Severe Weather AlertsSevere weather can hit at any time, and the Public Information Center wants people to know where they can find information.
Severe weather can hit at any time, and the Public Information Center wants people to know where they can find information.
If you live in the Grand Forks area, you will see a crawl at the bottom of your t.v. screen that warns you about weather issues.
At the end, the warning will tell you to turn to channel 19 for more information, but you have to wait until the crawl is done.
There is a delay that occurs to decode the message to make the switch to that channel.
"When a weather alert comes out, it comes from the National Weather Service, the National Weather Service sends a coded message to Midcontinent Communications, that message then needs to be decoded and information put on channel 19." said public information officer Kevin Dean.
Dean says the message takes about fifteen to twenty seconds to decode, and then you can switch to channel 19 for further information on severe weather.