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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2019, 09:02:16 AM »

In my area, it's a siren for the nuclear power plant nearby...the test used to be the first Monday of every month at 2PM, now it's semi-annual, the first Monday of June and Dec.

Similar around Oregon IL with the Byron plant nearby. I was at a school retreat at White Pines and they had it go off for the monthly test. Eeriest siren outside of Chicago's infamous alien tornado sirens
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2020, 03:21:16 PM »

I'm pretty sure Oklahoma City tests their sirens at noon on the first Saturday of every month. Took me by surprise when I was there, especially since there had just been a round of severe thunderstorms the night before.

As I write this, it's every Saturday at high noon, no matter what month. OKC tested theirs this week...and I live no less than a half mile from one. (The neighboring city of Moore also usually tests on Saturdays at 12:00 noon, but opted not to this week.)
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2020, 03:45:31 PM »

For any "siren geeks" out there: The Siren Archive
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2020, 03:55:52 PM »

I'm pretty sure Oklahoma City tests their sirens at noon on the first Saturday of every month. Took me by surprise when I was there, especially since there had just been a round of severe thunderstorms the night before.

As I write this, it's every Saturday at high noon, no matter what month. OKC tested theirs this week...and I live no less than a half mile from one. (The neighboring city of Moore also usually tests on Saturdays at 12:00 noon, but opted not to this week.)

Norman also does every Saturday at noon, so long as it's clear. If it's overcast, or possible severe weather is scheduled for later in the day, the test is cancelled to avoid confusion with a true severe weather event.
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2020, 07:50:53 PM »

We don't have any around where I live. Downtown I think there's a siren that is tested at noon every day. I used to hear it when I was attending a school nearby it. But as far as I know there's just that one siren.
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2020, 12:06:44 PM »

I was just briefly freaked out for a bit, but can now confirm that Social Cirlce, GA does their test on Tuesdays at noon.

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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2020, 10:02:02 PM »

Who else thinks they should play "War Pigs" over the P.A. after testing the sirens?
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2020, 10:07:25 PM »

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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2020, 10:20:19 PM »

We don't have them in southeast Louisiana where I live now, but when I was growing up in Memphis they were tested for five minutes every Saturday at 11:55am.  We lived half a block from one of the sirens, so we knew not to get on the phone around test time -- you couldn't hear yourself talk, much less hear whomever was on the other end of the phone.
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #34 on: April 08, 2020, 11:00:24 PM »

Who else thinks they should play "War Pigs" over the P.A. after testing the sirens?

A better question might be why?

It's also not possible with most systems, as they're mechanical sirens and not speakers/speaker arrays.
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2020, 02:02:26 PM »

Who else thinks they should play "War Pigs" over the P.A. after testing the sirens?

A better question might be why?


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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #36 on: May 20, 2020, 05:49:14 PM »

The sirens here are tested on the first Wednesday of the month at 10AM CT.

Is that in Springfield? In STL it's first Monday of the month, though we haven't had a real one in a few months (we had a rash of them when I was in kindergarten, early 2010s).
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #37 on: May 20, 2020, 05:52:22 PM »

No sirens ever. We barely even get tornados, I think that central Massachusetts gets some.

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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #38 on: June 26, 2020, 01:27:33 PM »

Michigan here. First Saturday of the month, at 1 pm. March through September.
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2020, 02:33:51 PM »

Searcy, Arkansas has 6 Whelen Vortex R4's scattered about the city. They are tested every Wednesday at noon, weather permitting. The siren located next to the new(ish) fire station close to the hospital isn't tested audibly though (it will still sound for tornado warnings however), due to the noise. 90 seconds of steady alert and 90 seconds of high-low (meaning all clear) are used.
 White County has a network of Whelen sirens and they are also tested each Wednesday at noon, using the wail signal.
Cabot, AR has a network of Federal Thunderbolt sirens. One is readily seen from the 67 freeway north of town on the southbound side of the freeway. I'm not sure of their test schedule though.
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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #40 on: July 02, 2020, 03:42:57 AM »

Outagamie County, Wisconsin, noon every Saturday, year round.  The siren on the building behind by apartment building included.

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BTW, increasingly rare nowadays, when those Federal 1000-T Thunderbolt sirens with the 4/5 impellers went off, THAT was a tornado warning!  They scared the bejeevers out of me when I was a kid, but today I realize that that was an amazing sound.

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Re: Tornado Sirens
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2020, 02:24:24 AM »

Outagamie County, Wisconsin, noon every Saturday, year round.  The siren on the building behind by apartment building included.

:-)

BTW, increasingly rare nowadays, when those Federal 1000-T Thunderbolt sirens with the 4/5 impellers went off, THAT was a tornado warning!  They scared the bejeevers out of me when I was a kid, but today I realize that that was an amazing sound.

Mike
Boone County IL replaced their last Thunderbolt 1000T about 3-4 years ago with a FS 2001-130. Winnebago County next county over has ASC T-135s, which I heard when the derecho came through just a few days back.
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