WEATHER RADIO LISTENERS NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 11 – MAY 10, 2014Welcome to the 11th issue of the newsletter. Please read on to see all the exciting articles in this new issue.

Hello, this is your friendly author Gord, welcoming you to the 11th issue of the newsletter. It is spring but it doesn’t really feel like it. Doesn’t it? Here in Southern Ontario we have been on a temperature roller coaster from almost summer-like temperatures back to temperatures you would experience at the end of winter. It’s a rather crazy year so far but hopefully when summer comes we will stabilize, somewhat.

In this issue and the last few, I have been inserting pieces on TV shows and pop culture icons because even they have dealt with Weather in their lives. Whether it is in a comedy bit, a plot device for an episode or a secondary character. I have continued this trend in this issue and in the next 2 because there have been songs written about weather events (i.e.-e) The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald and all the countless songs about enjoying summer that are staples on various radio formats. If you have any ideas on such songs and events, just email me and I will find somewhere to put them in future issues of the newsletter. I may even decide to take a stab at including the Woodstock festivals in: 1969, 1994 and 1999. The weather played a role in all 3 incarnations of the festival, in particular the very first one in 1969 and the almost infamous Woodstock 99.

As those of you who are hams are aware, I have discontinued the Weather Radio Net because of a lack of check ins during last fall and because of other circumstances which forced me to make the decision to remove this net from certain repeater systems. I won’t get into why this happened here because this is not the place to air out the dirty laundry.

Recently I was asked if I will be bringing the net back and I am thinking about it but I don’t want to bring it back if the result is the same as last fall. I wasn’t happy with it and that is one of the reasons I put it on hiatus for the time being. If the net is to come back, I would like to hear from my ham radio readers what time and day you would like it to be on. We may use the same system as before but I’m not sure yet. Just send me an email and I will consider all suggestions. If there isn’t a lot of responses from ham’s I will not restart the net and that will be it. I created it because I felt that Weather Radio wasn’t being discussed on ham radio enough and it was the vehicle for me to promote the newsletter too. I would like to revive it but it’s up to you if you want it back. It’s up to you, whether the net should be resurrected or declared dead.

One more thing I should mention, if you have any links to apps or anything to do with either weather or Weatheradio, feel free to send it along and I will put it in a future issue of the newsletter. Thank you all for your continued support and hopefully the newsletter can last for a long time.
As we all know from listening to the news, tornado season 2014 has started and in a two day event there were 28 lives lost in parts of the Southern US. For more on this, here is a link I got off Twitter.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/04/29/southern-tornado-swarm-astonishing-and-awful-visuals/?wpisrc=nl_buzz

Southern Tornado Swarm: Astonishing and Awful visuals

Through Saturday, 2014 tornado season had begun as the most sluggish on record with nary a fatality. But a switch abruptly turned on Sunday, and an estimated 28 lives have since been lost in two-day tornado outbreak: 17 Sunday, and 11 Monday. Storms in Mississippi at Sunset Monday (Stu Ostro) On Monday alone, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center received 82 tornado reports. Several of the tornadoes which touched down in Mississippi, Alabama and southern Tennessee were large and destructive.
WHATS NEW ?

There have been changes to some watches, warnings and alerts in Canada. Note – for the most part, these will be additional labels added, but still no extra content. Still waiting on the new system (AVIPAD’s 2) to add full text to speech so we can say the entire message. Right now, These will just be SAME encoded. Only Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings will tone for 1050Hz. The canned “significant weather bulletin” message in Ontario, will continue to be mentioned. As to the ATAD’s, only Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Warnings will be on the ATAD. For any other watch/warning, it will be included as a line at the start of the forecast.

Changes to Environment Canada’s Alerting System

Effective April 8th, 2014

In April 2014, Environment Canada changed its list of alert types, to more accurately describe the severity of different weather hazards. They include some name changes, type changes and two new Advisory bulletins, as described below.

