There are radios that are dedicated to reporting the weather. Not everybody has to have one of these dedicated devices, although we are all enthralled by the weather. However, the amount of information given out by most radio stations is enough for the majority of us. So what sort of people would benefit from a so-called weather radio?
Weather radios are most suitable for people living in areas where extremes of weather can and do take place on quite a regular basis. If the region where you live is subject to hurricanes, tornadoes and flash floods or even severe storms, you are a likely candidate for a dedicated weather radio. Especially if you have to travel away from home while an extreme weather event might take place.
All radio stations give weather news and weather warnings, but not all radio stations will suspend a programme to give ‘stop press’ updates on impending severe weather conditions. It is the same with television stations, not all of them will interrupt the highlight film of the evening to report on an impending storm. Some of the smaller stations are not even subscribed to these types of weather tracking services.
However, it is not only people who live in regions of possible extreme weather who might benefit from these weather radios. People who carry out specialist activities and certain jobs require more specialized weather reports as well. For example, deep sea fishermen, sailors, farmers, mountaineers, hikers and backwoodsmen have to know if severe weather is on the way.
A lot of weather radios are not only capable of broadcasting news about the weather. Many of them have a built-in AM/FM radio as well and some will even act as alarm clocks. Some are mains only, when others are battery powered, wind-up or solar powered.
Some are bulky, but most are intended to be carried easily in a regular backpack and may have earphones too so that you can listen to a broadcast during a howling gale.
If you are just sitting at home, you may feel safe enough with the local television or radio station on, but if you have to go outside whilst there is a risk of awful weather, a weather radio is very comforting.
There are loads of types and styles of weather radio to suit all has, but a battery or wind up radio are the safest if you are away from a mains power source such as at sea or in the forest.
You will be able to find weather radios in most adventure or camping shops and in many chandlers. It is also easy to find these specialized radios on line especially on eBay or Amazon.
Weather radios are not dear to buy, but some models can eat up batteries so always take a couple of extra sets of batteries if you are going off the trodden track.