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Old September 10th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #1
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Severe Weather? What do your cities sirens sound like?

Does your city get bad weather? Do you have warning sirens?

Here's what Chicago's sound like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0m1BN4ZmAQ



And just for fun; here's a storm we had about a week and a half ago. I didn't hear the sirens, but I know there was a tornado warning. It wasn't actually a tornado, but a double bow-echo storm that ended up blasting the entire Chicago area from north to south, east to west. Hurricane force winds, that were followed up by another storm about 3 hours later.

From highrise:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JEzbNfzZAs



In my neighborhood (gets good at 1 min 10sec):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtNOIIBIBJw


More highrise:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GenW-U9HRc

Office workers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0fAoWHkkbI


Here are the sirens in my hometown of Iowa City. It's more of a solid siren than Chicago's wailing sirens. This was a tornado that swept through the center of the city about 15 months ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElhLVSEpQxA

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Old September 10th, 2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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The sirens in Minneapolis sound like air raid sirens because they are the old air raid sirens from the cold war.

I suspect that most people outside of the Midwestern and southeastern US don't have severe weather sirens because they generally don't get many tornados or high wind thunderstorms.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 07:42 PM   #3
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We don't have any sirens in these parts, not much of a need since weather is rarely severe here.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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The sirens in Minneapolis sound like air raid sirens because they are the old air raid sirens from the cold war.

I suspect that most people outside of the Midwestern and southeastern US don't have severe weather sirens because they generally don't get many tornados or high wind thunderstorms.
I saw an article from Minneapolis that the city was trying to inform immigrants what the sirens mean. They talked to a lot of them, and when they hear them for the first time a lot of people freak out. They don't know english or understand what's happening. One woman said she threw her bike down and ran home as fast as she could because she thought she was going to be arrested or was in trouble. Sounds a bit strange since they're blasting over the whole city....but whatever. I guess an immigrant died last year during a storm because he didn't know what was going on and left his car and was killed by a falling tree. I can see freaking out when sirens suddenly start going off.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #5
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I've gotta say - this is a bizzare siren. I love how people in tornado alley just walk around and complain cause they hear them all the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1xc05HEwSk
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Old September 10th, 2007, 07:49 PM   #6
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And the Dallas, Texas area.

The sirens actually speak out over the whole city. Kinda creepy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIDXV0e3uLI
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Old September 10th, 2007, 08:26 PM   #7
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Last time sirens were used here was the WWII,during air raids.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 09:17 PM   #8
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Strange how most Americans today would just associate them with tornadoes, and Europeans probably have an entirely different view. Doesn't anyone else get dangerous tornadoes other than the American midwest and south?

What would a WWII generation person from London think if they were visiting Chicago and suddenly it was like that first link I posted?
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Old September 10th, 2007, 09:18 PM   #9
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San Francisco has old air-raid sirens from WWII (to warn against the Japanese bombing raids that never came), that still go off every Tuesday at noon. A couple years ago they were updated, and the wailing of the siren was shortened somewhat, and a voice was added afterwards, stating: "This is a test. This is a test of the outdoor warning system. This is only a test."

It does sound pretty ominous though, and can be heard throughout the city.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #10
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^ what's it actually for now though?

I was in Amsterdam at a friends a few weeks ago, and all the sudden at noon all these sirens started blasting. I woke him up out of curiosity and he said it was the monthly air-raid testing. I thought that was kinda fascinating, that it'd been going on so long. Who would bomb Amsterdam from the air in 2007?
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Old September 10th, 2007, 09:48 PM   #11
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I don't think Miami has sirens. Just the beaches I guess. It would all over the news and radio if a hurricane was coming.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 12:21 AM   #12
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I think there are sirens for volcanic eruption in the valley east of Tacoma, WA and also tsunami sirens at the coast of WA and Oregon. I believe they aren't WWII air raid sirens. I'm pretty sure they're newer versions of them.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 01:55 PM   #13
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There are flooding sirens in parts of the UK including around the River
Severn, whilst maximum security hospitals, some prisons and of
course military and nuclear power sites also have sirens.

The Broadmoor High Security Hospital in Berkshire tests it's sirens every
monday morning at 10am. The Sirens were installed after a patient
escaped in the 1950's and killed a little girl in a neighbouring village.

Broadmoor Sirens on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dByjdhWMBGQ
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Old September 11th, 2007, 02:07 PM   #14
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Actually,thinking a bit, I've found 1 place in Hungary,where alarm sirens go off twice a year. In the settlements close to our nuclear power plant. Trainings take place in every 6th month,and the local firefighters then practice evacuation.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 06:29 PM   #15
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Those chicago ones are pretty scary.

The only one ive heard in england is at war museums. Oh and there was this guy who lived near me who's dad had a world war one and he used to set it off every now and then!
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Old September 11th, 2007, 10:28 PM   #16
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Edmonton doesn't have tornado sirens. We use radios and tvs for severe weather. We took down our air-raid sirens in the late 90's.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 11:46 PM   #17
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My city doesn't have severe weather and I am sure there are no sirens.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 03:50 AM   #18
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NYC dosent have any
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Old September 12th, 2007, 03:59 AM   #19
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I guess I thought all cities had them. Maybe I've been in the midwest too long. I must say though, after living in Iowa my whole life and being use to the sirens a few times a year, when I was in the Loop (during that storm in the first link) and heard them, it definitely makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It was a creepy, almost paniced feeling - they were so loud and invading. You know you're among 3,000,000 people who suddenly all have their attention on the exact same thing. And you don't really know how to react.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 04:03 AM   #20
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Yeah, those sirens are real haunting. I actually cried while watching the video.

Maybe the sirens did go off here in the '87 Tornado and thus etched in my early developing memories?
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