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* Tornado Sirens: An Old Technology That's Still Saving Lives. USA Today has the story here.
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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” – James 1:2-3
Severe Weather Hype?
"Why is the TV meteorologist ruining "The Voice" with stupid tornado warnings? I don't even know where that county is." I hear this every spring. "You're just doing it for ratings, hyping the 'dang weather!" People have a slightly different reaction when an EF-3 tornado is approaching their neighborhood. "Why weren't you on the air? Why didn't you knock on my door and lead me by the hand to my basement, Paul?" It's a lose-lose proposition.
In a perfect world (it ain't) your GPS-aware smart phone would send out an audible shriek if a tornado, or any threat, was approaching your house. This is the future. It's coming. Until then we make do with the multitude of options that currently exist, good options ranging from TV to radio, NOAA Weather Radio, e-mails and smart phone apps. I guess I should list sirens too, but only for outdoor use. Depending on the sirens is a one-way ticket to trouble.
Meteorologists talk about situational awareness and "multiple safety nets"; the more sources of information the better. You never know where you'll be, and which device could make the difference between getting the warning, and being caught unprepared.
Like every other meteorologist I'd rather be harangued for being on the air, trampling "Dancing With The Stars", then hear "where were you when my home got leveled?"
A nagging severe threat lingers into Thursday; if the sun comes out today and tomorrow (likely) we should top 80, sparking a very unstable sky. But most of us will NOT see anything severe. Locally heavy rains are possible tonight, especially southern Minnesota. A surge of cooler air arrives Friday with partial clearing and highs returning to the 60s to near 70. Another wave of low pressure passing to our south may spark a shower Saturday; heavier, steadier rain may fall on Sunday. Another partly-puddly weekend. Ugh. Sorry. In unison: "we need the rain." If only we could time it for weekdays. At night. Non-commuting hours. We're working on that.
Cooler, drier weather returns next week.
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