Weather Safety

Insight from Jason Garing, AgVenture's Systems Administrator and Safety Coordinator Team Member...

There are a number of weather apps you can choose from for your smart phone to provide you with weather notifications.  From NOAA radar, Weather Channel, Intellicast, and my favorite – WeatherBug.  Most will give you alerts for severe weather, as long as you select “allow notification” when you are installing.

WeatherBug will notify you not only of watches and warnings, but for other events such as Fog advisories, Fire dangers, Wind advisories, etc.  WeatherBug also has their own monitoring service, which warns me of a dangerous storm in my area before the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning.  You can also get radar as well as lightning strike data from WeatherBug using their Spark feature.  The other important thing to note is to allow your weather app to turn on location services, so the app will update your location as you travel.  On the iPhone, go to Settings, select Privacy, ensure that “Location Services” is turned on.  You can also check your app settings by selecting Settings, then scroll down to the App section where you will find the names of your apps.  Locate your app, such as WeatherBug, and tap to configure Location capability, and Notifications.

For iPhones, there is another warning system built into your device: open Settings, select Notifications, scroll all the way to the bottom and be sure “Emergency Alerts” is turned on.  Last summer we were issues a Tornado warning, at which time not only did my WeatherBug app alert me, but Apple sent out an alert with the tones you would normally hear over the radio/television stations when they interrupt programming to issue alerts.