Changes

New, as of April 2014 , Prior to April 2014, and After April 2014

Blowing Snow Warning, Blowing Snow Advisory

Fog Advisory

Wind Chill Warning Extreme Cold Warning

Weather Advisory

Freezing Drizzle Warning, Freezing Drizzle Advisory

Frost Warning, Frost Advisory
Various Heat Warnings/Advisories,

Heat WarningHere are the alert criteria for the new advisories:

Alert

Basic Criteria

Blowing Snow Advisory

Low visibilities in blowing snow expected for a significant duration – National except Nunavik threshold

Fog Advisory

Low visibilities in fog expected for a significant duration – National except Nunavik and Newfoundland

thresholds

Freezing Drizzle Advisory

Freezing Drizzle is expected for a significant duration. National except Nunavik threshold

Frost Advisory

Frost is expected. National except Nunavik threshold

Weather Advisory

An alert that can be used for any situation for which there is no other alert that effectively describes the conditions expected

Introduction of the Heat and Extreme Cold Warnings

Heat and Extreme Cold Warnings have also been introduced in conjunction with Health Canada. The Heat Warning replaces a series of regional heat, Humidex or heat and humidity alerts while the Extreme Cold Warning replaces the Wind Chill Warning. In addition, air temperatures have been included in the criteria for the Extreme Cold Warning, so that a temperature of -40 with light winds might now be enough to trigger an Extreme Cold Warning, when previously the lack of winds would not allow issuance of a Wind Chill Warning.

On April 21st EC sent a practice/demo that wasn’t alerted for a fog advisory


From the Midland Radio Newsletter

There is a new Weather Radio from Midland out. The ER300 is the next step up from the ER102, which has been around for a few years. The ER300 charges devices such as smart phones and tablets and features NOAA weather alerts and AM/FM radio tuning. In emergency situations, the SOS flashlight beacon can be activated and an ultrasonic dog whistle may assist search and rescue teams in locating individuals.

To learn more about this new Weather Radio, you can click the following link. https://midlandusa.com/weather-radios/product/er300-emergency-crank-digital-weather-alert-radio/

Weather Alerts on the GoTry the Weather Center App for Free

The recently released Midland app, called The Weather Center, provides many benefits of a traditional weather radio in a mobile device. The app leverages onboard capabilities of smartphones to provide unique life-saving information to users in the form of alerts, audio, interactive mapping and more. It is an excellent addition to having a weather alert radio in your home, so you can stay constantly aware of potential severe weather.Download the app to:Track storms with interactive satellite and radar maps.

Access current conditions and your local forecast anytime.

Watch instructional videos for programming your Midland weather radio.

Connect with Midland through social media for special deals and information on new product releases.

Get the app now: For Android Users For iOS Users.
FAMILY GUY

You may ask yourself, are you really going to try and talk about a show in this newsletter about: a bumbling middle-class blue-collar worker, (Peter Griffin ) a housewife who is also a piano teacher, (Lois Griffin ) a psychopathic baby who speaks with an upper-class English accent, (Stewie Griffin) an Anthropomorphic dog named Brian, an awkward teenage daughter (Meg Griffin ) and a moronic teenage son named Chris? The answer is yes because despite how goofy and at times racy, Family Guy can be; there is a hint of weather in the show. Yes, even Seth MacFarlane has inserted weather into Family Guy, as I will try to explain here.

The Simpsons has Channel 6 News in its universal town of Springfield. While Family Guy has Quahog 5 News in its own universal town of Quahog Rhode Island. Their Weather Forecast weatherman is Ollie Williams and they have a weather mime named Greg the Weather Mime. For more on the news team, check this link out. http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Quahog_5_News

On an unrelated note, if you are a fan and you thought they had killed off Brian for good well, he’s back. Seth MacFarlane went on Twitter when Brian came back and said “you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be f***** high.” Brian is of course, the family dog and is voice by Seth in his own speaking voice. All his other character’s he voices are ones he created for them. My personal favourites are: Peter and Stewie. They remind me of certain character’s on The Simpsons because of the voice and not necessarily their appearances. For more on Family Guy here is a good site to get introduced to the show. http://familyguy.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page and here is the Wikipedia page on the show too.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Guy
THE SIMPSONS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

This year is the 25th anniversary of the TV show The Simpsons. Since they have inserted weather into some episodes as a plot device, I have decided to spotlight the relevant episodes in the next 3 issues of this newsletter. Besides the fact that I am a huge fan of the show, I think it is good to talk about each of these episodes because, while it is satirical in nature it discusses something that: people, animals and inanimate objects have to deal with every day of their lives.

THE SIMPSONS 2013 SPRINGFIELD TORNADO

It’s that time of year, the weather turns nasty in the afternoons, due to daytime heating and thunderstorms developing. Sometimes they can produce tornados. In the ninth issue of the newsletter when I spotlighted The Simpsons, one of the things I mentioned was a tornado which occurred in a recent episode in season 24. Here is a link to the events discussion.

http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/2013_Springfield_Tornado

In the episode the Simpsons family are playing a board game, while an intense thunderstorm is rumbling outside. Lisa yells “twister” and Bart misconstrues this for her wanting to play the game and Lisa says “no, outside the house.” The family dog gets sucked up and Lenny and Karl show up as storm chasers in a van, with an antenna which is ducked taped to the roof.

Lenny says the tornado is listed as an F3 on the Fujita scale, moving westerly. Homer insists on going to get the dog with Lenny and Karl. Marge insists coming along so nobody does anything stupid.

Homer and Marge leave the kids at home and go to find the dog. At some point Karl is sucked up because they get too close to the tornado and it wrecks the car. Even Nelson the bully rides the tornado while he does his signature laugh “ha-ha.” During the event Homer and Marge have been sucked up and are trapped while Springfield National Bank has fallen on them. Police Chief Wiggum tries to break the glass door by shooting it but fails. They are set free by a glass cutter and they return home and tell the kids all about it.There is more to this episode but that was just the weather portion of it. For the record, this episode is called The Changing Of The Guardian and it was aired during the winter of 2013, as a part of Season 24. It is available on iTunes, along with Seasons: 25, 23, 22, 21, and 20 and the first 3 seasons. I will be spotlighting other previous weather events in the show in the next couple of issues of the newsletter, because despite the show being an adult animation satirical show, it does discuss weighty and relevant issues which affect all of us every day, including the weather.
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 Meteorological Service Of Canada at ECWeather-Meteo@ec.gc.ca, or email the National Weatheradio Canada Team at Wxradio@ec.gc.ca. You can also go on the web at http://www.ec.gc.ca/weatheradio.

Wednesday February 12th at 12:16 P.M, St Catharine’s VAD320 has gone into watchdog mode. It was restored around 12:25 P.M. the same day. This has obviously disrupted the weekly SAME test for this station. However, it did happen. See below.

On Wednesday March 5th, the US National Weather Service Tulsa Oklahoma NOAA WX radio KIH-27 has been experiencing intermittent audio degradation. The phone lines that carry the signal appear to be the source of the issue. All technicians that are required to resolve the problem are working as fast as possible to restore full audio quality. It seems to have been fully restored because the author checked it out on the NOAA Weather Radio app on his IPhone.

Monday March 10th, the Toronto WXR XMJ225 has gone into watchdog mode, after a few hours of a short cycle. This consisted of the ID and the phrase “current marine reports” in both English and French. It came back on Tuesday March 11th at 7:34 A.M. A full reset was performed so any empty bins will not be filled, until new data comes in. This goes for the watch warning bulletins.

March 29th I received the following email about a possible problem with one of the WXR’s out west. This email was composed on March 17th and I thank the Weatheradio Yahoo chat group for allowing it to be posted.

Seems like the station in Regina, SK is having some trouble. There is carrier broadcasting but the automation is not playing back anything. I notice it dropped out sometime last week as well, but came back. I think this is XLM537. I don’t know what happened after that.

