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NOAA Weather Radio:

24 Hour Continuous broadcasting from the National Weather Service

Frequencies:
• 162.400 MHz
• 162.425 MHz
• 162.450 MHz
• 162.475 MHz
• 162.500 MHz
• 162.525 MHz
• 162.550 MHz

Click here for a listing of NOAA Weather Radio stations in your area.

By nature and by design, NOAA Weather Radio coverage is limited to an area within 40 miles of the transmitter. The quality of what is heard is dictated by the distance from the transmitter, local terrain, and the quality and location of the receiver. In general, those using a high quality receiver on flat terrain or at sea can expect reliable reception far beyond 40 miles. Those with standard receivers, surrounded by large buildings in cities and those in mountain valleys may experience little or no reception at considerably less than 40 miles. If possible, a receiver should be tested in the location where it will be used prior to purchase.

NOAA Weather Radio is directly available to approximately 70 to 80 percent of the U.S. population. The National Weather Service is currently engaged in a program to increase coverage to 95 percent of the population.

If you have a question regarding technical aspects of NOAA Weather Radio (such as transmitter locations and reception and transmitter characteristics of a station) or are interested in becoming a partner with the National Weather Service in identifying or providing local funding and facilities for the installation of a Weather Radio transmitter, please contact your nearest National Weather Service Office or the National Weather Service, Dissemination Systems Section (Attn: W/OSO153), 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

If you have a question about the weather information broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio, please contact the local National Weather Service office responsible for programming the station, or the National Weather Service, Office of Meteorology, Customer Service (Attention: W/OMII), 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or click in here for more information.

In the most sophisticated alerting system, NOAA Weather Radio Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME), digital coding is employed to activate only those special receivers programmed for specific emergency conditions in a specific area, typically a county. SAME can activate specially equipped radio and cable television receivers and provide a short text message that identifies the location and type of emergency. SAME will be the primary activator for the new Emergency Alert System planned by the Federal Communications Commission.

Under a January 1975 White House policy statement, NOAA Weather Radio was designated the sole Government-operated radio system to provide direct warnings into private homes for both natural disasters and nuclear attack. This concept is being expanded to include warnings for all hazardous conditions that pose a threat to life and safety, both at a local and national level.

NOAA Weather Radio currently broadcasts from over 425 FM transmitters in fifty states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan on seven frequencies in the VHF band, ranging from 162.400 to 162.550 megahertz (MHz). These frequencies are outside the normal AM or FM broadcast bands.

Special radios that receive only NOAA Weather Radio, both with and without special alerting features, are available from several manufacturers. In addition, other manufacturers are including NOAA Weather Radio as a special feature on an increasing variety of receivers. NOAA Weather Radio capability is currently available on some automobile, aircraft, marine, citizens band, and standardAM/FM radios as well as communications receivers, transceivers, scanners, and cable TV.

NOAA Weather Radio is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As the "Voice of the National Weather Service," it provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from local National Weather Service offices. Weather messages are repeated every 4 to 6 minutes and are routinely updated every I to 6 hours or more frequently in rapidly changing local weather or if a nearby hazardous environmental condition exists. Most stations operate 24 hours daily.

The regular broadcasts are specifically tailored to weather information needs of the people within the service area of the transmitter. For example, in addition to general weather information, stations in coastal areas provide information of interest to mariners. Other specialized information, such as hydrological forecasts and climatological data may be broadcast.

During severe weather, National Weather Service forecasters can interrupt the routine weather broadcasts and insert special warning messages concerning imminent threats to life and property. The forecaster can also add special signals to warnings that trigger "alerting" features of specially equipped receivers. In the simplest case, this signal activates audible or visual alarms, indicating that an emergency condition exists within the broadcast areas of the station being monitored, and alerts the listener to turn up the volume and stay tuned for more information. More sophisticated receivers are automatically turned on and set to an audible volume when an alert is received.

NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies (By Location):

Alabama
Georgia
Maine
Nevada
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Alaska
Hawaii
Mariana Islands
New Hampshire
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands
Arizona
Idaho
Massachusetts
New Jersey
Rhode Island
Washington
Arkansas
Illinois
Michigan
New Mexico
South Carolina
West Virginia
California
Indiana
Minnesota
New York
South Dakota
Wisconsin
Colorado
Iowa
Mississippi
Noth Carolina
Tennessee
Wyoming
Connecticut
Kansas
Missouri
North Dakota
Texas
 
Delaware
Kentucky
Montana
Oklahoma
Utah
 
Florida
Louisiana
Nebraska
Oregon
Vermont
 

Alabama
ANNISTON 162.475
AUBURN 162.525
BIRMINGHAM 162.550
CULLMAN 162.450
DEMOPOLIS 162.475
DOZIER 162.550
FLORENCE 162.475
FORT PAYNE 162.500
HUNTSVILLE 162.400
JACKSON 162.500
LOUISVILLE 162.475
MOBILE 162.550
MONTGOMERY 162.400
TUSCALOOSA 162.400
WINFIELD 162.525

