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Old 05-21-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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Driving across country...watching the weather!

I'm leaving in a couple of weeks to drive across the U.S. With some of the recent tornados that have been on the news, how should I approach a trip like this? I plan on keeping tabs on the weather via TV and my radio, but what do you do if you find out there's a big one coming and you're getting real close to it? Some of you folks must have had experience with situations like that?
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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At each stop we always find out what county we are in as most tv warning are by county not city
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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If you have an I-phone or equivlant you can load several apps, one in particular from national weather service that will give you specific weather for specific locations. we have traveled from CA to DC and are presentliy dodging our way home. probably will use interstate 10 due to fewer "problems"
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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Last June we were going from Denver to NW Fla. We had a flexible schedule, so we waited until there was a clear forecast in hurricane alley for the next 5 days, and hit the road with long days and no extended stops on the schedule. It worked out well, but I was tired from all the driving when we got to FL.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:47 AM   #5
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The app imap weather service is great. You can use it as it can track current location and give you instant warnings.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:35 AM   #6
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We have traversed the country several times via I-40. Always at this time of year, we keep an eye on the weather and when we stop for the night I have the weather alert radio on for the county we are in....We usually don't linger when going thru Oklahoma or Arkansas....first time thru we were sort of startled to see that the campground we stopped at had a Tornado Shelter......
Once in Oklahoma we were camped in a State Park, Red Rock, I think, anyways it was in a canyon and when a terrible t-storm came thru we got sort of concerned, ranger told us not worry as any twisters went right over the top of the canyon and not in it....but the water sure did rise in the arroyos
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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We've travelled tornado country several times and always use a weather radio and the weather channel and our satellite radio. My wife also has a couple of appropriate apps on her iPhone to assist while we are on the move. When we check in we verify our county location and ask about the closes tornado shelter. Routine procedure for us. We find that is also helpful when doing interstate driving for forecasting weather along our route.

Of course if possible, we try to drive that part of the country after the season has ended.

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Old 05-21-2013, 01:19 PM   #8
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Having a weather radio is great if you know the county you are in. The best way is to try and travel when the 7 day forcast doesn't show any severe weather, but we all know how that can change. The weather apps for your smartphone are very helpful. The last time we were in that kind of situation the radio station we were listening to warned us of a tornado sighting 30 miles west of where we were so we pulled over for a while and let it pass. Good luck, Be safe!!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:46 PM   #9
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After watching the news tonight, I think I would stay home for a while..such heart break and tragedy.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #10
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In addition to all of above, I use attached website for trip planning.

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #11
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There are times when vigilance brings an exit, at a lateral tangent to the threat.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #12
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I have been using Pro Weather Alert. We are traveling between Tennessee and north Texas, as these storms have been happening this product has been excellent at sending alerts. One of the really nice features its that it maps your location against where the alerts are happening, makes it nice when you are unfamiliar with the counties around you.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:14 PM   #13
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NWS - National Mosaic Enhanced Radar Image: Full Resolution Loop

This gives you weather radar for the whole country. Click on any given area for more details.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:20 PM   #14
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If you are asking what to do if you are close enough to see it, don't try to outdrive or outrun it. They are unpredictable. Park the rig, get out, and take shelter. Best places roadside are in a drainage ditch or under an overpass right at the top under the cover of the roadway above. You may lose your rig, but after you see what happens to it you will be glad you were not in it. Thank God I know this from education, not personal experience.
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