posted 05-14-2001 12:27 PM
The following hint was copied from Mother Earth News. We're under a severe weather alert -and I have my battery operated radio tuned appropriately ....Has anyone tried this?
Listening for Tornadoes
Here's a proven, early tornado warning system for rural residents, drivers and those who depend on electrical warning systems. The magnetic field of a funnel cloud registers at approximately 4.5-5.2 kHz and will resonate on any battery-powered AM radio. I use the older radios (no chips) and have familiarized myself with audio signals that are normally present. During a storm I just turn down my radio to 5.3 or as low as it will go (usually there are no stations there). Lightning will be heard as intermittent static. Any twister within a 20-mile radius will be heard as a constant hum. I tried it last spring, heard the hum and headed for the basement. We had a touch down five miles away. It works! Spread the word, please! It saves lives!
Thanks for the tip, I have never heard that one before. I sure will try it next time we have severe weather. You must be from up north aways...we have some horrible looking thunderheads floating around but no warnings.
They look like the chemmers have been mutilating them though, all broken up in lines and fan shapes. The sky looks like a gray tiger stripe, VERY ODD!