Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Issue 26

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Hello again and welcome to the second issue for 2018. It is spring and I hope we are all enjoying it as much as possible, despite it not feeling like it in some parts of North America, for the majority of the season up to now. After all, Ontario has been through a mid April ice storm, which rivals the 2013 storm. I remember that one and an event in April 2003, while Toronto was also going through the SARS outbreak. Remember? Most big-name performers stayed away from Toronto for fear of contracting the disease but, some decided to ignore it and came to play live for the fans. On the weather front, it was rather wintry for a few days in April and it quickly warmed up to summery temperatures, before dropping to near the freezing mark. I could go on and on about what I remember about it but that would make this issue rather massive. I will say that as of today, it is much more springlike than it was during mid April of 2018.

This is a year of challenge and change for the newsletter and for people on the mailing list or who are a part of the Facebook group. We lost a budding listener whom I went to school with on April 4th and her name was Michelle White. We went to the same school for 5 years untill she graduated in 1990 and after 23 years, we reconnected on Facebook, through one of the groups involving the school. For the record, the school we both went to is the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford Ontario. We talked on the phone and on Skype as wellas texting back and forth and at one point, I gave her the phone number for the weather for Hamilton. Unfortunately, that was as far as I would get with her, other than adding her to both the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada and the Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Facebook groups. I had hoped to get her a WX radio which was strong enough to hear either the Toronto or St Catharines WXR’s because Hamilton is in a bad area for WXR coverage.

She passed away too young, aged 46. She left behind: furry and feathered friends, her husband Jim, grandkids, her mom and dad, a few Facebook groups she was a part of and of course, the rest of her family and friends including myself. I always enjoyed making her laugh because we liked the same TV show and I’m so happy that I helped her get more detailed weather, then she could get on the radio or TV, audibly.

Another notable death to mention is physicist Stephen Hawking, who obviously has no connection with Weather Radio but if it wasn’t for his computerized voice he was given, there wouldn’t have been as easy a choice for both NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada to make, to use a computerized or human like voice on both networks to replace humans reading out the information for so many stations. After all, both Stephen Hawking and Perfect Paul used a DECtalk voice, which was different from each other but had the same concatenate of qualities and the speech pacing and controlled pitch. Just go on YouTube and look for a sample of either Stephen Hawking or Perfect Paul and you will understand what I mean. Also, take a listen to newer voices, based on live people like Samantha, who is based on Susan Bennett (the original American voice of Siri) or Karen (the Australian voice of Siri based on Australian New York-based public speaker and musician Karyn Jacobson). I will even throw in John Briggs, whose voice was used for Daniel who speaks with a British accent. There are many more voices of living people we here today on: iOS devices, train and bus station PA systems, automated phone lines, Alexa, Kindle and yes, even weather Radio. I know, I’ve mentioned this before but it’s always worth repeating, especially with the new voice is coming to Weatheradio Canada in the next few months. Even with Paul Jr. on NOAA Weather Radio in 2016, all of it can be traced back to The popularity of Stephen Hawking and his voice.

On that note, there are also children who use his voice or a similar child variant of it, because of their own inability to speak. Of course, Weather Radio started using computer voices because of the networks expanding and it being too much work, for one or two people to read out the information over the air for more than one transmitter. After all, they also have to talk to the media too. Anyway, RIP Stephen Hawking and thanks for the voice.

Another sad loss is the loss of one of the stores which have been featured in the links section of the newsletter. Here is the announcement from the website.

“We regret to inform you that Durham Radio Sales & Service Inc. after nearly a 25 years in the industry – closed its doors forever at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 14th. We would like to thank our dedicated staff, loyal customers and friends for your continued support and for many great years in this hobby. Unfortunately, times have changed and it has become impossible to remain competitive in this industry without making drastic changes to our business model. We have decided that it would be better to close the business rather than change the products we carry and reduce customer service.”

“If you need product support please contact the manufacturer.”

There is more to it but I wanted to give the basics of the announcement here! This is a sad loss for me in that I purchased some of the radios I have talked about over the years in this newsletter and I even talked about the store, giving it its own article in 2013.

This was a real shock, not unlike when I heard about Michelle passing away and we now have one less store to pick from, to purchase WX radios. RIP both Michelle and Durham Radio. Frown

Other than that, not much else to talk about since the last issue. 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. 🙂

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Comments From Readers

There have been a few people who have had a problem with both english and french languages on Weatheradio Canada and this is another one, in the bunch.

