Friday, May 17, 2013
1. Just because the paper says we are in a 60 year low for tornado activity doesn't mean they don't happen. Cue Granbury and Cleburne TX Wednesday night...Weatherguessers are calling for more sporty weather in the midwest again this weekend.
2. Having grown up in the midwest, in the land of basements, aka Tornado Alley, I know how important it is to pay attention to the weather. How important it is, to have a plan. How important it is, to have a place to GO in the event of severe weather. The summer after the Westminster TX tornado. Video. We installed an inground storm shelter on our property after Westminster. It was not cheap, but has more than paid for itself in peace of mind (and auxillary storage space.)
3. Lest we forget that other spring/summer/early fall storm season, the 2013 hurricane season officially began a couple days ago, and already TS Alvin is spinning away out there! Should you have interests in the Gulf Coast areas, it would be wise to pay attention to the Gulf weather...
4. Amateur Radio, aka Ham Radio, is an invaluable resource for the weather spotters, the forecasters at NWS, and the general population. The Skywarn networks operate in the ham bands and listening in, or participating, helps a lot to give you greater lead time on severe weather in your area. Plus, in the event of a serious storm outbreak, sometimes it is the only surviving mode of communications that will still work. Cell phones are nice, until your tower is down, or your Central Office is wiped to the foundation (Stockton MO May 2003).
5. Getting your ham license is fun and easy. The old Morse Code requirement is gone, though you can still learn it, and some bands/portions are restricted to Morse use or digital modes.