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July 15, 2010

Weather cripples local NOAA Weather Radio

Violent weather has muted the robotic voices of NOAA's Weather Radio in the Baltimore area.

NOAA Weather RadioThe Pikesville antenna that broadcasts the weather forecasts, and the all-important weather watches and warnings for the region was struck by lightning during the storm late Monday or early Tuesday.

The bolt knocked out full-power broadcasts at 162.4 Megahertz, reducing the signal to a poor-quality 500 watts. The broadcasts are punctuated by a series of beeps and little or no content from the synthetic announcers: sweet and sultry Donna, next-door neighbor Tom, and the older, and vaguely Scandanavian Paul.

The transmitter's range during repairs will be limited to no more than 5 or 10 miles. I can hear nothing in our downtown Baltimore office. Repairs are expected to take as long as two weeks, the National Weather Service said.

The good news is that the same products are available as MP3 files and RSS feeds here:

(SUN PHOTO: Frank Roylance)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 10:12 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Lightning


Ah, the irony (can I say that, Professor McIntyre?).

I wonder if they had any warning the storm was headed their way....

I listen to KEC83 every morning out in the garage while I smoke and have a cup of coffee. Donna IS sweet and sultry!!
I am a very lonely guy. I've had to switch to the station out of Sudlersville, and it's just not the same.

FR: That is the saddest thing I've heard all day.

"That is the saddest thing I've heard all day."

So says Frank, with his voice dripping with sarcasm. VBG

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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