This is my report on digital Tv and no fooling around storms-it sucks. We've had some few bad storms before last Friday (Good Friday turned into medium Bad Friday), but that was a doozy, tornado warnings all around, we heard our local tornado/civil defense/whatever siren going off for the first time actually. I went OH NOES.....
The report, short and to the point: Zip and nada for digital TV when you REALLY want and need it. Before with analog you could still get at least some sort of fuzzy radar map picture no matter how bad it got, and understand the audio, and keep getting it with a 15 buck black and white battery operated portable Tv. But with digital, nope and nope and nope, it doesn't work, and no cheap portables anyway. We didn't get hit directly with a tornado, but south of us a little took a lot of damage, and there's general damage all around (as most are aware I guess, the news has been covering southeast US storms pretty good.)
We lost power from friday afternoon until saturday morning, and I just got internet connection back a little while ago. We had just switched a few days previous, getting the bugs wortked out with help from the techs, to wireless internet again (barely get a signal, but still faster than dialup and cheaper, 1/2 price for what I was paying for a landline and dialup service) but dang if their tower didn't get smashed in the storm! What timing, huh? HAHA!
Anyway, the government will need to adopt some sort of slow scan radar image that could be gotten on a dedicated *analog* weather report device, like the have the radio service now, something that will _work_. This all digital TV stuff is NOT going to cut it with general storms like the US gets all the time. There's no way around it. No idea how to go about haranguing them to do it either, open for suggestions though as to what to recommend to pull this off (some of you radio and EE nerds might have some good input there).
Oh, and here's a bad storm survival tip if one does not have a storm/emergency bunker or basement, have motorcycle helmets with face shields handy. Protect your head and eyes for cheap.