When you are asleep do you worry about this,
or maybe this
or even this?
Well, I did!!
At the beginning of camping season and at the end of camping season are the most dangerous times for storms expected, or not. And if predictions are correct and this is an El Niño year then things could get really bad or not.
What is an El Niño? El Niño is an ocean-atmosphere climate phenomenon that is linked to the periodic warming of waters across the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. This warming is part of the natural climate system. On average, an El Niño event occurs every 2 to 7 years and typically lasts about 9 to 18 months.
So why should you worry or even be concerned about an El Niño ? During periods of El Niño, warm water builds up off the South American coast and this sends more than the normal waves of moisture into the US. These waves of moisture can, and do cause more storms, some of which are more severe than storms in a non-El Niño year. This translates into more severe thunderstorms and more than normal tornado's
While you can use your phone most of the time for weather alerts and weather radar, when you are out camping your phone may not get a signal or changing weather conditions may suddenly make your phone not work. And the basement of a 5er is not a safe place to be. So what is a person to do?
During the check-in process to get your RV site, you should ask, where do we go in case of severe weather and do you have a method of alerting the campground of approaching bad weather?
In most cases the park will have a severe weather location, like a cement block bath house or underground facilities. But most will not have a warning system. It is left up to you to know when bad weather is approaching and it is time to take cover.
So now your phone has no bars and the park has no way to tell you that a large thunderstorm is approaching your RV site. Now what are you going to do to keep you and your family safe? Buy a weather radio with built-in weather alert. Our government built, many years ago, a National Alert System to let citizens know about disasters before they happen. That was the old weather radio that went off (with its built-in siren) all the time for just about any reason (some good, mostly bad). After a lot of citizen complaints over many years a new system of alerting people was developed by the government that had a better built-in method of stopping false alerts and added text messages to each alerts displayed on a screen on the new generation of weather radios.
Here is one that operates on just batteries and can be carried on the hiking trail or just outside around the campground.
No matter which one, or maybe both, you choose like a smoke detector or gas detector your RV is not complete and you are not fully protected nor safe until you have one.
Until Next Time