canada, he was able to tell me a lot about how the system is controlled. He also is the reason why I file reports every week for both SAME and 1050 Hz tone tests since August 2012. Remember in the 4th issue? I had put it out there, that we needed help in reporting the weekly SAME test reports across Canada and a couple of you have responded and helped out when you were able.

I met him in July 2015 during the Pan’Am Games and we had lunch at a restaurant near Union Subway Station, which name escapes me. I think the word Fox was a part of the name but I do remember having a burger and fries, with a nice chocolate cake for dessert. That was also the first time I had heard the new english speaking voices for Weatheradio Canada, which had yet to be heard by others. We had this lunch in the works but it was just a matter of the timing and where we could go. I showed him how I do what I do and he was certainly impressed that I could navigate something with a touch screen. Here is a Youtube video with him reading out an ID for a WXR in Ontario. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSgWSE5TAPM

One thing about Denis and Arnold you may remember, if you have been on the mailing list from Issue 5 onward is that they both were guests on the Weather Radio net on ham radio. I may have further things to say about a possible return of the net but, I will leave that for later and by the time of the next issue, it may or may not be back. I will be posting on Facebook and tweeting something in the coming weeks.

I could say a lot more about those fine people I have mentioned but I don’t want to go on too long about them. I will say a big thank you to all of them, for any contributions they have made over the years to the development of the newsletter so far.

Unfortunately, we have a member of the email list who has passed on, in the past few weeks. Rick Michouicz is no longer with us and has died, aged 64. He is known to those of us in ham radio by his call signs VE3TYP and VE3US and would check into any net he could. He has also done a fine job as a net controller for various nets I have checked into, over my time as a ham. He was a part of the Mississauga Amateur Radio Club for a number of years and recently, moved to Sauble Beach and moved on to the Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club.

He didn’t contribute anything to the newsletter but, the fact that he asked to join the mailing list is good enough for me. He was great with me, even though we probably haven’t met in person but, I’m glad to have chatted with him, when he was around. RIP and thanks for being a part of the history and, 73 de VA3WXA.

Anyway, I hope you all are staying warm and weather-safe. Your continued support for the newsletter is very important and I thank all of you for becoming a part of it, at some time during its history. 🙂

Network Survey

Since mid May until around June 18, a select few WXR’s have been chosen to participate in the survey, about the network and as you probably guess, I made my voice heard. So did Weatheradio Canada, in that they used 2 new voices to announce it, along with the email address and phone number, in order to do so. In my case, I heard the announcement as I had returned home from a CANWARn session in Oakville and even though I knew the voices and that they were coming, I was surprised to hear them. For the record, the voices which we heard were Tom for enlish and Chantal for french, announcing the Survey and giving out the email address and phone number, respectively.

The only things I had mentioned are that when a watch or warning is issued, there is only the mention of the watch or warning and it moves on, to the next thing. There is no explanation as to why the warning has been issued and where the severe weather is, in relation to the warned area’s and what to do in the event of said severe weather. The same is true for advisories and I agree, we can read the entire text of all three levels of severe weather notification on the website and various weather apps but, not everybody has access to the Internet who listens to Weatheradio Canada. I was that guy a few years ago and For my part, I’m generally happy with how things are but I know that most people aren’t, with what they hear on Weatheradio Canada. They’re obviously people who do not like French on the network where English is spoken on the daily basis and I understand that. It was made clear in the last issue, when I allowed a member of the group to air out their frustration with french on the network where he hears english every day. The only thing I asked was for them to hurry up and get the new voice is on the air as soon as possible. Also, hopefully they can get the Full text of: watches, warnings and advisories on the network in both languages with the upgrade. Also, having both SAME and the 1050 Hz tone inside the message, (as apposed to them being separate) would be good. This would be especially so for warnings of all types, to turn on all alert radios so everyone would be aware that they should prepare for any type of severe weather, no matter what time of year it is. It would also keep VHF marine radios with a basic alert tone active throughout the year and radios which react to both SAME and the tone alert (Separately or together), like scanners and some models of Sangean WX radios.

