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What is NOAA Weather Radio?

NOAA Weather Radio is a 24 hour a day...7 day a week continuous broadcast of weather information. With the touch of a button, the current conditions, 5 day forecast, and other pertinent weather information is available whenever you want it. More importantly, however, is the ability to get severe weather information the moment it is issued. Certain weather radio models have an alert feature that will be activated to alarm you of any watch or warning issued for your area.

Weather radio came into being in 1972, and was designated by the White House as the sole government-operated radio system to provide direct warnings into private homes for both natural disasters and nuclear attack. This concept has been expanded to included warnings for all hazardous conditions that pose a threat to life and property.

Generally, each NOAA Weather Radio transmitter has a listening area of approximately 40 miles from the transmitter site. Reception of the signal will vary depending on the quality of the receiver, local terrain, and distance from the transmitter. Currently, about 70 to 80 percent of the United States' population can receive a weather radio signal, with future plans to increase coverage to 95 percent.

NWS-La Crosse's NWR Transmitters

(click on the transmitter name for details)

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*colored rings represent approximate broadcast distance*

Local Information

La Crosse
KGG-95 Winona
Prairie Du Chien
WWG-89 Richland Center
St. Ansgar
Black River Falls

National and Other Information

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