Alaska
ANCHORAGE 162.550
CORDOVA 162.550
CRAIG 162.400
FAIRBANKS 162.550
HAINES 162.400
HOMER 162.400
JUNEAU 162.550
KETCHIKAN 162.550
KODIAK 162.550
NOME 162.550
SEWARD 162.55
SITKA 162.550
VALDEZ 162.550
WRANGELL 162.400
YAKUTAT 162.400

Arizona
FLAGSTAFF 162.400
GRAND CANYON (Hopi Point) 162.475
PHOENIX 162.550
PRESCOTT 162.525
TUCSON 162.400
WINDOW ROCK 162.550
YUMA 162.550

Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE 162.475
FORT SMITH 162.550
GURDON 162.475
JONESBORO 162.550
LITTLE ROCK 162.550
MOUNTAIN VIEW 162.400
RUSSELLVILLE 162.525
STAR CITY 162.400
TEXARKANA 162.550

California
BAKERSFIELD 162.550
COACHELLA 162.400
EUREKA 162.400
FRESNO 162.400
GRASS VALLEY(Wolf Mt.) 162.400
LOSANGELES 162.550
MONTEREY 162.550
MONTEREY MARINE 162.450
PT ARENA/UKIAH 162.550
REDOING 162.550
SACRAMENTO 162 550
SAN DIEGO 162.400
SAN FRANCISCO 162.400
SAN FRANCISCOvAR'NE 162.450
SAN LUIS OBISPO 162.550
SANTAANNA MOUNTAINS 162.450
SANTA BARBARA 162.400
SANTABARBARAMAR`NE 162.475 Colorado

Colorado
ALAMOSA 162.475
BETHUNE 162.525
COLORADO SPRINGS 162.475
DENVER 162.550
FORT COLLINS 162.450
GRAND JUNCTION 162.550
GREELEY 162.400
LA JUNTA 162.500
MEAD/LONGMONT 162.475
GREELEY 162.400
LA JUNTA 162.500
MEAD/LONGMONT 162.475
PUEBLO 162.400
STERLING 162.400

Connecticut
HARTFORD 162.475
MERIDEN 162.400
NEW LONDON 162.550

Delaware
LEWES 162.550

Florida
BELLE GLADE 162.400
DAYTONABEACH 162.400
EASTPOINT 162.500
FORT MYERS 162.475
FORT PIERCE 162.425
GAINESVILLE 162.475
INVERNESS 162.400
JACKSONVILLE 162.550
KEY WEST 162.400
MELBOURNE 162.550
MIAMI 162.550
OCALA 162.525
ORLANDO 162.475
PANAMACITY 162.550
PENSACOLA 162.400
SALEM 162.425
SEBRiNG 162.500
TALLAHASSEE 162.400
TAMPA 162.550
WEST PALM BEACH 162.475

Georgia
ATHENS 162.400
ATLANTA 162.550
AUGUSTA 162.550
BAXLEY 162.525
CHATSWORTH 162.400
COLUMBUS 162.400
MACON 162.475
PELHAM 162.550
SAVANNAH 162.400
VALDOSTA 162.500
WAYCROSS 162.475
WAYNESBORO 162.425

Hawaii
HAWAII (South Point) 162.550
HAWAII (Kulani Cone) 162.550
KAUAI (Kokee) 162.400
MAUI (Mt. Haleakaia) 162.400
OAHU (Mt. Kaala) 162.550
OAHU (Hawaii Kai) 162.400

Idaho
BOISE 162.550
LEWISTON 162.550
MCCALL 162.475
POCATELLO 162.550
TWIN FALLS 162.400

Illinois
CHAMPAIGN 162.550
CHICAGO 162.550
MARION 162.425
PEORIA 162.475
ROCK ISLAND/MOLINE 162.550
ROCKFORD 162.475
SPRINGFIELD 162.400

Indiana
BLOOMINGTON 162.450
EVANSVILLE 162.550
FORT WAYNE 162.550
INDIANAPOLIS 162.550
LAFAYETTE (Yeoman) 162.475
LOUISVILLE, KY 162.475
MARION 162.450

SOUTH BEND 162.400
TERRE HAUTE 162.400

lowa
CEDAR RAPIDS 162.475
DES MOINES 162.550
DUBUQUE 162.400
SIOUX CITY 162.475
WATERLOO 162.550

Kansas
CHANUTE 162.400
COLBY/GOODLAND 162.400
CONCORDIA 162.550
DODGE CITY 162.475
ELLSWORTH 162.400
LENORA 162.425
TOPEKA 162.425
TRIBUNE 162.550
WICHITA 162.550

