A question for you folks especially full-timers
A question for you folks especially full-timers: Have you ever found yourself in the path of severe weather and decided to hot-foot it out of there. I’m assuming a one-day lead time which if usually available if one keeps his/her eye/ear on the NWS Wx Radio.
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We traveled from NY to SD this summer and you know what one of the best things I saw/heard was ? In Wisconsin at a state park, they have the weather station playing in the restrooms. It was kind of awesome, because it is hard to stay up on the weather traveling around. In SD, first night there, there was huge hail. . . which I had no idea was coming.. in July.. in SD. 🙂 My suggestion is check early and check often and if you are going to be anywhere for an amount of time.. find out where the safe spots are to go.. because getting out in time is not always an option 🙂
Not weather, but we've been caught by fire. We were evacuated due to an out-of-control wilderness fire in TX in a few years ago. Just made it out with a few hours to spare.
We were in CT when Hurricane Sandy arrived. Didn't know which way to run. Ended up at Mohegan Sun Casino in CT. They let us park the RV where it would be sheltered by a big parking ramp and we went inside the casino where we were safe.
In this day and age who does not see, hear, study the weather on a twice a day basis ?
Bugged out a couple of times in path of severe flood warnings
Accuweather or weathrbug free Android apps are a very good thing in my opinion
got stuck in 55mph winds and it grounded us for 2days
We have a NOAAH weather radio to keep track of severe weather also most campgrounds we have been in have safe places to shelter till a bad storm is over. One time out west we had to roll the slides in because of strong wind gusts but we've never had to leave ahead of a storm coming.
NOAA handheld weather radio, plug-in/battery backup weather radio, and weather apps on the phone. And, my arthritis is a really good indicator of upcoming changing weather.
The NOAA handheld weather radio has a "travel" mode so it finds the closest station broadcasting in the area you are.
Ed Speanburgh hopefully with no damage!
yeah no damage, i drove white knuckled for 200 mi. pulled over and saw it was 55mph winds.
Mary 'Porto' Sparr, Verna Schultz, and Trish Sellers. Sounds like you guys have got it covered.
Definitely travel with a weather alert radio. They are as cheap as 20 bucks and well worth it. They also work in cell phone dead zones. We were able to pretty much drive away from most storms that gave warning. Dont take the chance driving in high winds. Not worth the chance of killing someone. Bunk in a hotel if you have to.
Good advice Sue Costomiris. I have read where if all else fails, turn your rig so it is not broadside to the wind.
Bought a NOAA weather radio that we can set for county we are staying in.
Sounds good Greg Thomas. Which model did you get?
Midland sorry dont know model small desk top type works great. I like the walkie talkie type but didn't have the local county settings some do.
Greg Thomas sounds like the one I have. Mine's white. Yes they work great. I have an older Radio Shack handheld that has the SAME codes in it but I find I don't use the codes. I just step thru the frquencies till I find the one that is the loudest and put it on Standby and I'm good to go. Most NOAA transmitters only cover about 5 counties anyway.
By the way it's easy to get the codes for wherever you are. The link is: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/coverage/county_coverage.html
Yes its white lol same one staying in Oklahoma went to Wallmart asked where weather radios were um not sure. Geeeze set ours for 2 counties so its not going off alot. Rig in shop storm hit over friends home yikes this California guy is not to that light show and possible tornado formation. AZ or the desert is sounding so good.
We (maybe foolishly) rely on smartphone radar, TV, and locals. The big snow storm in Atlanta would have done us in, except that my wife HATES to drive through Atlanta on the way south. Since it is practically impossible to avoid it, we go straight through downtown at 3:00 a.m. No traffic and because we nap the day before, we are raring to go. Got through this time, didn't like the weather and decided to gas up and push on. A state trooper asked us our plans and warned us about the impending Apocalyptic Snow and Ice. He relayed that there were lots of hills ahead and told us to get somewhere flat, "these people don't drive on ice!" We heeded his warning, got off the freeway, headed east toward a relative's house and got ICED IN for two days while parked in her yard. Later in Florida, every northerner in a vehicle lamented the winter driving ability of those from the south. They abandoned their cars on the Atlanta Freeways. Like I told 'em, I'm from Michigan, we never leave our vehicles, heck, we PUSH 'em home! (We also don't push the accelerator to the floor when we feel the car losing traction on ice…) I did find that my heavy ol' RT 210 did REAL well in poor traction situations with new tires on it.
Hello Jim Phipps. You can check the SPC(Storm Prediction Center) and the WPC(Weather Prediction Center) websites for extended forecasts out 3 days that should allow you to route your movements to avoid dangerous situations. Also a NOAA weather radio is a great help. Glad you survived the ice encounter.