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DTV no tornado warnings?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by opfreak, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. opfreak

    opfreak Legend

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    what does it take for torando warnings to show up on DTV?

    The whole local area got covered with a warning (se wisconsin) but the only reason I knew is because i flipped to a local news channel.

    Is this normal?
     
  2. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    There's no such thing as an emergency alert system with CONUS DBS programming. Everyone see's the same picture that you do. Until you tune into your local stations, which come from a Spot Beam bird, which is local to your particular area.
     
  3. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Will only show up on channel 362.
     
  4. opfreak

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    this makes wife unhappy.
     
  5. webhype

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    purchase a weather radio, what if the tornado warning is in the middle of the night when your TV is off ?
     
  6. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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  7. max1

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    Yes, it is the local channels that have to carry the weather. D has no part in local weather on national channels. I would expect my local station to carry the warnings or have a scroll on local abc station not national networks like ESPN. Our local channels have scrolls the minute when storms happen. When you live in tornado alley it's a must to keep track of the weather. Plus when you see dark clouds thats a good idea to check your local weather. I agree weather radio would be another option.
     
  8. opfreak

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    thanks for the info. I'm just used to cable where they were able to show warning on all channels
     
  9. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 New Member

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    If the weather outside is brewing in a way in which a tornado may be possible...click on over to a local channel for more information. They may not always be predictable, but you can become familiar with the type of weather they form in.
     
  10. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Let me put it this way...
    If a Tornado is in your near future, you're not going to find out from ANY DBS provider. If you catch my meaning.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Richard

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    I hope there is an option to turn that off, I would hate for crawls to show up on every channel. I only watch recorded things on TV anyway, never watch anything live.
     
  12. matt

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    My service goes out in tornado warnings. Just consider the searching for signal message as a indication to go look outside.
     
  13. Hoosier205

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    Here is a perfect indicator of whether or not a tornado is near. If you see this outside your window...

    [​IMG]

    ...get to safety.
     
  14. codespy

    codespy Packers or Bust!! DBSTalk Club

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    My friends in Eagle tonight got their Tornado warning when the windows started blowing out of their house.

    They made it to the basement just in time, and their house was leveled.

    DTV signal was gone just before the windows went.

    Not advisable to count on satellite TV to seek safety for bad weather.

    OTA is the way to go with heavy rain.
     
  15. ricochet

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    Satellite could do EAS if they wanted to. The EAS messages contain location information and the boxes know where they are so only the boxes in the alert area would show the alert and the others would just ignore it. The biggest hurdle to overcome, and why they probably don't do it, is the communication between DirecTV and all the local "emergency entities", whatever they may be.

    Oh, and can we please go back to the good old days when a tornado warning meant there was an actual freaking tornado sighted and not some bogus super mega doppler indication that maybe conditions are such that it is possible a tornado might have a chance to develop. Isn't that what a tornado watch is supposed to be?
     
  16. john18

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    This also is a good single task weather radio. It is able to be programmed to your local NWS SAME codes. http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-Scient...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1277184099&sr=1-1 .

    There are also some other radios that have multiple bands that include weather radio.

    I have two different radios, including the Oregon Scientific model, and I don't live in a tornado area. It is dust storms and thunderstorms here.
     
  17. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Could ... and I wouldn't mind it IF it could be turned off and if it the alerts were pinpoint or at least for selected county. I have a weather radio with SAME alerts encoded for my county and the next county over that gives me enough warning (and I have internet tools for the moments that even OTA can't get a signal through the storm).

    There are definitions for watches or warnings ... perhaps severe thunderstorm warnings should be used more often than tornado for the "could be a tornado" radar detections.

    The local broadcasters are useless during storms ... wall to wall coverage with no real programming if there is a warning to talk about even in the most remote part of their coverage area. Or nothing but an EAS crawl.

    Personally I just want good weather. Let the tornadoes and severe storms go somewhere else.
     
  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Aint that the truth. (error 771 - go to the basement)
     
  19. rahlquist

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    Amen thats the rule I follow. D* goes out from rainfade and up comes the laptop or cell phone and http://weather.gov/<zipcode>
     
  20. jefbal99

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    One of the main reasons I keep an antenna up and have an AM21 on each DirecTV box...
     

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