Weather Radio comments and issues.

I have a rant about the weather radio service especially in the Toronto and area. Every time I turn on the weather radio, it is 99.5% of the time in FRENCH for a very long time before going English. Nobody that I know around here speaks or understands French. It seems like it is in French for hours and a few seconds in ENGLISH. So, I miss the part I can understand. Most of the time I only have a few minutes to spare to listen to the broadcast but every time it always is in French, so I shut off the radio as I know I will miss the English part 90% of the time.

This is soooo frustrating as a few years ago it was ALWAYS in English here and in French up in northern Ontario which is probably proper and most accepted. Why can we not have an English broadcast straight for 30 minutes ( at least) and have a token French repeat ONCE every 30 minutes (or more) to be fair to the majority of listeners in the GTHA and south eastern/western Ontario.

I’m sure all or most French speaking people around here do understand English very well ! I do change frequency to the Buffalo NY NOA broadcast (always English 24/7) when able to receive it when I get French first or shut off the radio and look out at the sky for my own weather guess. This is so annoying to me. Sorry for the rant but I’m sure many others would agree.

Hey Environment Canada, bring back the way it was. I have 3 languages to deal with as it is without adding French which I fail miserably. I don’t use the phone for weather as I have a radio to get instant weather reports on demand if I can understand the language or Buffalo NOA when in range. The phone defeats the purpose of having the radio. The weather radio is not my form of entertainment but a useful tool for weather knowledge and reporting. When you want or NEED weather radio, one should not have to wait 15 minutes of a language one cannot understand and in traffic while driving, a bad distraction and will miss the English part and thus do it over again, very frustrating. Just like an annoying commercial on the broadcast radio, one changes the channel or shuts the radio off.

Sorry for venting but it really bugs me!  lol

Alex Szkabarnicki (Canwarn Trained)

VA3CKI / VE3AWS

As the author of the newsletter and a loyal volunteer of Weatheradio Canada, I see both sides of this argument. At first, I had a problem with it because I don’t speak french as my first language but I at least remember my numbers and some words like: Bonjour, météó and directions like nord, sud, est and oest. As I have mentioned before, I sleep with it on and so, I have regained some of my frenchh back by listening to it. It isn’t my entertainment eithr but I like to have it on, so I am not surprised by a sudden alert. If one wakes me up, so be it!

This is not the only comment I have heard against french on Weatheradio Canada in Southern Ontario but I don’t think this will change any time soon, even with the new voices coming. If you think the french you hear currently is hard to understand, wait untill you hear Nicolas. If you have an iOS device and have downloaded any of the new voices in either language, you will hear what I am talking about. Maybe even I will complain but I know enough words to sortof understand what is being said in french so, I will just wait and see what it will sound like. 🙂

Weather Radio Terminology

The following is a list of terms used about Weather Radio in both Canada and the US and will hopefully, demystify your radio.

SAME:

Specific Area Message Encoding:

A method of alert localization,

WXR:

Weather Radio transmitter,

All Counties:

The All Counties setting allows you to receive SAME alerts from anycounties within the listening area of your local WXR,

Any Counties

The same as All Counties,

Basic Tone Alert

A WX radio with only the abbility to alert using the 1050 Hz tone for short fuze warnings or alerts which only require it,

CLC code

Canadian Location Code::

A six digit code representing the local area in which alerts will open up your WX radio,

FIPS Code:

Federal Industry Processing Standerds:

Same as CLC Code in Canada,

Watchdog:

An indication to Weatheradio Canada listeners that there has been no new data after 3 hours and a “stay alive message” is sent out,

Stay Alive Message:

A message stating that a WXR is going through technical difficulties and can not broadcast weather information at this time,

Avipads:

The software used by Weatheradio Canada to disseminate weather information from the Internet over the network. 🙂

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.

I am happy to say that we don’t have anything to report for this issue, except for this one below!

Weatheradio Canada station XLK 473 in Halifax, Nova Scotia went off the air at 2:12AM ADT. Station is playing a recorded message. SAME and 1050Hz tone received.

Weatheradio Canada station XLK 473 came back on air at 11:01PM ADT, and is now broadcasting weather information. Outage time almost 8 hours.