Kentucky
ASHLAND 162.550
80WLING GREEN 162.400
COVINGTON 162.550
ELIZABETHTOWN 162.550
HAZARD 162.475
JACKSON 162.425
LEXINGTON 162.400
MADISON COUNTY (CSEPP) 162.525
MAYFIELD 162.475
PAINTSVILLE 162.525
PIKEVILLE 162.400
SOMERSET 162.550

Louisiana
ALEXANDRIA 162.475
BATON ROUGE 162.400
BURAS 162.475
LAFAYETTE 162.550
LAKE CHARLES 162.400
MONROE 162.550
MORGAN CITY 162.475
NEW ORLEANS 162.550
SHREVEPORT 162.400

Maine
CARIBOU 162.125
DRESDEN 162.475
ELLSWORTH 162.400
FALMOUTH 162. 550

Mariana Islands
SAIPAN (Ml. Tapochau) 162.550
GUAM (Nimitz Hill) 162.400
Maryland
BALTIMORE 162.400
HAGERSTOWN 162.475
SALISBURY 162.475

Massachusetts
BOSTON 162.475
HYANNIS (Camp Edwards) 162.550
MT GREYLOCK 162.525
WORCESTER 162.550

Michigan
ALPENA 162.550
DETROIT 162.550
FLINT 162.475
GAYLORD 162.500
GRAND RAPIDS 162.550
HESPERIA 162.475
HOUGHTON 162.400
MARQUETTE 162.550
ONONDAGA 162.400
OSHTEMO 162.475
SAULT STE MARIE 162.550
TRAVERSE CITY 162.400

Minnesota
BEMIDJI 162.425
DETROIT LAKES 162.400
DULUTH 162.550
INTERNATIONAL FALLS 162.5506

MANKATO 162.400
MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL 162.550
INTERNATIONAL FALLS 162.550
ROOSEVELT 162.475
ST CLOUD 162.475
THIEF RIVER FALLS 162.550
WILLMAR 162.475

Mississippi
ACKERMAN 162.475
BOONEVILLE 162.550
BUDE 162.550
COLUMBIA 162.400
GULFPORT 162.400
HATTIESBURG 162.475
INVERNESS 162.550
JACKSON 162.400
MERIDIAN 162.550
OXFORD 162.400

Missouri
BOURBON 162.525
CAMDENTON 162.550
COLUMBIA 162.400
HANNIBAL 162.475
HERMITAGE 162.450
JOPLIN 162.425
KANSAS CITY 162.550
SIKESTON 162.400
SPRINGFIELD 162.400
ST. JOSEPH 162.400
ST LOUIS 162.550
SUMMERSVILLE 162.475

Montana
BILLINGS 162.550
BUTTE 162.550
GLASGOW 162.400
GLENDIVE 162.475
GREAT FALLS 162.550
HAVRE (Squaw Butte) 162.400
HELENA 162.400
KALISPELL 162.550
MILES CITY 162.400
MISSOULA 162.400
PLENTYWOOD 162.475
SCOBEY 162.450

Nebraska
BASSETT 162.475
GRAND ISLAND 162.400
HOLDREGE 162.475
LINCOLN 162.475
MERRIMAN 162.400
NORFOLK 162.550
NORTH PLATTE 162.550
OMAHA 162.400
SCOTTSBLUFF 162.550

Nevada
ELKO 162.550
ELY (Cave Mhn) 162.400
EUREKA 162.550
HAWTHORNE 162.475
NORTHWEST NEVADA 162.450
HAWTHORNE 162.475
LAS VEGAS (Boulder City) 162.550
RENO 162.550
WINNEMUCCA 162.400

New Hampshire
CONCORD 162.400

New Jersey
ATLANTIC CITY 162.400

New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE 162.400
CARLSBAD 162.475
CLOVIS 162.475 DES MOINES 162.550
FARMINGTON 162.475
HOBBS 162400
LAS CRUCES 162 400
RUIDOSO 162 550
SANTA FE 162 550

New York
ALBANY 162.550
BINGHAMPTON 162.475
BUFFALO 162.550
ELMIRA 162.400
KINGSTON 162.475
NEW YORK CITY 162.550
RIVERHEAD 162.475
ROCHESTER 162.400
STAMFORD 162.400
SYRACUSE 162.550
WATERTOWN 162.475

North Carolina
ASHEVILLE 162.400
BADEN 162.425
CAPE HATTERAS 162.475
CHARLOTTE 162.475
FAYETTEVILLE 162.475
NEW BERN 162.400
RALEIGH/DURHAM 162.550
ROCKY MOUNT 162.475
WILMINGTON 162.550
WINSTON-SALEM 162.400

North Dakota
BISMARCK 162.475
DEVILS LAKE 162.425
DICKINSON 162.400
FARGO 162.475
GRAND FORKS 162.475
JAMESTOWN 162.550
MINOT 162.400
PETERSBURG 162.400
WILLISTON 162.550

