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Posted on March 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Recent improvements in how the National Weather Service defines warning areas have resulted in significantly higher accuracy and smaller warned areas, compared to the decades-old parish-wide warning method.

The WeatherCall system continuously monitors the National Weather Service's NOAA weatherwire. Using GIS computerized mapping, the system compares a subscriber's specific location to the location of the warning area

When a severe weather warning includes your location, you will receive a phone call from Chief Meteorologist, Carl Arredondo, 24 hours a day. You can also receive the warning by email with a detailed map of the threat area if you provide an email address when you register. You may also use any of the email address entries to set up the warning to be delivered by SMS text messaging.

WeatherCall is a subscription-based service that costs $9.95 per year. When you register, the system attempts to assign a precise latitude and longitude value to your location. If you enter a street address the system recognizes, your service BEGINS IMMEDIATELY. If there is a problem determining your location (for instance, a new housing development), there are easy steps to follow for you to locate yourself in the system.

Important things to know if you choose to subscribe to the service:

You must provide a PHYSICAL street address. PO boxes, Mail Stops, Rural Routes, etc. cannot be located in the system. If you do not know your physical address, you can follow the steps provided and attempt to accurately locate yourself. You can also contact your local US Post Office or county clerk's office, email the WeatherCall Customer Care team for help info@weathercall.net or call 1-800-260-6695 for assistance.

For each location, you may register up to 3 telephone numbers and 3 email addresses.

Any of the 3 email addresses may be configured to receive the warning via SMS text. Contact your cell phone carrier for the email address of your cell phone.

All TORNADO warnings are delivered.

You may also choose to receive SEVERE THUNDERSTORM warnings and how they are delivered (phone call, SMS text or email).

FLASH FLOOD warnings can also be delivered via email and SMS text messaging only.

TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE WARNINGS ARE not delivered as they are more widely-known, given far in advance and applicable, normally, to the entire viewing area.

When you register, send yourself a test call and STORE the incoming number on your phones, naming it WeatherCall so your caller ID will display a storm warning call.

To view FAQ's for WeatherCall, CLICK HERE.

To read and print the Subscriber Agreement, CLICK HERE

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