The same WXR went back into watchdog on Friday April 27th at around 8:15 PM and wasn’t restored untill Monday April 30th, when it was restored some time in the morning. Actually, the entire Atlant region went down and that is why the Halifax WXR came back when it did the first time and possibly the second outage. 🙂

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 plugging along and for more, check out other posts on the website, with training schedules. If you wish to attend one in Ontario, just rsvp as instructed for the session you wish to attend. I plan to go to those in the GTA, which are available to anyone to attend. As for the rest of Canada, I would like some help with promoting CANWARN and especially, in Atlantic Canada. If any meteorologists reading this can please send me an email with the current training schedules in your area, I would really appreciate it. Many thanks in advance for the author.

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/,

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/, 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:

Alex Szkabarnicki, Brian Rodgers, Daryl Stout WX1DER, Marc-Antoine Chabot, Bob Robichaud VE1MBR, Midland Radio Corporation, Dennis T. Paganin VA3DTP (our faithful web master and Co-Editor), 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.

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Monthly SAME and 1050 Hz Test Reports For April 2018

Hi folks. This is the April 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 April 4 2018

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 April 11th 2018

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

SAME Test Report For April 18thst 2018

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

SAME Test report for April 25 2018

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

CANWARN Training Notice 3

Folks, the first training session was successfully done in Sarnia last Thursday. There was a good crowd of around 70 in attendance. There have been a number of changes/additions to the remaining training schedule and all of the details can be found below. To point out these changes here is a quick rundown. A training session has been added in Innerkip in Oxford County on April 24th. An Eventbrite registration site is now in place for those interested in the session in Stratford on April 30th. The session in Whitby on May 3rd will now take place starting at 7:30 PM not 7 PM as originally noted. In addition, there is specific registration information for this session now available. The session originally scheduled for Markham on May 8th will now take place in Uxbridge. The session in Kingston originally scheduled for May 15 will now take place on June 11. A session has been added in the Ottawa area on May 15.

As mentioned previously, 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

April 10 – Grey County/Owen Sound – 6:30 PM – Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-42246874539
April 18 – London – 7 PM – Room T1003, Building T, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London
April 23 – Simcoe County/Midhurst – 7 PM – County of Simcoe Admin Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst. RSVP to https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search/82
April 24 – Oxford County/Innerkip – 7 PM – Innerkip Community Centre, 695566 17th line, Innerkip
April 25 – Huron County/Clinton – 7 PM – Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert St, Clinton
April 26 – Niagara Region/Thorold – 7 PM – Niagara Region Headquarters, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
April 30 – Perth County/Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro St, Stratford RSVP to : https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-severe-weather-training-tickets-42949852164
May 3 – Durham Region/Whitby – 7:30 PM – Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre St S, Whitby…course available to Whitby residents only initially. RSVP to http://durhamstormspotter.eventbrite.com or by calling 1-800-372-1102 ext. 2792
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
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
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

SAME and 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports for March 2018

Hi folks. This is the March 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 March 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for March 7 2018

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) is in watchdog mode, 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 March 14th 2018

St. Catharines VAD 320  162.475 MHz (RWT) should have been 11:52 AM local. However, it was still in watchdog mode, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test Report For March 21st 2018

St. Catharines VAD 320  162.475 MHz (RWT) was supposed to be 11:52 AM local. But, it was still in watchdog mode, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test report for March 28 2018

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) usually 11:52 AM local but it is still in watchdog, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Weather Alerts In Canada Via Smart Phones

This is a brief post on weather alerts coming to Canadians, through smart phones. Since 2015, Canada has had the worst of the worst of the weather alerts and Amber Alerts going over our radio and TV, with a very distinct sound and a human type of synthesized voice, explaining the alert and what to do if and when it occurs. There have also been tests done from time to time, with the same sound and voice, stating that it is a test and so on.

Now in 2018, Canada will be made more addicted to our phones with wether alerts coming on April 6th but, it will only be the worst of the worst of them so, it will be a slow enabling but, this will undoubtedly alarm some people at first. In some cases, the warnings being issued will be redundant because there are applications which allow for weather alerts to be sent out through push notifications. As the author of this newsletter and blog, I have some which I have obtained and purchased for myself, to serve as a back-up to my WX radio, if it has a problem or I am not able to take it with me. Or, if I want to get the latest information before I hear it on the network, such as the latest local forecast or watches and warnings.

This could also present a problem with both weather applications and the new automatic alerts being pushed to our phones, with a possible delay in them being received. I have had this problem with a weather app which I rely on for this purpose and the delay could be critical in the saving of lives such as our own and others around us. Some people may be asking what if we are not connected to a wi-Fi or cellular network, allowing for Internet use? Not everyone has a lot of data on their phones they can use and they may have to be careful not to go over it. I’ve had this problem before and this could just push someone over the edge of their data limit. To answer the data question, I’ve been told that not only will we receive the sound of the alarm but we will receive a free text message with the text of the alerts. This should alleviate the problem of using data although, it might require cellular data to be turned on, in order to receive both the alarm and the text message.

Apparently, there has been some misinformation floating around, about the type of alerts that are currently issued and will be issued to our phones. For example: companies like Bell are making a false claim that Alert Ready is government owned, and they issue government alerts like Flash Flood. Environment and Climate Change Canada does not issue any sort of Flood Watch or Warning. However, that may change in the coming years but at this time, they do not issue flood watches or flood warnings in Canada.

One thing is clear though, you cannot opt out of it. If you have a newer smart phone which is one or two years old, you are getting the alerts no matter what. This has been planned since last April and will of course, come to fruition on Friday, April 6. There will be kinks in the service which will be ironed out over time, much like when Canadians start receiving alerts over radio and TV back in 2thousand15. As for how this will affect weather alert apps, that also remains to be seen but, because only the worst of the worst of the alerts will be issued, The app sellers and custodians shouldn’t be afraid of alerts being issued to our smart phones.

CANWARN training schedule 2

Folks, please find following the updated list of CANWARN training sessions for this spring. The following changes and additions have been made…there is now a website to register for the session in Midhurst in Simcoe County on April 23rd provided by the County. The session in Essex County has been confirmed. It will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd in the Town of Essex at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The session in Durham Region has been confirmed for May 3rd in Whitby. As this session is being organized by Durham Region, they have asked that it initially be open only to residents of Whitby. The registration will be opened more widely depending on the initial response. Sessions have also now been confirmed for Mallorytown, Iroquois and Kingston. The venue for the Kingston session will be confirmed shortly.

As noted in the previous training announcement, if you don’t see specific instructions on how to RSVP at the session you are interested in, please RSVP to me at geoff.coulson@canada.ca. As also noted in the previous announcement, please ensure to check the start time of your session. Some evening sessions begin at 6:30 PM, others at 7 PM. Some weekend sessions begin at 9 AM and others at 9:30 AM.

My thanks to those of you who have registered already, the numbers are growing at many sessions. By all accounts this is shaping up to be another successful training season for the CANWARN program. The program’s strength is in its membership and based on that, CANWARN continues to be a very vibrant program.

More details on sessions that don’t currently have a venue and more info on additional sessions will be provided in coming updates.

My thanks again to all of you for being a part of this program and for those of you who will be joining it in the coming months.

April 5 – Sarnia – 7 PM – Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St. Point Edward, RSVP to Bill Hoad at billhoad00@gmail.com
April 10 – Grey County/Owen Sound – 6:30 PM – Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-42246874539
April 18 – London – 7 PM – Room T1003, Building T, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London
April 23 – Simcoe County/Midhurst – 7 PM – County of Simcoe Admin Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst. RSVP to https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search/82
April 25 – Huron County/Clinton – 7 PM – Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert St, Clinton
April 26 – Niagara Region/Thorold – 7 PM – Niagara Region Headquarters, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
April 30 – Perth County/Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro St, Stratford
May 3 – Durham Region/Whitby – 7 PM – Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre St S, Whitby…course available to Whitby residents only initially
May 5 – Toronto – 9 AM – Environment and Climate Change Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St
May 8 – Markham – 7 PM – venue to be determined
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 – Kingston – 6:30 PM – Location to be announced
May 15 – Dufferin County/Orangeville – 7 PM – Dufferin County Courthouse, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville
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

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

CANWARN Spring 2018 Announcement 1

Hi folks. This is the first CANWARN training announcement from Geoff Coulson, (who is not a guest bloger) because he is on the mailing list for the newsletter. For those who haven’t attended a session yet, hopefully this will be your year. Here is Geoff!

