Neighborhood S2: Yes, Weather is Intelligence

I’m a huge Lorne Green fan and I was just listening to one of his songs called “Endless Prairie.” It’s about pioneers making their way West.

I promise I’ll circle this back around to intelligence, but first, here’s how Green describes what happens:

“So we started,
and it was great to lope along and relax.
And then all at once,
a wind came down
and mashed us flat in our tracks.
The wagon got squashed like a stomped-on bug,
and then took off like a kite.
The sky popped its cork
like a billion-gallon jug,
And poured out a thick, black strap night.
But what hit us next wasn’t rightly rain.
It was more like big chunks of busted windowpane.”

I can just imagine being there, making my way West, and not knowing what the weather would bring from day to day.

In a grid down, worst case scenario, I ask how are you going to develop Early Warning for the weather?

Yes, weather is intelligence information. It’s typically referred to as Terrain and Weather, and it’s part of your job to track as the Neighborhood S2.

There are a couple of ways we can do it, but the first and easiest way is to simply tune a radio into your local National Weather Service broadcast frequency.

They’re in the range of 162.400 Mhz to 162.550 Mhz. Here’s a website where you can find your local frequency:

Get out your radio receiver — you should definitely have one (even a simple Bao Feng will do, although I really like my Yaesu FT-70DR) — and tune into listen.

Keep listening, and you’ll get the local weather forecast.

Since we’re entering tornado and flooding season, I encourage you to store this frequency in your radio. If the lights go out, you can keep track of local weather conditions on this channel.

I hope that doesn’t happen, but I know it will to someone somewhere, and maybe even to me.

Until next time, be well and stay out front.

Always Out Front,
Samuel Culper

Samuel Culper is a former Intelligence NCO and contractor. Iraq(x1)/Afghanistan(x2). He now studies intelligence and warfare.

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