Ohio
AKRON 162.400
BRIDGEPORT 162.525
CLEVELAND 162.550
COLUMBUS 162.550
DAYTON 162.474
HIGH HILL 162.475
LIMA 162.400
SANDUSKY 162.400
TOLEDO 162.550

Oklahoma
CLINTON 162.475
ENID 162.475
LAWTON 162.550
MCALESTER 162.475
OKLAHOMA CITY 162.400
PONCACITY 162.450
TULSA 162.550

Oregon
ASTORIA 162.400
BEND/REDMOND 162.500
BROOKINGS 162.550
COOS BAY 162.400
EUGENE 162.400
HERMISTON 162.425
KLAMATH FALLS 162.550
MEDFORD 162.400
MT ASHLAND 162.475
NEWPORT 162.550
PENDLETON 162.400
PORTLAND 162.550
ROSEBURG 162.550
SALEM 162.475
TILLAMOOK 162.475
UMATILLA 162.500

Pennsylvania
ALLENTOWN 162.400
CLEARFIELD 162.550
ERIE 162.400
HARRISBURG 162.550
JOHNSTOWN 162.400
PHILADELPHIA 162.475
PITTSBURGH 162.550
STATE COLLEGE 162.475
TOWANDA 162.550
WELLSBORO 162.475
WILKES-BARRE 162.550
WILLIAMSPORT 162.400

Puerto Rico
MARICAO 162.550
SAN JUAN 162.400

Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE 162.400

South Carolina
BEAUFORT 162.475
CHARLESTON 162.550
COLUMBIA 162.400
CONWAY/MYRTLE BEACH 162.400
CROSS 162.475
FLORENCE 162.550
GREENVILLE 162.550
SUMTER 162.475

South Dakota
ABERDEEN 162.475
HURON 162.550
PIERRE 162.400
RAPID CITY 162.550
SIOUX FALLS 162.400

Tennessee
BRISTOL 162.550
CHATTANOOGA 162.550
COOKEVILLE 162.400
JACKSON 162.550
KNOXVILLE 162.475
LAWRENCEBURG 162.425
MEMPHIS 162.475
NASHVILLE 162.550
SHELBYVILLE 162.475
WAVERLY 162.400

Texas
ABILENE 162.400
AMARILLO 162.550
AUSTIN 162.400
BEAUMONT 162.475
BIG SPRING 162.475
BROWNSVILLE 162.550
BRYAN/COLLEGESTATiON 162.550
DALLAS/FT WORTH 162.400
CORPUS CHRISTI 162.550
DEL RIO 162.400
EL PASO 162.475
GALVESTON 162.550
HOUSTON 162.400
KERRVILLE 162.450
LAREDO 162.475
LLANO 162.425
LUBBOCK 162.400
LUFKIN 162.550
ODESSAVMIDLAND 162.400
PARIS 162.550
PHARR 162.400
SANANGELO 162.550
SAN ANTONIO 162.550 SHERMAN 162.475
TYLER 162.475
VICTORIA 162.400
WACO 162.475
WICHITA FALLS 162.475

Utah
LAKE POWELL 162.550
LOGAN 162.400
MILFORD/CEDAR CITY 162.400
SALT LAKE CITY 162.550
ST GEORGE (Utah Hill) 162.475
TOOELE (South Mt.) 162.450
TOOELE (demon Hills) 162.525
VERNAL 162.400

Vermont
BURLINGTON 162.400
MARLBORO 162.425
WINDSOR 162.475

Virginia
HEATHSVILLE 162.400
LYNCHBURG 162.550
NORFOLK 162.550
RICHMOND 162.475
ROANOKE 162.475
WASHINGTON, DC (Manassas) 162.550

Virgin Islands
ST THOMAS 162.475

Washington
NEAH BAY 162.550
OKANAGAN (funk Mt.) 162.525
OLYMPIA 162.475
PORTANGELESMAR'NE 162.425
RICHLAND 162.450
SEATTLE 162.550
SPOKANE 162.400
WENATCHEE 162.475
YAKIMA 162.550

West Virginia
BECKLEY 162.550
CHARLESTON 162.400
CLARKSBURG 162.550
GILBERT 162.475
HINTON 162.425
MOOREFIELD 162.400
SPENCER 162.500
SUTTON 162.450

Wisconsin
ADAMS 162.400
GREEN BAY 162.550
LACROSSE 162.550
MADISON 162.550
MENOMONIE 162.400
MILWAUKEE 162.400
PARK FALLS 162.500
SISTER BAY 162.425
WAUSAU 162.475

Wyoming
CASPER MOUNTAIN 162.550
CHEYENNE162.475
LANDER 162.475
SHERIDAN 162.475



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