Summer of thunderstorms in Idaho's Panhandle

By: Raydarguy , 11:04 PM GMT on August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014
This summer we have had thunderstorms with attendant winds and hail at a frequency higher than usual.
Power companies have been kept busy and power to this station has been interrupted four times thus far, twice for over 24 hours.
The emergency generator has been put to good use as it senses a power loss and starts up within a minute or two. While this is a excellent system for assuring power is supplied to refrigerators and emergency heat sources, the couple of minute gap is long enough to knock the television and the weather station off.
On the to-do menu: Shop for an UPS that will bridge the gap between loss of power and generator getting up to speed.
The downside of an UPS. Maintaining the batteries: As with anything that is battery-centric such as smoke alarms, flash lights, and security systems, the UPS system battery is another that will need to be monitored, and changed periodically.
Question is: do I need another system to maintain. In the spirit of adding data to the weather forecasters' pool of information, I say heck yes (**oh please**, I just think it would be a neat thing to do).

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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