Not the Valentines Day love-in I was expecting, this was a storm for the record books. Under a state of emergency all day and through the night, my county was closed down and everyone was told to stay off the roads. When it was over the snow totals came in. My little, almost unknown, town of Roseboom â€œwonâ€ the snow total race with an â€œofficialâ€ 38 inches.
â€œYeah, right,â€ I thought while looking out the window. Maybe if you were lucky to only have that much. Many of my neighbors and myself had more and it depended on which side of the street you were living. It is days later and Iâ€™m still trying to clear away some areas and, of course, the daily wind blow. And donâ€™t even ask about getting my truck stuck.
But I was fully informed for a storm of this size because I have a secret weapon: weather radio.
My town is equidistant â€“ roughly 60 miles – from three metropolitan areas and none of them provide accurate or specific coverage for where I live. The Internet is equally lacking, trying to give me information from those same metro zones.
Sponsored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), weather radio is my solution and has proven itself in giving me timely and reliable forecasts. In addition to snowstorms, it also gives me alerts for thunderstorms, flooding, wind warnings, and other weather events. A special radio is required to receive forecasts. Mine came from Radio Shack but there are other sources here.
So far it’s been doing its job of keeping me safe and relatively sane, even if nature decides to bless me with more snow.