The NOAA weather radio service in the United States is impressive in its scale. The National Weather Service (NWS) broadcasts alerts, forecasts and non-weather related hazard information 24 hours a day on over 1020 dedicated high frequency radio stations.(1) This hasn't always been the case though; the service had humble beginnings.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the United States in late October of 2012 and left a path of destruction greater than any hurricane in history to strike the Mid Atlantic region. The photo sharing site Flickr has a number of remarkable photos that document the storm and its immediate aftermath. The satellite image above from NOAA's National Ocean Service shows Hurricane Sandy just off the shore of Maryland and Virginia on October 29, 2012.
Threatening weather is normally our focus, but sometimes we simply take a step back to appreciate the beauty of our planet. Since weather radios provide continuous weather updates and not just emergency alerts, we're not really off-topic. This incredible photograph of aurora borealis (the northern lights) was taken by Astrophotographer Mike Taylor over Moosehead Lake, Maine and published at Discovery News. Do you remember the science behind auroras?
During the current government shutdown, unpaid National Weather Service (NWS) employees in forecast offices around the country continue to produce weather forecasts and severe storm warnings. The NWS office in Rapid City, South Dakota has continued to operate despite the added challenge of a blizzard that produced over 4 feet of snowfall and drifts as high as 10-15 feet.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all Americans prepare a basic emergency supply kit to prepare for potential emergencies including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. In the event of such an emergency, you may need to live on your own until basic utilities are restored or emergency response teams can reach you.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. This network broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.