Far-Reaching Weather Alerts - 2015 Dodge Viper GT Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Dodge Viper GT: Far-Reaching Weather Alerts

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 30, 2015

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It doesn't rain much here in Los Angeles, so when we see clouds on the horizon, we tend to get a bit frantic. Freeway traffic stops completely, news tickers immediately read "STORM WATCH 2015!" and weather reporters don bright-yellow boots to brave the elements.

The weather-alert in our long term 2015 Dodge Viper had a similar reaction to a weather report last week and it chimed in during my commute to warn me of the impending doom.

As you can see in the first photo, the center screen in the Viper read "Flash Flood Warning." To me, this meant imminent danger. I wanted to know immediately where the water was and what routes home would be open and safe. In a low car like the Viper, large bodies of standing water are something you avoid at all costs. Of course, I immediately pressed the "Show Map" button. 

2015 Dodge Viper GT

The area in red is the Flash Flood Warning zone. If you know anything about the topography of Los Angeles, you'll understand why I let out a hearty laugh upon seeing the map.

Victorville, labeled on the upper right-hand corner of the map, is more than 100 miles from the Edmunds office in Santa Monica and there's an elevation difference of about 3,000 feet. There was almost zero chance that a flash flood was happening in both places at the same time, especially since it wasn't currently raining in either location. I suppose this kind of alert would be more useful on long road trips, but for my commute it was pretty useless.

The Viper's warning system kicked on once more along my short drive home, but this time I ignored it. And the grand total of rainfall in my area that day? Zero-point-zero inches. 

Travis Langness, Social Media Editor

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