As for the voices, I will talk about them in the next article and to finish this one off, thanks to all of you who have replied to both myself and the team who had conducted The survey. Unfortunately, it resulted in having to dismiss one person from the group because they did not approach it from the standpoint of Weatheradio Canada and that is all I am going to say about that. However, I do not appreciate hearing people calling french on Weatheradio Canada disgusting. As a volunteer, I do what I can to help them out and the rest of us or on the mailing list are mostly volunteers as well and should live up to that, including comments on the service. I understand the frustration that some people feel about how it sounds but, calling another language disgusting is inappropriate and hopefully, the people who receive this do not use that as part of the strategy to improve Weatheradio Canada, by simply removing French from the network because of those negative comments. Canada is a bilingual country and ever since 2002, French has been on the network in the broadcast cycle, but has been on the network longer than that during station identification messages. In fact, when I first listened there was a phone number given out in French, probably directing those who want to make comments about the network to it. Either way, French is here to stay and should be here to stay because of our status as a multi lingual country, with English and French being our two main languages. I hope I have made myself clear. 🙂

It’s All About The Voice

Okay, I’ve touched on this topic multiple times in the past few issues but, since the first hint of the new voices coming has been given I will dig a bit deeper into their history with Weatheradio Canada, as well as the new ones coming. I will even talk a bit about NOAA Weather Radio and it’s own voices over the years, to compare how similar the changes have occurred on both networks over the years.

As has been said in earlier issues, both Weatheradio Canada and NWR had been using forecasters to record the weather information on tape and it went out over the networks that way. Some time in the 90’s Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio both decided to switch from humans to computers. Since Computers could talk with the help of screen reading devices (marketed mostly toward the blind and visually impaired) why not? The problem was that in the case of NWR they first used a voice called Paul or Perfect Paul, who was far from perfect to many listeners ears and if I had known about it, I would have agreed but, what choices did they have? The idea behind having a computer read out the information to the listener is to free up time for the forecasters to concentrate on their job, which is to forecast both severe and non-severe weather. Plus, the NWR network was expanding so, there really was no choice but to use computerized voices. Thankfully, we had Tom and Donna, along with Javier, a spanish speaking voice who was on selected stations. Now NWR has Paul Jr, who has been around about as long as Tom and Donna and is available on most computers and scanner’s for the blind, in order for them to read printed material. There is also a new spanish speaking voice Violetta. She is probably used in the same locations as Javier, I’m guessing. As far as the NWR software goes, you can look up that history easily on the NWR website, in the links section of the newsletter. However, I do have one other thing to tell you about Paul Jr, Paul is a voice from Vocalware. Along with Julie and Kate, he is found on an OCR program called Krtzweil, founded and invented by Ray Krtzweil.

As a matter of interest, I was given a list of voices in 2011, which were thought to replace Tom, Donna and Javier. However, we obviously know which voices have replaced them, but I thought I would give you the list as I had it back then, from Gregery Zwicker.

Current NOAA Weather Radio voices:

• using Nuance Speechify

◦ Male (Tom)

◦ Female (Donna)

◦ Spanish Male (Javier)

Future NOAA Weather Radio voices:

• using AT&T Natural Voice

◦ Male (Mike)

◦ Female (Crystal)

◦ Spanish Male (Alberto)

◦ Spanish Female (Rosa)

In the case of Weatheradio Canada, it had a similar situation, when it came to the network expantion. However, the software used is an in-house product called AVIPADS or Automated Voice Integrated Production and Dissemination System. That was brought in during the latter half of the 90’s too and has been using StarCaster and it’s main voice Dr. Steve Eady, a linguist from Vancouver BC and a french voice who was an employee of Environment and Climate Change Canada and his name is Francois. Other voices were brought in, to read out the station ID messages from Weatheradio Canada’s inception to present day, with the exception of four years from 2003 to 2007, when the AVIPADS voices read out the ID messages. Human’s were brought back because of the frenchpronunciation of some letters of the alphabet such as X. For example: In callsigns such as XMJ 225. The humans have read out both ID and canned messages to this day, with the exception of the Survey, which was mentioned in the previous article.

