I drove from Northeast Pennsylvania to upstate New Hampshire on Thursday, 5/5 and returned on Friday 5/6. On both trips, I repeatedly received a “Coastal Flood Advisory” alert on my 3597 through the Smartphone link app weather function. When I pressed the weather alert icon, nothing showed on the weather map. I traveled through PA, NY, VT and NH both ways and was nowhere near the coast.
When I checked the details via the weather app, I found that the NWS does indeed have a coastal flood advisory in effect for the coastal counties of NJ and DE. Normally, these alerts are issued by county. I have no idea why I was receiving the alert so far inland.
I’m curious if anyone else using Smartphone Link weather noticed this condition.
I've also noticed weather advisories with the Garmin Smartphone link app and even though the advisory did appear on my overall trip map, it did not include my travel route. Better safe than sorry? It was a small bother to me, not that the advisory was listed but that the alert came back every 30 minutes or so for me. This was about six months ago and was for a winter storm alert for Colorado as I travelled I-70.
I did find a new weather advisory on a route I took yesterday. I had a red Fire Weather Advisory on my route. Tapping the red alert took me to the weather map where the advisory areas were listed in a color that the map key indicated as 'Other.'
Then, too, my NOAA weather radio, even with SAME technology, gives me a piercing alert several times each year for areas far from me. This Smartlink issue may actually be caused by NOAA rather than any part of the Garmin app.
Sometimes they get coded as statewide...
Thanks for your input. This is the first such incident I've seen in the 2 years I've been using Smartphone Link. Normally, weather alerts are specific to my route or location.
Perhaps you and kch50428 are correct about it being a NOAA reporting issue.
Chances are, your cell data was from an IP address located in that area.
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