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Oldest Known Photo of a Tornado Oldest Known Photo of a Tornado
This photo was taken on Aug. 28, 1884, 22 miles southwest of Howard, South Dakota (Historic NWS Collection 22).

Keep Informed with NOAA Weather Radio

As a friend and I discussed the terrible killer tornado outbreaks we’ve seen so far this year in the Midwest, she told me how much tornadoes frightened her because “unlike a hurricane, you don’t have any warning with a tornado.”

Not true, I thought. I quickly told her about the National Weather Service’s NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, which provides exactly that kind of warning. At Flash, we think all households should have a NOAA Weather Radio. It airs updated weather and water forecasts for outdoor activities and boating safety. It provides critical life-saving information for you and your family if severe weather threatens, including tornado warnings and hurricane updates. Weather radios also broadcast warnings and information for other hazards including: natural disasters, earthquakes, and wildfire; national emergencies, such as terrorist attacks; and technological accidents, such as chemical releases and nuclear power plant emergencies.

You can find weather radios at many retail outlets, including electronics, department, sporting goods and boat and marine accessory stores. You can also buy them from online retailers. For more information, including a list of weather radio manufacturers, visit the links below.

Vita Craft RFIQ cooking system Vita Craft RFIQ cooking system

Cooking For Dummies

Low on culinary confidence? You’re not alone—plenty of folks can’t cook. But hiring a personal chef is not an option for 99% of us, and Ramen gets old quick. Vita Craft has a solution—the RFIQ. It’s an induction-powered cooktop and cookware system that uses radio-frequency technology to assist the amateur chef in preparing a meal. When a special recipe card with a radio frequency transmitter is scanned under the reader in the pan’s handle, the system goes to work. The pan and hotplate communicate with each other 16 times per second during preparation (married couples please note). The hotplate will adjust heat automatically and, with audible step-by-step instructions, guide the budding baker through the necessary steps to produce a pièce-de-résistance for the night’s consumption. Cost is $600. Comes with three RF recipe cards, but more are available. Be advised—the system won’t hold your hand through the prep work. It assumes you know how to chop vegetables.

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