This brings us to the new voices coming on board, hopefully some time this year. I for one am very excited about our new human sounding voice overlords and as a listener of Weatheradio Canada, I know them well. I will talk about them and where you can hear most of them. Before I do, I will get into where they came from originally, as much as I can dig deep into the history of these voices.

Ava, a voice used in vocalizer since 2013 was originally taken from what would appear to be the svox classic lineup of voices, namely a voice called Grace. Tom actually originated with speechify as a telecom voice as noteworthy by the voice heard on the weather radio for exactly 13 years.

The Two French voices didn’t appear to be very popular initially because they hadn’t been associated with vocalizer until 2013, when vocalizer, now owned by Nuance, changed pace with having bought out some of the other voice systems, namely loquendo. If you look at some of the voice names, Carlos, solidad, carman, Jorge, Diego, Fransiska, those voices, were part of the loquendo line up of voices. Now while the afformentioned are not related to weatheradio Canada, it’s surprising they are not using Susan. I will get more into that later on.

Tom is based on singer and guitarist Tom Glynn, who is from Boston and has released his own music and has had it in TV shows for example: Californication. He was the main voice for NWR up to 2016, along with Donna and I’ve mentioned them before in this article. He is, or was the voice of Kindle and apparently, is or was, a hard-core Kindle fan. https://www.engadget.com/amp/2009/03/03/the-engadget-interview-tom-glynn-the-voice-of-the-kindle-2/

You can also hear his voice (along with the other voices I will talk about here) on GPS systems in vehicles, along with other voices which are helpful in navigation.

Ava is a newer girl and she gets around as well. I have heard her predecessor, Grace and she was much more rigid and robotic sounding, with less of a personality. I don’t know who she is based on but, I like her. She is currently heard as a voice on the Continuous Marine Broadcasts on VHF frequencys in Canada, representing Canadian Coast Guard radio stations. If you’ve ever called telephone IVR systems, you may have heard her as well as tom giving you prompts or information. For example: if you live in Ontario and specifically, the GTHA and use Go Transit’s Interactive Voices Response phone system, Ava is now the voice you hear in english. She also can be heard on other related phone systems throughout Ontario too. You can recognize her as having a deeper voice but she still sounds friendly. Oh, if you have ridden on the Go Train lately, you can hear her there too, as she announces the stops. If you have also called Greyhound and their IVR phone system, you can hear her saying selected words, while a human says the rest of the preamble.

Unfortunately, I can’t talk about Chantal and Nicolas because they are french speaking voices and I haven’t heard them anywhere, except on Weatheradio Canada tests on Youtube and on my iPhone. Actually, Chantal is Ava’s french speaking counterpart on the Continuous Marine Broadcasts and I found that out recently, when someone had her trying to say words in english. I had no idea until someone phoned me to let me know about it and we listened together and sure enough, I heard it but decided not to report it. Besides, this would probably be fixed when the next round of forecasts were issued, as this mistake affected the short term marine forecasts.

Actually, all 4 voices I am talking about here, all are available for download on any current iPhone or iPad, in the accessibility settings, if you’re looking for speech. Unfortunately, Tom and Ava are bigger voice files but Chantal and Nicholas are relatively small. I am actually using Ava right now, to compose this article and well, why not?

This brings me to the differences between StarCaster and the new Nuance voices, which is what: Tom, Ava, Chantal and Nicolas are. With StarCaster, the words and phrases are straight words and phrases, without a bunch of chopping up and reforming meaningless words and phrases into something meaningful. Also, I’ve been told that each word or phrase costs money and that may explain why Weatheradio Canada sounds so basic these days.

