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Weather notification service

Discussion in 'Weather' started by CGG, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. CGG

    CGG Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    How do you get notified if there is enough snow accumulation to plow?
    I have a plow for my own use to keep my store parking lot's cleared. I wondered if you have a service that texts you, or calls to let you know if there is a specifed amount of snow? Or do you do what I suspect, and just watch the forcast, and set the alarm to get up and check at 3 or 4 am?
    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. gusdust

    gusdust Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I use NOAA (National Oceanographic Atmospheric Admin.) Fairly accurate and interesting site. Get up before it stops snowing and get out. That's if I can even sleep because of the anticipation. Also the other drivers call each other, etc. Even some of the competition calls each other here.
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Bingo, meteorologists are too unreliable. And inaccurate.

    Besides, waiting until there is enough to plow is too late, you have to be ahead of it.

    But I do have a texting service just in case something pops up unexpectedly.
  4. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I never rely on the weather people for arrival times for snow. They have been wrong way to many times. You, will be your best weather man
  5. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    case in point, we were suppose to get a little rain today, woke up at 3am, no snow, woke up at 4:30am
    no snow, woke up at 6am, 1.5inches of snow, i hate life right now. lol, just shows how important it is to have disclaimers for times in your contracts
  6. jphgreengrass

    jphgreengrass Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    what is the texting service??ussmileyflag
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    If its snowing I use local traffic cams...If there is snow accumulated on the highways..and major roads...I know it's time to go. If I gotta sleep... I will wake up every 75 min and check the internet cams.

    My trucks sub mainly...But we don't get called out...just handle it.
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    DTN WeatherSentry
  9. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 852

    What does that cost?
  10. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    I use my weather rock.
  11. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    next time take a look at the radar... it might tell you whats coming in the next couple hours:nod:
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Depends on what options you subscribe to. Best off calling them, sorry I can't help more.

    Their radar tool is awesome and well worth it for me, the text notification is a bonus as well

    You need sleep. :nod: :laughing:
  13. coral

    coral Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    that weather rock is most likely more accurate than the news, if the rock is white=its snowing.......