Well, it's happened again in the MOV...but this time, a bit earlier than usual.
A Tornado Warning was issued correctly early Monday morning, the last day of February 2011.
This is unusual because we usually don't see these types of spring storms until late March, April and into May.
But this one came early, and some of us were aware of it before others.
The forecast was for a cold front to replace mid-60s degree weather with cold air from Canada wrapping around behind it. Whenever this type of action happens the risk of thunderstorms and potentially strong storms is great.
But what I'm getting at is how I found out about the TORNADO WATCH...and then, the TORNADO WARNING.
I had a headache all day Sunday, and slept most of the day and evening away. I was up watching TV when I heard the alert at about 1:48 a.m.... from my weather radio.
The alert went off, and after sounding the tone, turned on the radio where the announcer defined the alert, times, locations and duration.
(Now, I immediately called WTAP and alerted our overnight staff to the WATCH, which they relayed.)
But at 7:14 a.m. the unit went off again, with the Tornado WARNING. Again, the fastest means of communication is this little radio receiver that turns itself on whenever an alert is issued.
Just Sunday evening, I was shopping in Kroger for some dinner and headache medicine, when I walked past a bin that had dozens of Midland brand weather radios for sale... about $20 each.
I had bought one some years ago and know that it is a good unit. Not only does it listen to the right frequencies for our area, but it can be programmed to react to our county. And if I'm out of the house or in the shower, and miss the announcement, a digital read-out screen gives you the title of the alert so you are sure to know what you missed.
A life-saving value for just $20 plus a regular 9 volt battery for back-up.
Sure, there are many other styles, models and brands of these S.A.M.E. alert radios for sale around the region. I'm just highlighting one that I saw the night before the storm struck.
Kinda makes you think twice before you say "But I never got any advanced warning..." doesn't it?