“Offloading Apps” could be preventing you from getting severe weather warnings

If you are anything like me, you depend on your phone as one of your three methods to get severe weather information. However, a recently new feature with Apple’s iPhone could be preventing you from getting life saving information from the apps you trust. During the recent round of severe weather, I noticed that one of my go-to apps was not alerting me when watches and warnings were issued for my area. After a little investigation, I found that I had turned on the iPhone’s “Offload Apps” feature a few weeks ago when I was running low on storage space.

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Forum Upgrades – April 9, 2019

** Update – 12:30AM – All updates have been loaded and we are back to normal operations. ** Update – 12:08AM – One of our updates took a bit longer than expected to transfer.  Board is now officially off-line for updates.  Should be back online at 12:35AM.  ~Wes Greetings TalkWeather nation, As we are preparing for several rounds of severe weather across the country, especially the southeast, we will be performing a few upgrades on the forum software and servers.  This upgrade will ensure our forum software is at the most current version and also will provide a faster load

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Using Amazon Prime to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Be sure to follow the progress of Hurricane Florence at TalkWeather.com .  Our dedicated members of weather enthusiasts and metrologists provide updates and tracking information as the hurricane approaches the United States. As residents of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia are bracing for the impact of category 4 Hurricane Florence later this week, some are finding that store shelves are already becoming barren of essential items.  The fact that this storm was so quickly identified and tracked means that people are taking the warnings seriously and are already preparing for the damaging wind and possible flooding that can occur with a storm

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Completed TalkWeather Forum Upgrade (31AUG2018)

Update 12:07am – TalkWeather is back online.  Thanks for your patience. UPGRADE SUMMARY TalkWeather Forums will be offline from 31AUG3018 11:00pm (central) until 01SEP2018 12:00am (1 hour) Updates during and after the upgrade will be posted at https://blog.talkweather.com Good afternoon everyone,Tomorrow evening (31AUG2018) at 11:00pm central, we will begin a series of upgrades for the forum software as well as the underlying hosting environment. During this time the forum will be inaccessible and should be back online around midnight. These upgrades will allow us to add several new features to the site down the road, along with increased speed and security. Over

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Forum Upgrade Set For 21APR2018

Tonight we will be updating the forum software to the latest version and also updating several plugins.  The forum will be down from 11:45pm on April 21, 2018 until around 12:05am on April 22, 2018.  Updates will be posted on this page as the upgrades take place.  In testing, we experienced no issues with this set up of upgrades but we do have full backups of the site and related databases just in case. —- 21APR2018 —- 11:46 pm:  Server software updated without issue. 11:58 pm:  Main forum upgrade started a few minutes late but no issues so far. —- 22APR2018 —-

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TW Member has Article Featured in Alabama Living

We are proud to announce that TalkWeather Member akt1985, also known as Arron Turner, has recently had a great article about how storm spotters help keep Alabama communities safe featured in Alabama Living magazine.  Alabama Living is the official statewide publication of the electric cooperatives in Alabama and the largest magazine of its type in the state, reaching some 400,000 electric cooperative consumers. Aaron does a great job detailing the process of how storm spotters are a vital part of helping the National Weather Service and emergency management officials informed with ground observations during and after severe weather.  If you are

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Introducing Storm Mapping

Earlier this month we celebrated the one year anniversary of the re-launch of TalkWeather with a brief State of the Forum post.  In that post, I made mention of new some new features that we are hoping to launch in the near future.  Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of one new member benefit that is just too good to pass up. Storm Mapping WXPRO – Click here to register In partnership with SDS Weather and longtime TW member Michael Phelps, we are pleased to bring you Storm Mapping WXPRO.  Storm Mapping provides an iOS and Android app as well

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Why The Zello App Is NOT A Good Idea During Or After A Storm

As Irma approached Florida this past week, I’ve seen numerous tweets and facebook posts about downloading the Zello app for emergency communications if you are trapped after the storm hits. If you did not evacuate or need help for #Irma, download the Zello app and follow the “Hurricane Irma” channel. — Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) September 9, 2017 Worse yet are now a flood of posts and tweets saying that Zello will work without data service.  This has caused so much of an issue in Puerto Rico that the app developer had to post out a warning. There is a massive

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Building A Kit For Emergencies

As a resident of the southeast, you can often be surprised with what Mother Nature has around the corner.  Many of us learned that lesson the hard way with the tornado super outbreak of April of 2011.  A lot of people including myself were caught off guard with the power outages that lasted for weeks in some areas.  With Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida and eventually making her way north to my home near Huntsville, I decided to spend Sunday checking my emergency kit. A lot of times people over think an emergency kit and suddenly the list of

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