Folks, another year has flown by and it is once again time to be thinking about severe thunderstorms and CANWARN storm spotter training. A number of venues have been confirmed already, some are still in the process of being confirmed but I thought it would be worthwhile to advertise what is known as of March 9, 2018.
As always your membership in this program is greatly appreciated by the forecasters in the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. While social media can light up during severe weather events, the forecasters need to do a fair amount of legwork to verify these reports. Reports received through social media, the spotter phone line or email that are from identified CANWARN members allow forecasters to utilize the information received much more quickly and with a greater degree of confidence.
I once again look forward to seeing many of you at one of the upcoming training sessions and also look forward to meeting new volunteers that have learned about the program and want to become a part of it.
So, without further delay, please find following the current list of training dates/venues. Please note that some evening training sessions begin at 6:30 PM, others at 7 PM and some morning sessions begin at 9 AM while others at 9:30 AM. This list will be updated regularly in the coming weeks as other venues are confirmed. The training dates in northwestern Ontario are still to be decided and I’ll confirm them in the coming weeks. Some of the venues below will have specific people/websites to RSVP to…if no specific RSVP instructions are there, please feel free to RSVP directly to me at geoff.coulson@canada.ca

Essex County/Chatham-Kent – date/venue to be determined
April 5 – Sarnia – 7 PM – Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St. Point Edward, RSVP to Bill Hoad at billhoad00@gmail.com
April 10 – Grey County/Owen Sound – 6:30 PM – Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, RSVP to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-storm-spotter-training-2018-tickets-42246874539
April 18 – London – 7 PM – Room T1003, Building T, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London
April 23 – Simcoe County/Midhurst – 7 PM – County of Simcoe Admin Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst
April 25 – Huron County/Clinton – 7 PM – Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert St, Clinton
April 26 – Niagara Region/Thorold – 7 PM – Niagara Region Headquarters, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
April 30 – Perth County/Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro St, Stratford
May 2 or 3 – Durham Region – date/venue to be determined
May 5 – Toronto – 9 AM – Environment and Climate Change Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St
May 8 – Markham – 7 PM – venue to be determined
May 9 – Kitchener-Waterloo – 7 PM – Forbes Room, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave. E, Waterloo
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 – 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 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 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

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 Web www.weather.gc.ca

 

Freezing Rain Event

Hi folks. This is a blog post which I used to post in another blog, on what I referred to as Weather Wednesday. I’m going to tell you a story about freezing rain and why I try to avoid it when I can. Before I get into the story itself, I should mention that I went to a residential school for the blind in Brantford Ontario but I am from Toronto. It is about an hour drive and 90 minutes from Toronto by bus! In this story, I was on the wrestling team at the time and was a light weight and well… I won some of my matches. But that isn’t what this story is about. Anyway, here is the story.

On Saturday March 4 1989 I was staying the weekend at school for a wrestling meet and the forecast called for freezing rain. There was a winter storm watch in affect the day before and there may have been a freezing rain warning issued later, but I’m not sure. This also happened to be the day we were taking our guests from the schools for the blind in: Oklahoma and Arkansas, to both Niagara Falls and Toronto. When I tried walking from the residence to the dining room it was very slippery, because it had been raining all night, with freezing rain. By the time I went out the door it had changed to rain but it was still very icy and a few times I almost fell. At the time I weighed about 80 pounds and I was just as tall as I am now.

Anyway, I had help keeping my balance and I made it to the bus we had chartered for us. We went to Niagara Falls and Toronto and it was slippery all through the trip and it was also cold with the mist from the falls. The trip was good and I bought a tape by a band I liked at the time and it was worth almost falling on the ice.

Now that I am older and I can reflect on it, I pity anyone, who is a pedestrian and has to walk on the ice during or after a freezing rain event. This also helps to explain why I am so strongly in favour of services like Weather Radio in both Canada and the US, to help people keep up with the latest forecast and also save lives. Even having a weather app on a smart phone is good, especially if alerts are sent out via push notifications. What if someone falls on the ice and hits their head so hard that the impact kills them? I have the same respect for lightning and I am very cautious, when I hear that thunderstorms are in the forecast. Sadly, most people don’t take the weather as seriously as I and others like myself do and they are either injured or even killed by occurring adverse weather events at the time.

I hope I don’t have to get caught in a similar ice event again but, you never know what may occur, from day today with the weather. There have been surprises in the forecast during winter in Ontario. For example: thunderstorms and even surprise tornadoes which develop so, I don’t count anything out throughout the year in Canada anymore.

SAME and 1050 Hz Test Report for February 2018

Hi folks. This is the February 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 January 2018

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for February 7 2018

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) is in watchdog mode, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:55 AM, (RMT) 12:01 PM, (1050 TONE) 12:02 PM local.

