KPAX.com CH 8TV
Posted: May 09, 2015
MISSOULA, Montana - Alerts to dangerous weather can keep you out of trouble, unfortunately, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may have trouble receiving audible weather alerts.
The National Weather Service has recognized this as a problem and is trying to educate the community on alternatives to audible alerts.
NWS holds at least two meetings a year like the one Friday to answer questions, and demonstrate other tools like mobile apps that can make these alerts available for everybody.
Read more . . . Watch Captioned Video NWS
Click here to see NOAA Wether Radio (NWR) information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
It's severe weather season in Alabama, and the National Weather Service is trying to get as many trained weather spotters as possible into the ranks.
And that includes those that are deaf or hard of hearing.
The weather service offices in Huntsville and Birmingham are teaming with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to offer a spotter training class tailored especially for those who have hearing challenges.
National Weather Service meteorologists Jennifer Saari and Holly Allen will be leading the training, which is scheduled for Thursday at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
We are proud to partner with AIDB (Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind) and ADRS (Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services) to help make these classes available and successful in Alabama. This has encouraged other NWS offices across the country to reach out to their local deaf and hard of hearing communities as well," Saari said.
Storm spotters are invaluable assets to the National Weather Service and emergency managers.
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Finding Weather Information on the Web:
The Weather Channel www.weather.com
Enter your zip code in the box at the top of the page to get a forecast for your area.
Local TV stations (videos are not captioned)::
www.wusa9.com (WUSA 9)
http://www.nbcwashington.com/ (WRC 4)
Winter Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories- What do they all Mean?
The National Weather Service uses specific winter weather terms to ensure that people know what to expect in the coming days and hours . A Winter Storm Watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area, but its occurrence, location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of the possibility of severe winter weather. A winter storm watch is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set plans in motion can do so. A watch is upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet is expected in the next 12 hours, or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation is expected. Winter Weather Advisories inform you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, advisory situations should not become life-threatening. A Blizzard Warning means that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Be sure to listen carefully to the radio, television, and NOAA Weather Radio for the latest winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories. For additional information, visit the Winter Weather Awareness web page at: http://www.weather.gov/om/winter