What is NOAA and NWS?

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Eel River Delta Flooding in Ferndale, CA
  Photo Courtesy of Humboldt Office of Emergency Services.

NOAA is a government agency and stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Many people think NOAA is just weather but these folks have some of the most amazing super computers and satellites that help to provide data both above and below ground to monitor anything and everything related to weather and climate. They also monitor oceans and coasts; are involved in fisheries and marine sanctuaries; administer fleets of ships, aircraft and trains through their Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and maintain the nations nautical charts. And you thought they only issued alerts when there were weather related advisories!

The National Weather Service is a division of NOAA. They provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. This is probably what most of us are familiar with. In particular C. Crane uses the NOAA Weather Radio Service as part of many of the radios we manufacture. Several of our radios even have the ability to issue an alert if there is an emergency.

Over the years, we’ve received several letters, testimonials and reviews from folks who were extremely grateful to own a radio during an emergency and even a few who are certain that the warnings issued kept them out of harm’s way.

With all of the recent weather we’ve experienced here in Northern California, we’re reminded how important it is to be prepared and how much having a battery operated (or a wind up) radio assists with that goal. Below are some pictures of the flooding and downed trees we’ve been experiencing. Our Governor, declared a state of emergency for our county as well as many others in California due to all of the storms.

Tell us in the comments how radio (whether one of ours or not) has helped you during a storm or other emergency and be entered to win the CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather and Airband Portable Radio. Please one entry per person. Drawing to be held February 13th 2017.

Congratulations JB Quayle on your win of the CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather and Airband Portable Radio!

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Ferndale Road. Photo Courtesy of Annette Adams

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You may think this is the Amazon River, but it’s actually the Eel River at flood stage moving at 300,000 cubic feet per second. Photo Courtesy Bob Crane.

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Hiking in Avenue of the Giants. Photo Courtesy Seth Downey

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Watching the waters rise. Photo courtesy Deanna Tocyzl

 

 

Toast to Radio in the New Year!

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Rather than New Year’s Resolutions, which really seem to be more like resolutions we plan not to keep and beat ourselves up about, this year we’re recommending something different – Listen to more radio :). And while that is tongue in cheek, we are actually sincere in our intentions.

This past year we challenged our entire staff from management to customer service to shipping and everyone in between to listen to a podcast. What we found is was that for some it was easy, for others it was more difficult to find content that really resonated with them. The reasons behind this were as varied as the individuals themselves – for example, some listen to a lot of talk but they choose audiobooks; others prefer to listen to music exclusively. Some already have extensive listening habits and preferences and found it difficult to squeeze in something new. Some folks tried several and couldn’t seem to find something right for them. And then there were a few that chose not to share because, well radio is personal and can provide a sense of what that person may think or be interested in and that’s more than they care to divulge to others.

So this year we’re upping the challenge. Find one new podcast or radio show a quarter and you have to listen more than once before you throw it into the mix. Now this doesn’t have to be “new” from the standpoint as new to the market, but new to you. Below are some of the results of our team’s initial foray into podcasts. Please tell us in the comments what radio show you decide to listen to this year or if you try out one of the ones below (please keep in mind that the content of any of the shows in not in any way affiliated with C. Crane and they may have content – because the FCC isn’t regulating – that is not appropriate for all listeners)!

C. Crane Staff Podcast Results 

Here is the podcast I listen to pretty regularly, a couple times a week. It is Chalene Johnson, and there are so many episodes anyone and everyone can relate to. And she talks like she is sitting right in your car with you. http://podbay.fm/show/911042029

http://www.podcastone.com/shift-and-steer

http://www.podcastone.com/Steve-Austin-Show

http://www.podcastone.com/KCRWs-Good-Food

The Dr. Drew Podcast and Dr. Drew’s Loveline. I used to listen to the Loveline show religiously but it was cancelled recently!