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SAME Test report for February 14th 2018

St. Catharines VAD 320  162.475 MHz (RWT) should have been 11:52 AM local. However, it was still in watchdog mode, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:55 AM local.

SAME Test Report For February 21st 2018

St. Catharines VAD 320  162.475 MHz (RWT) was supposed to be 11:52 AM local. But, it was still in watchdog mode, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

SAME Test report for February 28 2018

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) usually 11:52 AM local but it is still in watchdog, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.

Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Issue 25

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Hello again and welcome to the first issue for 2018. It is winter and I hope we are all enjoying it as much as we can, where ever we are in the world. This will be an important year in the history of Weatheradio Canada, because new voices will be introduced some time this year. I have talked about them in the past but I will go into more detail, when the first hints I have of them are heard.

As some of you know last Sept 14 we lost Steven P Serheniuk VA3YZW, VE3BYS and VE3YZW CanWarn. Steve was 1 of the founding members that helped set up Canwarn for the Ontario Storm Prodiction centre. Steve was only 62 years old Way to young to become an “SK” Silent Key. Ward Kenedy now has become the trustee of the 2 call signs VE3 and VA3YZW for CANWARN It was approved by Geoff Coulson and Industry Canada Even though he is no longer the Volunteer coordinator he still will be involved in some ways and protecting the Call signs for the use at Environment Canada.

Other than that, not much else to talk about since the last issue. 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. 🙂

The Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Facebook Group

This is an article from the author about the newish Facebook group, for this newsletter and how it came to be. It will also talk about where it may go in the future!

On February 4 2017, I decided to start the Facebook group, for the newsletter. The decision was actually, out of the blue after an afternoon nap and after a few minutes, a New Facebook group was born.

Since 2014 the only social media presence for the newsletter was Twitter, which I decided to start because of a lack there of one with this outlet. Now that I started the Facebook group I decided right then and there, to update the website and put each issue of the newsletter on it, as well as posting it on Facebook. It took a while but by March 22 of 2017, every single post with each issue was on the web. I had lost sleep and even hurt my thumb, doing all the editing and putting together each issue from the text, which I had somehow managed to extract.

As for the people in the group, as long as they’re on Facebook and a remember of the mailing list or another group related to weather and Weather Radio, I decided to invite and add them to the group. I also have made 4 members Administrotors for the group: our co-editor for the newsletter Dennis, Marc-Antoine Chabot from Weatheradio Canada and Daryl Stout, who is a member of numerous weather related groups. I also added Brian Rodgers as an admin on February 9th 2018! Why not?

The only thing I am disappointed in so far, is that I have done the majority of the posting to the group. However, I hope that this will change and everything will balance out, with contributions from others. An exception to this is an article I published in the last issue of the newsletter, about a technology, which could help to predict tornados better, there-by increasing lead times, from warning to touch down.

In the future, I think the group will continue staying the course but I hope that I am not the only one posting, besides the latest issue of the newsletter and the weekly and monthly reports for the SAME alert tests. Thanks to all of you, who have joined the group, either with or without being on the mailing list or having to send a request to become a part of the group. 🙂

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.

On Monday November 6th at around 1:25 PM, all of Ontario went into watchdog, after 5 hours of no new hourly reports and the 11:00 AM forecast loading. The entire network in Ontario was restored at or around 3:21 PM, the same day. However, there was some uncertainty at first because the hourly reports weren’t loading untill 5 or 6:00 PM. This was because of a data problem and everything now is updating as it should.

On Monday November 13th at 6:25 PM, Toronto XMJ225 went into watchdog for 35 minutes. However it didn’t come back fully restored until 6:35 AM on Tuesday November 14th. They tried rebooting it but it wouldn’t work and it resulted in almost 12 hours of dead air. However, after a couple of minutes of being taken off air completely, it has been restored, throughout Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday.

On Thursday February 1st, Toronto XMJ225 went into watchdog mode at 1:55 PM and was restored about 10 minutes later. However, it was brought back to dial-up because of a loss of contact with the dsl and was back on ftp on February 16.

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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.

There will be a CANWARN training session in Winnipeg March 10th… not sure of the venue.

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/,

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/, 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:

Daryl Stout WX1DER, Marc-Antoine Chabot, Bob Robichaud VE1MBR, Midland Radio Corporation, Dennis T. Paganin VA3DTP (our faithful web master and Co-Editor), 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.