In the case of Nuance, Voice actors are brought in to read words and phrases, which are unusually written. This is to create speech and manipulate it to the point of being synthesized. In fact, any voices you hear on computers, or smart phones, or tablets which sound human like today are in fact human beings who have recorded unusual combinations of words and phrases, which have been chopped up and the speech has been reformed into synthesized speech. A few issues ago, I provided a link to the video for Inside Nuance which talks about this process and shows an actress voicing herself, recording an unusual combination of words and phrases. Think about how Siri or Alexa speaks and consider that the voice actors or actresses called in to voice these products had to work from months, to get the right pitch and phrasing and just the right sound for the speech. So, a lot of thought went into who was chosen as the voices of these things which speak to us, and for us. Think about that while you’re riding in your car and your GPS tells you to turn left in 2 kilometers, or next time you ride public transit and the next stop is announced.

Earlier on, I had mentioned Ava and how she is the english speaking voice of the Continuous Marine Broadcasts and she has been for A few years now. Although, she hasn’t been on every single transmitter throughout Canada during this time. One complaint I heard again and again is that she sounds very muffled and unfortunately, that is partly because of the voice itself. It is quite Basey and Will probably need to be tweaked as far as equalizer goes. I don’t know how to do that but I’m sure that somebody can do the tweaking before she is rolled out across Canada on the network, with the other 3 voices. The problem with using a voice like Susan is that she would be the exact opposite, and that she would be high and tinny, with a lot of people complaining about her voice. That is what Ava will probably bring, if she isn’t tested before she is rolled out, with Tom and the 2 french voices.

In closing, here are some videos for you with two of the voices I have talked about here. One is with Steve Eady, demonstrating StarCaster Text To Speech and the other is an interview with Tom Glynn. As a bonus, I have also provided a link to a song by Tom, so you know what he sounds like when he sings and even his website. First of all, Steve Eady, who is everywhere, from: WXR Canada, ATIS, New York/Gander Volmet and Trenton Volmet if you listen to shortwave radio.

Now, here are the links to Tom Glynn.

https://tomglynn.com/music

🙂

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 page and the Yahoo Weatheradio Chat Group. You will find the link to both the Facebook and the Yahoo group 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 only include items with a definitive time stamp on them, from start to finish. That is in affect the whole point of this report, to give as conclusively as possible, dates and times when outages have begun and ended. However, I will start putting in outages with unknown start and end times, as honourable mentions.

Wednesday June 13th, Toronto XMJ225 went into watchdog at 8:46 PM, after the severe weather watches and warnings had ended for the listening area. The FTP had jammed at 5.45 PM and had been restarted after 9:00 PM the same evening.

July 1 and 3 Watchdog Events

On Sunday July 1st at 1:12 AM EDT, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog mode, during a real flurry of severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for most of Ontario and a heat warning, throughout one of the longest heat waves in a number of years. It came back on July 2nd at around 9:00 PM, before the next outage. Ontario was not the only province bitten by the watchdog bug, as the Atlantic region had also gone into watchdog mode, at the same time. Fore example: Halifax XLK 473 had gone into watchdog at 2:12 AM ADT. It also had come back around the same time as Ontario on July 2nd.

Tuesday July 3rd saw a comparatively short outage this time, for only Ontario. It had gone into watchdog at 12:15 PM and came back around 12:52 PM.

Saturday July 7th, Toronto XMJ 225 had gone into watchdog mode at 9:14 PM and had been restored at around 10:30 PM, the same evening.

Tuesday July 17, Toronto XMJ 225 had gone into watchdog mode, for only 3 minutes, a day after a whole slew of severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued throughout Ontario, over a number of days.

Friday July 20th, all of Ontario went into watchdog at 5:15 PM and came back an hour later. apparently, gremlins got into the system again.

Monday July 23rd at 2:15 AM Toronto XMJ 225 went into watchdog mode all by itself and came back around 7:10 AM the same day.

Honorable Mention

Note: any outage which does not have a definitive start or end time will be mentioned here in future issues.

On June 11 it was reported that both WXR’s in Sudbury and little current had gone off the air since sometime on June 7. There is been no follow up on that ever since and it is not known if it is back on the air. Thanks to Allan Boyd for the report.