Heather Dubrow’s World http://www.podcastone.com/heather-dubrows-world

iHeart: Jillian Michaels https://www.iheart.com/show/The-Jillian-Michaels-Show/

New Podcast: Have listened to more of Michael Harrison’s Up Close and Far Out http://www.podcastone.com/up-close-and-far-out

Love Podcasts (I have been listening to for quite a while but found some interesting new ones) They can be addictive because there is so much to listen to. http://www.lovelineshow.com/blog?categoryID=16

The voice after the last episode https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/voice-afterbuzz-tv-aftershow/id434703649?mt=2

Some beagle podcasts, The bachelor after the rose https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/after-the-rose-podcast/id998747927?mt=2, The Laura Ingraham show http://www.podcastone.com/The-Laura-Ingraham-Show-Podcast

I was striking out on new Podcasts. Most of them I found really irritating and often poorly produced (even “the professional” ones) and I was surprised. Either that or they were like listening to an episode of reality TV and I’m just not a fan.  I listen to some regularly – like Brendon Burchard http://podbay.fm/show/821746377 and Tony Robbins https://www.tonyrobbins.com/podcast/,  but I did find some new ones that I enjoy:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/deathsexmoney/

http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts

and some more to try

http://www.levo.com/articles/lifestyle/10-best-podcasts-for-women

I have been listening to Podcastone for quite some time. I used to listen to Loveline but that show is no longer on air. Now I listen to The Adam and Dr Drew Show http://www.podcastone.com/Adam-and-Dr-Drew-Show and  Dr. Drew by himself http://www.podcastone.com/Dr-Drew-Show. As far as listening to a new podcast I am trying out Bulletproof Radio http://www.podcastone.com/bulletproof-radio.

Get Off Your Fat Blog and Take a Photo” – B&H Photography Podcast https://soundcloud.com/bh-photography-podcast/get-off-your-fat-blog-and-take-a-photo

Grammar Girl quick and dirty tips for better writing 528 GG Adjectives, Logic Fallacies http://podbay.fm/show/173429229/e/1470348900?autostart=1

http://www.kgoradio.com/category/podcasts/john-rothmann-podcast-podcasts/

https://serialpodcast.org/ – to learn more about this read the about serial link https://www.thisamericanlife.org/about/serial

http://www.alisonrosen.com/ariynbf/

http://www.jennakimjones.com/podcast/

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/philosophy-talk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts

 

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Happy Holidays from C. Crane!

C. Crane is celebrating the holidays with a silly Ugly Sweater Contest… who do you think should win?!

 

 

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways Winner

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December 19th, 2016

Congratulations to D DePriest who won the final trivial question, Without looking it up… Name That Song! “Tis the season to be jolly”

Answer… Deck the Halls!

Thanks to everyone who participated in C. Crane’s 2016 12 Days of Giveaways!

 

 

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

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December 16th, 2016:

Congratulations to DK21, winner of the CC Pocket Radio

Last Day’s Giveaway: C. Crane Radio of your choice! Excludes Aego Speaker Products.

Today is you last chance to win! All you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: Without looking it up… Name That Song! “Tis the season to be jolly”

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

holiday-cheerDecember 15th, 2016:

Congratulations to Mnatt Sisak, winner of the CC LED Spot XB Spotlight

Today’s giveaway: CC Pocket Radio

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: What is the biggest gift failure you ever gave someone?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

holiday-cheerDecember 14th, 2016:

Congratulations to Ruby, winner of the Senta Ally Bluetooth® Stereo Speaker

Today’s giveaway: CC LED Spot XB Spotlight

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: What is your favorite holiday meal or food tradition?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

12 Days of Giveaways

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December 13th, 2016:

Congratulations to Dave Minchella, winner of the Emergency Windup CC LED Lantern

Today’s giveaway: Senta Ally Bluetooth® Stereo Speaker

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: Do you ever make gifts yourself? If so, what have you made?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

 

 

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

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December 12th, 2016:

Congratulations to Greg, winner of the  Senta-40 Wooden Headphones

Today’s giveaway:  Emergency Windup CC LED Lantern

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: What organizations do you done time or money to at Christmas?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!

C. Crane 12 Days of Giveaways

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December 9th, 2016:

Congratulations to Terry Story, winner of the Unity Plus LED Flashlight.

The Answer of the blog trivia question Peter, Paul and Mary had this No. 1 song during Christmas 1969? ‘Leaving on a jet plane’

Today’s giveaway:  Senta-40 Wooden Headphones

For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on today’s blog question.

Today’s blog question: What is your favorite Christmas or Holiday themed Radio Station?

The winner will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced the following business day. One entry per person, per day please. Shipping only to the 48 contiguous states. Good luck and thanks for participating!