A Proven Early Tornado Warning System for Rural Residents

This early tornado warning system works well for rural residents, drivers and those who depend on electrical warning systems. Includes information on how to tune into radio sounds that warn of lightning and tornadoes.
By W. Knight
August/September 2000
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The magnetic field of a funnel cloud registers at approximately 4.5-5.2 kHz and will resonate on any battery-powered AM radio.
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Learn about this proven method used as an early tornado warning system for rural residents. 

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 clips) 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 he 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!

W. Knight
Gillette, WY
 








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