🙂

THE CANWARN/SKYWARN REPORT

CANWARN (CANadian Weather Amateur Radio Network) is a volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who report severe weather and damage reports to Environment Canada when they see it. Weather reports from amateur radio operators help confirm on the ground what satellites and radars see in the atmosphere. The information gathered from CANWARN is also used to update and fine tune weather warnings, fill in gaps in current observing networks and is also valuable in forensic storm analysis. When Environment Canada issues severe weather watches or warnings, they may alert the CANWARN volunteer Net Controllers in the affected areas. The volunteer Net Controllers contact other CANWARN members on the amateur radio, tell them a watch or warning has been issued and ask them to report signs of approaching severe weather. In the US SKYWARN is the American counterpart to CANWARN in Canada and the purpose for it is exactly the same.

For this section of the newsletter, we will explore how different CANWARN and SKYWARN groups operate in their local region, from time to time. There may be some SKYWARN information from meteorologists in this issue and there will be some tips on how to report severe weather for both CANWARN and SKYWARN.

We may not agree with everything that is written here, but it is important to hear from others to see how different groups operate throughout North America.

CANWARN training in Ontario is done for this year and as I mentioned earlier, Geoff Coulson has retired after 30 plus years at ECCC. This year was my 10th year and I went to two sessions: May 5th at ECCC HQ and May 16th in Oakville. Thanks also to those who helped me get from home to the sessions and back home again.

As for SKYWARN training schedules, you can go to either of the following sites:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/

http://skywarn.org/

https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id#

http://spotterguides.us/

There are many links for you to look at on these sites. 🙂

SPOTTER REPORTING TIPS

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 hashtag #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.

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Where toPurchase Weather Radios

Weather Radios can be purchased at various electronics stores that specialize in radios and other equipment such as:

CB World at http://www.werecb.com/,

Universal Radio at http://www.universal-radio.com/,

Radiooorld at http://www.radioworld.ca/,

Burnaby Radio at http://www.burnabyradio.com/,

Ambient Weather at http://www.ambientweather.com/, and many more retailers throughout North America.

Best Buy, which caters more to General consumer Electronics such as, Smart phones, tablets, MP3 players etc. However, they also Carrie some Weather Radios, in both Canada and the US. http://www.bestbuy.com/ also in Canada http://m.bestbuy.ca/defaultpage.aspx?lang=en and if you want results from a search on Weather Radios, https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/Search/SearchResults.aspx?query=Weather+radio

Or, the free iOS app Best Buy Canada by Best Buy Canada Ltd

https://appsto.re/ca/_2iex.i

If you want more information about the app, check The developer website for more information. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/bestbuyapps.aspx

When planning to purchase your first Weather Radio, it is highly recommended to look for the Public Alert identification logo. 🙂

Weather Information on the Internet

Suggested weather sites to visit as follows; In Canada the current websites url is http://www.weather.gc.ca

Want to get your weather in the US? Go to http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

Weatheradio Canada webpage at http://www.ec.gc.ca/weatheradio

NOAA Weather Radio webpage at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

DX Info Centre at http://www.dxinfocentre.com/, to hear what Weather Radio sounds like before buying your first receiver, visit YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ or just use Google to watch or listen to Youtube video or audio.

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Newsletter is published four times a year. There is some seasonal information to notify recipients of additional weather information available to them that they may not know about (most of which can be found on the NOAA Watch web site http://www.noaawatch.gov/ ). At this site you can also subscribe to various weather feeds. The rest of the newsletter remains relatively unchanged due to outreach requirements. The current newsletter is available at the Noaa Weather Radio website http://www.weather.gov/nwr/news.htm. At this time, there is no newsletter mailing list to subscribe.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to e-mail answers@noaa.gov, here is the link to the answers website; http://findanswers.noaa.gov/noaa.answers/consumer/search.asp.

