|(NWS Northern Indiana photo)|
This morning, the northern Indiana National Weather Service office put out the public information statement below. For more on exactly what the problem is at the Fort Wayne NOAA Weather Radio transmitter site, see my previous blog post on the topic (complete with cool pictures!).
With severe weather possible today and tonight, now would be a good time to check your weather radio to see if you can hear the broadcast. If you’re not close to northwestern Fort Wayne, there’s a very good chance you can’t hear it. If you can’t hear it now, your radio will probably not alert you to any watches or warnings that might come out. In that case, you’ll need an alternative way to get those alerts, for example:
- Install a weather alert app on your smartphone. I’m fond of iMap Weather Radio, even though it’s not free. It’s only $9.99 and is available in iOS and Android versions. I receive no financial gain from sales of this app.
- Sign up for a text message (SMS) alert service. These require a cell phone with text messaging service but it need not be a smartphone. Some of which I know include:
- WANE-TV (free)
- WFFT-TV (free)
- WPTA-TV (free)
- The Weather Channel (free)
- WeatherUSA (free)
- iAlert.com (free)
- Weather Underground (free)
- ProAlert.us ($12.95/year and up, but very flexible to get exactly what you want)
- Keep a local television or radio station playing within earshot.
- Monitor a local ham radio spotter frequency (can be tuned in on any standard police scanner). The frequency for Fort Wayne is 146.88 MHz (146.76 MHz alternate).
Got other suggestions or questions? Use the comment link below.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1102 AM EDT FRI JUL 19 2013 /1002 AM CDT FRI JUL 19 2013/
...FORT WAYNE NOAA WEATHER RADIO BROADCAST TO REMAIN ON LOW POWER
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...
THE FORT WAYNE NOAA WEATHER RADIO BROADCAST...WXJ-58 AT 162.550
MHZ...WILL CONTINUE TO BROADCAST AT LOW POWER FOR THE FORESEEABLE
FUTURE. PARTS ARE ON ORDER TO REPAIR THE LOW POWER AND DEGRADED
SIGNAL ISSUES THAT THE TRANSMITTER HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING OVER THE
PAST FEW WEEKS. HOWEVER...EXACT ARRIVAL TIMES ARE UNKNOWN AND
INSTALLATION WILL NEED TO BE COORDINATED WITH MAINTENANCE CREWS
DURING A WINDOW OF FAIR WEATHER.
WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE. FURTHER UPDATES
WILL BE ISSUED AS MORE DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE.