Testing day at the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has been testing new flash flood warning products, interlaced all over the place with the word TEST so that nobody will actually take action on them, throughout the day here and up in Washington state. Their test warnings have been the ultimate in worst case scenarios, and are somewhat amusing if not a little chilling considering that these things could actually happen:

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TEST…FLASH FLOOD WARNING…TEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
1124 AM EDT FRI SEP 14 2007

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR A DAM FAILURE ON
THE SANTEE RIVER BETWEEN THE SANTEE DAM AND U.S. HIGHWAY 52 IN…
NORTHERN BERKELEY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA…
NORTHEASTERN CHARLESTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA…

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. UNTIL THE FLOOD SUBSIDES AND EMERGENCY
OFFICIALS DECLARE THE AREA SAFE.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. AT 1121 AM EDT FRIDAY MORNING A FAILURE
OF THE SANTEE DAM ON THE SANTEE RIVER WAS REPORTED.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. IF YOU LIVE IN THE LOW LYING AREAS ON THE
SANTEE RIVER BETWEEN THE DAM AND U.S. HIGHWAY 52…YOU SHOULD MOVE
TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. FURTHER STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED AS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

Here’s out of Washington state blaming global warming (haha):

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TEST…FLASH FLOOD WARNING…TEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE WA
1235 PM PDT FRI SEP 14 2007

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED A

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR A GLACIAL LAKE DAM
OUTBURST IN…
CENTRAL LINCOLN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL WASHINGTON…

* UNTIL 230 PM PDT

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. AT 1235 PM PDT…A GLACIER AT DAVENPORT
HAS MELTED…RELEASING LARGE QUANTITIES OF IMPOUNDED WATER AND
CAUSING FLASH FLOODING.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. AFFECTED LOCATIONS INCLUDE DAVENPORT

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

Watch out for that volcanic ash, too…

TEST…FLASH FLOOD WARNING…TEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
1131 AM PDT FRI SEP 14 2007

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A
* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR VOLCANIC SNOW MELT IN…
SOUTHWESTERN KING COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WASHINGTON…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…PALMER…KENT…FEDERAL WAY…
ENUMCLAW…AUBURN…COVINGTON-SAWYER-WILDERNESS…
NORTHEASTERN LEWIS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WASHINGTON…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF PACKWOOD…
PIERCE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WASHINGTON…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…TACOMA…SUMNER…SPANAWAY…ROY…
PUYALLUP…ORTING…LONGMIRE…LAKEWOOD…KAPOWSIN…GREENWATER…
GRAHAM…EATONVILLE…BUCKLEY…ASHFORD…SUMMIT…

* UNTIL 130 PM PDT.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. AT 1131 AM PDT ADDITIONAL VOLCANIC
ACTIVITY ON MOUNT RAINIER AND WAS CAUSING RAPID SNOWMELT ON ITS
SLOPES AND GENERATING FLASH FLOODING.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. AFFECTED LOCATIONS INCLUDE
COVINGTON-SAWYER-WILDERNESS…SUMMIT…ASHFORD…AUBURN…BONNEY
LAKE…BUCKLEY…CARBONADO…EATONVILLE…ENUMCLAW…FEDERAL WAY…
GRAHAM…GREENWATER…KAPOWSIN…KENT…LAKEWOOD…LONGMIRE…MAPLE
VALLEY…ORTING…PACKWOOD…PALMER…PARKLAND…PUYALLUP…
RAVENSDALE…ROY…SPANAWAY…SUMNER…TACOMA AND WILKESON.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

It’s not every day you see doomsday being tested…

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Jared Smith, 30, is a web developer and weather enthusiast living in Charleston, SC.