Yahoo Weatheradio Chatgroup, at

http://tech.Groups.yahoo.com/group/weatheradio/,

NOAA and Weatheradio Canada group on Facebook,

https://m.facebook.com/groups/weatheradio/

WXtoIMG at http://www.wxtoim.com/downloads/,

Digital Atmosphere at http://www.weathergraphics.com/da/

WebEx

http://www.freewebs.com/ve1jbl/canwarn.htm

NWS Taunton Amateur Radio SKYWARN Station home page at http://www.wx1box.org

The Maritime Amateur (Ham Radio for Maritimers by Maritimers) http://www.maritimeamateur.ca

VoIP Hurricane Prep Net – Saturday 9pm Atlantic Time / http://www.voipwx.net/

Phil Chadwicks blog at philtheforecaster.blogspot.com

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Weather or Weather Radio Apps

This is a newly constructed 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.

CanWeather2 by High5

https://appsto.re/ca/M0aK6.i

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.

The Weather Center by Midland Radio Corporation

https://appsto.re/ca/9De3K.i

This app provides access to Midland Radio via social media and also provides weather forecast information and much more.

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.

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

Radar Eh – Canada radar & alerts app using Environment Canada radar data by Zhao Han

https://appsto.re/ca/pA09cb.i

Weather Nets On Ham Radio from Daryl Stout WX1DER

a) VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net — Meets at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific Time, on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Server…Echolink Node 7203, and IRLP Node 9219.

During the off-season hurricane months from December through May, the net meets on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month ONLY. During the Atlantic Hurricane Season, from June through November, the net meets WEEKLY, at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time.

Also, note that on the first Saturday of December, the net is ONE HOUR EARLIER…at 7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time. This is so at the conclusion of Skywarn Recognition Day, stations don’t have to wait for the net to occur.

Further details are at http://www.voipwx.net

b) Southeast US D-Star Weather Net — Meets at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, and 6pm Pacific, every Sunday night, on Reflector 2, Port A. The net also meets on the Southeast US D-Star Weather Net Ratflector on D-Rats.

Further details are at http://www.dstarinfo.com/se-d-star-wx-net.aspx

Lastly, stations can get a list of selected D-Star Nets during the week by sending an email to me at wx1der@gmail.com — and again, a list of selected Echolink Nets is at http://www.wx1der.com/elk.htm

Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Net Control

VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net

Southeast US D-Star Weather Net

Certified Skywarn Severe Storrrm Spotter

The official Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Twitter Account

https://mobile.twitter.com/wxrnewsletter

There are many reliable manufacturers and retailers of Weather Radios sold in Canada and the USA. Below is a list of the recommended models currently for sale. Note: This list of suggested weather radios is strictly for informational purposes, and not as an endorsement of any specific model or manufacturer.

Midland Radio Corporation http://www.Midlandradio.com WR-300, W-r100B, EH55VP, WR-120, HH54VP, HH54VP2, ER102, Er300, ER310, EH55VP, Nautico 3, WR-11 and WR-400 are all manufactured by Midland and sold in North America.

Oregon Scientific http://www2oregonscientific.com W-R601, W-R203 and W-R602 are currently sold in North America.

Uniden Corporation http://www.Uniden.com BC75XLT, BC95XLT, BC125AT, BC346XT, BCT15X, BCD996XT, Homepatrol, BC436HP, BC536HP and BCD396XT are currently sold in North America.

Sangean USA http://www.Sangean.com CL100, DT400,, DT500, MMR88, PR-D4W and PRD9W are manufactured by Sangean and currently sold in North America.

Reecom Electronics Inc

http://www.reecominc.com R-1630, R-1650, R-200 and R-500 are manufactured by Reecom and currently sold in North America.

Kaito Electronics Inc http://www.kaitousa.com/. KA500, KA101 and KA600 are currently sold in North America.

Alert Works http://www.alert-works.com/ Alert Works desktop model EAR-10 is currently sold in North America.

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In Closing

If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you wish to submit an article, please email the author Gord at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com

blindgordie@gmail.com

or va3wxa@gmail.com. We also encourage you to visit http://www.qrz.com/db/va3wxa and you can also follow him on Twitter @WxrNewsletter @BlindGordie or @VA3WXA. Also, check out his blog at

http://blindgordieblog.wordpress.com

Also, check out The Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1854305558188610/

You can also contact him on Skype and his Skype name is blindgordie.

