NOAA And Weatheradio Canada

Hi there and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. I’m going to try and discuss the differences between NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada in today’s post.
If you know me at all, you know I try and listen to as much traffic on my scaner, Ham radio and my Weather Alert Radios as I can. This has resulted in this post. I enjoy hearing two-way radio transmissions in and around my local area because it’s fun to hear all the good stuff that nobody else gets to hear, without a receiver. So without further ado, here are the difference is I discovered between NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada. The differences are mostly brought about by Weatheradio Canada and how it currently works, for the most part.
Weatheradio Canada used to give us a synopsis of the kind of weather we could expect in the public forecast, NOAA Weather Radio still does this for the most part.
Weatheradio Canada used to include the climate data in the broadcast cycle until some time in the 1990s, NOAA still includes it.
Weatheradio Canada used to also give us the forecasts across both Canada and the US, NOAA Weather Radio hasn’t ever done this, to my knowledge.
Weatheradio Canada uses both SAME and the 1050 Hz tone separately when issuing short fuse warnings, NOAA Weather Radio has both SAME and the 1050 Hz tone inside the warning message before the EOM tones. In fact, Weatheradio Canada only uses the 1050 Hz tone for: severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings, as well as for the 1050 Hz tone test and when Weatheradio Canada goes into watchdog mode. Actually, the latter is the only time when both SAME and the 1050 Hz tone are heard on Weatheradio Canada, inside the SAME message. This is to turn on all Weather Radios, whether they are the new SAME model or the old basic 1050 Hz tone alert model.
The voices that are heard on Weatheradio Canada are real live people generated through computers, NOAA Weather Radio uses computerized voices to give us all the information we hear.
When watches and warnings are issued Weatheradio Canada just states where the warning or watch is for. NOAA Weatheradio reads out the entire bulletin and sometimes reads out special weather statements.
Whe a tornado warning or a severe thunderstorm warning used to be issued on Weatheradio Canada the broadcast was temporarily suspended due to severe weather in the local area. It would be brought back to normal when the severe weather has passed. NOAA Weather Radio has done this and I have a feeling it still does this to this day. Unfortunately, I can’t verify it. 
When Weatheradio Canada has a technical problem it usually stops updating for 3 hours and goes into watchdog mode, by alerting all Weather Radios and staying in the short cycle until it is resolved. With NOAA Weatheradio there is no real way to tell if the local transmitter is in trouble, unless you turned on the receiver and heard a short cycle message.
That is all I could think of that is different about NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada. At least they both give us the weather when we need it, provided the local transmitter is on the air.


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