Just to follow up on XLM537 – Back in March there were a couple of hick-ups with the audio. The station was broadcasting carrier, but the automated voice system wasn’t playing back any audio. Both times the outage seemed short as the next day when I checked it was back up and running. This was the first time I had ever noticed an issue with the station – It’s usually very reliable.

On April 20th at 8:40 AM, it was reported that the US National Weather Service Jackson Mississippi NOAA Weather Radio station KIH38, broadcasting from Jackson, MS on a frequency of 162.400 MHz, is experiencing intermittent broadcast outages this morning.. Technicians are aware and are working on the issue. It has returned to normal as of Monday April 21th, according to the author, who checked it out on his NOAA Weather Radio App.

On Friday April 25 it was reported that something was out of sorts on Weatheradio Canada in Ontario. This is from Len Wiltenburg courtesy of the Yahoo Weather Radio chat group.

I was listening to the Oil Springs repeater and noticed some really odd times on the forecasts and observations. One of the forecasts was for April 12 and one was for April 23. It probably needs some attention.

As for the problem, we’re not sure what became of it but this affects both the Sarnia Ontario XJV294 162.400 MHZ and Windsor Ontario WXR VAZ533 162.475 MHz, as they are both still repeater stations to each other at this time.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY SAME/1050 TONE ALERT TEST REPORT

The following are reports from listeners on the weekly (rwt), monthly (rmt) SAME tests sent to each site in Canada. However, it is not complete so we need you to send your reports to the author as well as Wxradio@ec.gc.ca. Remember, the 1050Hz Tone test and SAME Required Monthly Test is performed on the first Wednesday of each month just before noon local time. The SAME Required Weekly Test is performed every Wednesday around 11:50 local time.

Date Call Sign Tx Frequency (MHz) Name alphanumeric or basic tone alert test alarm time

Wednesday February 5th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:53 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE)11:59 AM local.

Wednesday February 12th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 12:44 P.M. because of pending brief watchdog event above, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Wednesday February 19th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Wednesday February 26th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Wednesday March 5th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz. tone)11:59 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 Hz. tone)11:59 AM local.

Wednesday March 12th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local.

Wednesday March 19th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Wednesday March 26, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:55 AM local.

Wednesday April 2nd 2014, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz. tone alert) 11:59 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 Hz. tone alert) 11:59 AM local.

Wednesday April 9th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Wednesday April 16th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225

 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Wednesday April 23rd, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Wednesday April 30, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local.
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. There is some SKYWARN information from meteorologists in this issue and 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.
From Geoff Coulson – Warning Preparedness Meteorologist for Environment Canada in Ontario
Folks, spring weather has made inroads in Ontario (aside from recent snowfalls). We experienced our first damaging thunderstorms of the year on the evening of Saturday, April 12 in the Chatham-Kent area where downbursts caused some tree damage and power outages. Thanks to all of you who have already responded for a session near you. For those of you, who haven’t already contacted me to provide me with the session you intend to participate in, please RSVP me at geoff.coulson@ec.gc.ca.

I’ve completed my first 4 sessions (Windsor, Sarnia, London and Hamilton) and Peter Kimbell did Ottawa on April 26th, which was held in Hamilton on the same day. Response has been very good so far with about 80 in Windsor, 110 in Sarnia, 150 in London and about 75 in Hamilton. The Sarnia crowd was the biggest I have seen in that venue in the 10 years I’ve been with the program. We held it for the first time at the Sarnia Yacht Club and had a number of Yacht Club members in attendance. Early RSVPs from the upcoming venues also indicate good turnouts ahead.

Lastly, if you are an amateur radio operator and know of any repeaters that are used in your area for CANWARN weather events, please email Ward Kennedy (ve3wgk@hotmail.com) with the frequency, known PL tone and call sign. The following are a list of dates I have available at this time for CANWARN sessions in Ontario.

