With tornado season upon us, a “must have” piece of equipment to get is an NOAA weather radio.  In addition to tornados, a myriad of weather occurances such as hurricanes, earthquakes, national disasters and sunamis can render you helpless without much warning.  These radios are also handy to have in the event of a blizzard, noreaster and other winter disasters.

Weather radio stations will alert when dangerous weather threatens a location within their listening area.  Radio service transmits forecasts and weather warnings 24 hrs. a day through the National Weather Service.

NOAA stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Additionally, NOAA broadcasts include weather warnings and watches as well as alerts of non-emergencies sch as environmental, public safety, national security and amber alerts though the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Alert System (FCC).

There are 7 NOAA weather band channels that are available with most weather radio devices.  The frequency range of a NOAA weather radio should be from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz.

Even though for the 2014 season, the Atlantic hurricane season is supposed to be less active than usual, one thing you must keep in the back of your mind when living near the Atlantic Basin is that you have the possibility of a tropical cyclone formation that can appear without much notice.  The season will officially start for hurricanes on June 1 and end on November 30.  According to the Weather Channel, the 2014 tornado season is off to a slow start despite the recent tornados in Missouri, Texas, Mississippi and North Carolina. But by all means, do not let this be the reason to let your guard down this season.

A  NOAA radio or weather station could be one of the best investments you could make in getting that early warning signal or tracking the weather when minutes count.

Besides having a NOAA radio, which is the optimal piece of equipment for alerts, a home weather station with the right functions such as barometer readings could also help you keep an eye on the weather.  Barometric pressure often drops quickly just before an upcoming storm.

Digital Thermometers wishes everyone a safe and quiet storm season.

Jackson Kern