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Weather Radio All Hazards

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"The Voice of the National Weather Service"
General Information
Broadcast Information
ROUTINE PRODUCTS

Hourly
Weather
Roundup
Provides hourly weather conditions such as temperature and sky condition for locations across the region. Updated every hour approximately 10 minutes after the hour.
Regional
Weather
Summary
A plain language explanation of Central Plains weather conditions during the past several hours, along with a forecast discussion for the next day or two.   Issued around 430 AM, 930-1130 AM, and 430 PM. Updated as conditions warrant.
Zone
Forecast
Seven day forecast tailored for the transmitter listening area Issued around 400 AM and 400 PM. Updated as conditions warrant.
Traveler's
Forecast
24-hour forecast for selected cities across the region Issued at 530 AM and 530 PM and plays for 3 hours.
Daily
Climate
Climate information for selected locations within the listening area. Issued at 400 AM and 530 PM and plays every 20 minutes for several hours.
Hazardous
Weather
Outlook
Plain language explanation of any potential hazardous weather expected in the area with emphasis on the what, when, and where of the hazard. Issued around 600 AM throughout the year, with an additional issuance around 1200 pm from April 1 to September 30. Additional updates may be done as conditions warrant.
Short
Term
Forecast
Provides a detailed forecast of significant weather expected to affect the area over the next 1 to 3 hours. Issued and updated as conditions warrant.
Significant Weather Advisory (Special Weather Statement) Primarily issued for strong, but "non-severe"  thunderstorms that are expected to remain below severe limits. May also be issued as a "heads up" prior to severe weather moving into an area.  Issued as conditions warrant
Routine
Weekly
Test
A weekly test of the NOAA Weather Radio SAME technology and alert tones. Provides listeners with an opportunity to verify that their NOAA Weather Radio is functioning properly and is correctly programmed. Test is usually performed each Wednesday at around 1100 AM, but is cancelled if hazardous weather is ongoing or is expected shortly.

 

PRODUCTS BROADCAST WITH ALERT TONES
Severe
Thunderstorm
Watch
Issued by the Storm Prediction Center when conditions are favorable for thunderstorms with wind gusts of 58 mph or greater and/or large hail the size of pennies or larger.
Tornado
Watch
Issued by the Storm Prediction Center when conditions are favorable for tornadoes.
Severe
Thunderstorm
Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when a thunderstorm is capable of producing quarter size or larger hail and/or 58 mph or greater winds.
Tornado
Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when a thunderstorm is capable of producing a tornado or a tornado has been sighted.
Flash
Flood
Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when flash flooding is occurring or is imminent according to doppler radar rainfall estimates or actual observations.
Civil
Emergency
Message
Issued when a non-weather hazard poses a danger to the public. Normally done at the request of civil authorities.
Child
Abduction
Emergency (Amber Alert)
Broadcast at the request of law enforcement authorities when a child is suspected to have been recently abducted and is thought to be in considerable danger.
Winter
Storm
Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when hazardous winter weather is expected to occur. Hazardous winter weather is defined as: snow accumulations of 6 inches or more in 12 hours, or 8 or more inches in 24 hours; blowing and drifting snow deemed hazardous, but not reaching blizzard criteria; sleet accumulating to a depth of 1/2 inch or greater; or any combination of these.
Blizzard
Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when the following conditions are expected to prevail for an extended period (usually 3 hours or longer): 1. Wind speeds of 35 mph or more (this can be gusts or sustained), and 2. Considerable falling and/or blowing snow (i.e., visibility frequently at or below 1/4 mile).
Ice Storm Warning Issued by the National Weather Service when significant ice accumulations greater than or equal to 1/4 inch are expected, resulting in damage to trees and power lines along with widespread slick roads.
High
Wind
Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when sustained winds of 40 mph or greater are expected to last for one hour or longer, or winds (sustained or gusts) to 58 mph or greater are expected for any length of time.
Severe
Weather
Statement*
A follow-up message to provide updates to or cancel a Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Warning. Normally not broadcast with the alert tones, but may be done at the discretion of operational staff.
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