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 county-wide warning method.
The WeatherCall™ system continuously monitors the National Weather Service’s NOAA weatherwire. Using computerized mapping (GIS) 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, Bill Meck, 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.
Example: Shelby and Franklin County’s combined 594 sq. miles are under a TORNADO WARNING.
The actual warning area is 163 square miles. Only WeatherCall subscribers INSIDE the red box would receive the warning call.
WeatherCall is a subscription-based service that costs $9.95 dollars 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.
To register, you are acknowledging that you accept the terms of the Subscriber Agreement.
To contact Customer Support, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you prefer, you may call 1-800-260-6695.