By D. Lanier Shook February 2, 2014
Winter has arrived with a vengeance. The past few weeks have ranged from cold to brutal. At times like these everyone needs a little edge on the weather.
If you go to the bottom of the AM dial on your radio, you’ll hear NOAA Weather Radio. This is a constant repetition of the weather forecast, the day’s weather, and any weather emergencies that are coming up. Technically its located at 530 AM and it can save your life.
Several of my friends travel on business and they swear by NOAA Weather Radio. If you’ve never heard this, you need to check it out and during times of severe weather you need to monitor it. You can find the same information — and even more — by clicking here to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.
In Asheville, you can find the same computerized voice on the free digital television channel located between Fox Carolina and NC Public TV. This channel loops the weather information while a live radar map is displayed on the screen. You can see conditions over Western North Carolina, most of South Carolina, parts of Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. (NOTE: That’s where it is on my television.)
However you listen to NOAA Weather Radio, it’s a resource that can literally save your life. Severe weather can threaten any time of the year and knowledge is preparation. Even if you rely on The Weather Channel or local media, please take the time to investigate this great public service.