I would like to give special thanks to those who made contributions to this latest issue as follows:

Brandon Hennis K0USM, Daryl Stout WX1DER, Marc-Antoine Chabot, Bob Robichaud VE1MBR, Midland Radio Corporation, Malcolm Kendal VE3BGD, Jim Langille VE1JBL, Gregory Zwicker, Phil Chadwick, Geoff Coulson and Marc Fitkin for their help and contributions to the newsletter, among others.

Sincerely, Gord The Old Reliable.VA3WXA.

SAME And 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports For July 2018

Hi folks. This is the July 2018 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. As for what to report, all you have to do is report: the transmitter and its call sign and frequency, alert test and time. For example: Toronto XMJ225 (RWT) 11:54 AM local. You can send reports directly to me here in the comments or you can email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also contact me through the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group to report as well. Of course, if you are my friend or follower on Facebook or Twitter you can report using direct messages as well. Of course, you will also receive credit in the next post for your reports too.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for July 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for July 4th 2018

Halifax (XLK473) (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:50AM ADT, (1050Hz tone) 12:01 PM, (RMT) 12:18 PM ADT,Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for July 11th 2018

Winnipeg XLM538 162.55 MHz (RWT) 12.01 PM CDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test Report For July 18th 2018

Halifax (XLK473) (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:47AM ADT,Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

SAME Test report for July 25th 2018

Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EDT.

Thanks to Brian Rodgers for his reports on the Halifax WXR and Mark J. Szymanski for his report on Winnipeg.

SAME And 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports For June 2018

Hi folks. This is the June 2018 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. As for what to report, all you have to do is report: the transmitter and its call sign and frequency, alert test and time. For example: Toronto XMJ225 (RWT) 11:54 AM local. You can send reports directly to me here in the comments or you can email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also contact me through the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group to report as well. Of course, if you are my friend or follower on Facebook, Facebook Mesenger or Twitter you can report using direct messages as well. Of course, you will also receive credit in the next post for your reports too.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for June 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for June 6th 2018

Halifax XLK473, 162.550 MHz (RWT) 11:50 AM 1050Hz tone 12:01 PM (RMT) 12:18 PM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM local.

SAME Test report for June 13th 2018

Halifax XLK473, (162.550 MHZ) (RWT) 11:48 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test Report For June 20 2018

Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test report for June 27 2018

Halifax XLK473 162.550 MHz. (RWT) 11:47AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local, Winnipeg XLM538 162.55 MHz (RWT) 12.01 PM local.

Thanks to Brian Rodgers for his reports on the Halifax WXR and Mark J. Szymanski for the report on Winnipeg.

CANWARN 2018 Training Schedule 5

Folks, this spring’s training is now winding down. As a reminder, due to a staff crunch this summer, we won’t be travelling to the Northwest but plan on returning next year. Our last session will take place in Kingston on June 11th. Please note there has been a change in the venue. The session will no longer be held at the Calvin Park Library, it has been moved to the Sydenham St. United Church located at 82 Sydenham St. in Kingston. The start time is unchanged; the session will begin at 6:30 PM.

I would like to thank you all again for being a part of the CANWARN storm spotter program. Your timely and accurate reports of severe weather continue to play an important role in our severe weather Watch and Warning program.

June 11 – Kingston – 6:30 PM – Sydenham St. United Church, 82 Sydenham St. Kingston

Regards,

Geoff Coulson

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Meteorological Serviceof Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada

Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tel: 416 739-4466

 

Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes, Servicemétéorologique du Canada

Environnement et Changement climatique Canada / Gouvernementdu Canada

Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tél: 416 739-4466

SAME And 1050 Hz Tone Test Report For May 2018

Hi folks. This is the May 2018 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. As for what to report, all you have to do is report: the transmitter and its call sign and frequency, alert test and time. For example: Toronto XMJ225 (RWT) 11:54 AM local. You can send reports directly to me here in the comments or you can email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also contact me through the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook group or The Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter FB group to report as well. Of course, if you are my friend or follower on Facebook or Twitter you can report using direct messages as well. Of course, you will also receive credit in the next post for your reports too.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for May 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for May 2nd 2018

Halifax XLK473 (RWT) (SAME) 11:51AM,

(1050Hz tone) 12:01PM, (RMT) 12:18PM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM local.