May 1 – 7 PM – Huron County – Bayfield Community Centre, Municipality of Bluewater, 4 Jane Street, Bayfield

May 3 – 9 AM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters,4905 Dufferin St, Toronto

May 7 – 7 PM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters,4905 Dufferin St, Toronto

May 10 – 9 AM – Cornwall – OPG St. Lawrence Power Visitor Centre –2500B 2nd St. W, Cornwall

May 13 – 7 PM – Dufferin County – Amaranth-East Garafraxa Town Hall – 374028 6th Line Amaranth

May 15 – 7 PM – Kitchener – Bingemans Conference Centre – 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener

May 21 – 7 PM – Niagara Region/Thorold – Thorold Fire Station #2, 701 Allanburg Road, Thorold

May 21 – 6:30 PM – Renfrew – Best Western, 760 Gibbons Road, Renfrew

May 22 – 7 PM – Peterborough – Peterborough Public Library – 345 Aylmer St. North, Peterborough

May 24 – 9 AM – Orillia/Rama – Rama Fire Hall – 7454 Willams Road, Rama

May 31 – 9 AM – Sudbury – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda.

May 31 – 9:30 AM – Belleville – Belleville Library Upper Floor Conference Room – 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

June 1- 1 PM – Espanola – Pinewood Inn, 378 Centre St.

June 2 – 7 PM – Sault Ste. Marie – Delta Sault Ste. Marie, 208 St. Mary’s Drive

June 3 – 7 PM – Timmins – Holiday Inn, 30 Algonquin Blvd West.

June 4 – 6:30 PM – Temiskaming Shores – College Boreal, route 118, New Liskeard.

June 5 – 6:30 PM – North Bay – OPP Regional Headquarters – Cathy Burns Training Room, 911A Gormanville Road

June 9 – 7 PM – Thunder Bay – McIntyre Building Room 274, Red Rock Drive, Confederation College, Thunder Bay

June 10 – 7 PM – Atikokan – Venue to be determined

June 11 – 7 PM – Fort Frances/Emo – Emo-Lavallee Community Centre 78 Colonization Road, Emo

June 12 – 1 PM – Kenora – Red Cross Offices – 1008 Ottawa St. Keewatin

June 12 – 7 PM – Kenora – Red Cross Offices – 1008 Ottawa St. Keewatin

June 13 – 7 PM – Dryden – Dryden Fire Services Training Room -189 Colonization Ave S Frontenac County – To be determined

Geoff Coulson

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist |

Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes

Ontario Region Client Services |

Service à la clientèle, Région de l’Ontario

Environment Canada | Environnement Canada

Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada

4905 Dufferin St | 4905 rue Dufferin

Toronto, ON M3H 5T4

Geoff.Coulson@ec.gc.ca

Telephone | Téléphone 416-739-4466

Facsimile | Télécopieur 416-739-4603

Website | Site Webwww.weather.gc.ca

As for CANWARN outside of Ontario, I assume it is happening again this year but I haven’t received any emails from the appropriate people involved at this time. If there is a session coming up in your part of Canada, please let me know so I can put it into an issue of the newsletter, in a timely manner.

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 banked full — 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 to Purchase Weather Radios

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

BML Communications at http://www.bml.ca/,

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

Universal Radio athttp://www.universal-radio.com/,

Durham Radio at http://www.durhamradio.com/,

Radio World at http://www.radioworld.ca/,

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

Ambient Weather at http://www.ambientweather.com/

Weather Radio Store at http://www.Weatherradiostore.com/, and many more retailers throughout North America.

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 visit 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/,

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,

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
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 W-r300, W-r100B, W-R120, HH54VP, HH54VP2, ER102, Nautico 3 and W-R11 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, and BCD396XT are currently sold in North America.

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

Reecom Electronics Inc http://www.reecominc.com R-1630 and R-1650 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

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Sincerely, Gord The Old Reliable. VA3WXA

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