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SAME Test report for May 9th 2018

Halifax XLK473 162.475 MHz, RWT 11:48 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test Report For May 16 2018

Halifax XLK473 162.475 MHz, RWT 11:48 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test report for May 23 2018

Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test report for May 30 2018

Toronto XMJ225 162.400 MHz went out at 12:41 PM local.

Thanks to Brian Rodgers for the reports from Halifax.

CANWARN Training Schedule 4

My thanks to the hundreds that have already attended CANWARN training sessions across southern Ontario. The session in Whitby for this evening has been sold out for some time, a testament to the interest in the program in that area and the promotion done by Durham Region staff. The Uxbridge session next week on May 8th now has an Eventbrite site for registration and you can find it below. In addition, a training session has been added for the afternoon of May 28 in Brampton, more details and the site to RSVP to can be found below.

My thanks also to one of our summer students who has diligently added all of the new members to the CANWARN database.

Due to a bit of a staff crunch this summer, there won’t be any training sessions in northwestern Ontario this year. However, we plan to be back to the Northwest next spring.

As mentioned in previous announcements, if you don’t find specific RSVP instructions at the venue you are interested in below then please RSVP to me at geoff.coulson@canada.ca
Please find following the list of the remaining training sessions.

May 5 – Toronto – 9 AM – Environment and Climate Change Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St
May 8 – Uxbridge – 7 PM – Uxbridge Arena and Recreation Centre – 291 Brock St. W, Uxbridge. RSVP to
at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/can-warn-storm-spotter-training-tickets-45029288815?aff=es2
May 9 – Kitchener-Waterloo – 7 PM – Forbes Room, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave. E, Waterloo
May 10 – Mallorytown – 6:30 PM – Mallorytown Community Hall, 76 County Road 5 South, Mallorytown
May 12 – Haliburton County/Irondale – 9:30 AM – Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre, 1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale.
RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-43941510240
May 14 – Iroquois – 6:30 PM – Iroquois Legion, 24 Dundas St., Iroquois
May 14 – Peterborough – 7 PM – Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club, 577 McDonnel Street
May 15 – Dufferin County/Orangeville – 7 PM – Dufferin County Courthouse, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville
May 15 – Ottawa – 6:30 PM – City of Ottawa Archives Building 100 Tallwood Drive
May 16 – Oakville – 7 PM – Glenorchy-Dakota Room, Halton Regional Headquarters, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
May 17 – Hamilton/Stoney Creek – 6:30 PM – Stoney Creek City Hall, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
May 22 – Essex County/Essex – 7 PM – Shaheen Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex – 60 Fairview Ave W, Essex
May 23 – Sudbury/Azilda – 6:30 PM – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda
May 24 – Temiskaming Shores/New Liskeard – 6:30 PM – Riverside Place, 55 Riverside Drive, New Liskeard
May 26 – Belleville – 9:30 AM – 3rd floor Conference Room, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville
May 28 – Brampton – 1 PM – Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton RSVP to http://www.brampton.ca/sites/Rose-Theatre/en/Events-And-Tickets/Pages/ShowDetails.aspx?ShowID=1382&ShowDate=05/28/2018
June 11 – Kingston – 6:30 PM – Calvin Park Public Library, 88 Wright Cr.

Geoff Coulson

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Meteorological Serviceof Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada

Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tel: 416 739-4466

 

Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes, Servicemétéorologique du Canada

Environnement et Changement climatique Canada / Gouvernementdu Canada

Geoff.coulson@canada.ca/ Tél: 416 739-4466