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2010

Lexington/Johnson Lake NWR transmitter KGG-99 has changed frequencies to 162.425 MHz, and now provides watch, warning and advisory information for Phelps and Frontier counties, in addition to Dawson and Gosper...

In addition to this frequency change and addition of counties, NWS weather radio systems were re-configured to allow this transmitter to have its own INDEPENDENT broadcast program. Over the past several years, the KGG-99 broadcast was a simulcast of the WXL-75 transmitter located near Atlanta/Holdrege Nebraska. By separating these two broadcasts, KGG-99 now focuses more on its immediate listening area, and provides routine 7-day forecast information focused exclusively on Dawson and Gosper counties.

The Johnson Lake/Lexington NWR broadcast results from a joint project involving Dawson County Emergency Management, Central Public Power and Irrigation District and the National Weather Service.

 

2009

 

In 2009, more changes/updates were made to the NWR broadcast programs originating from the National Weather Service in Hastings. Here are the highlights:

** Severe Weather Statements for TORNADO WARNINGS are now sent with SAME codes (3 beeps) to greatly enhance the urgency of these statements not only for the NWR listener, but also for local media broadcasting these warnings and statements.

** A tower crew replaced the antenna and co-axial cable at the Giltner transmitter (WXL-74). An ice shield was also installed. All indications are that the broadcast range and broadcast quality have been greatly improved! In particular, there seems to be much better coverage in the York and Osceola areas.

** Fire weather products (Red Flag Warnings/Fire Weather Watches) have been added to the broadcast program

** A project was completed to considerably shorten the length of the broadcast cycle during times when Significant Weather Advisories are in effect. The broadcast cycle has always been very "short and to the point" during active Severe Thunderstorm Warnings or Tornado Warnings. Now, the issuance of Significant Weather Advisories for "near-severe" thunderstorms will also shorten the cycle. Please note that Significant Weather Advisories DO NOT activate alert tones.

 

2008

During the course of 2008, numerous changes/improvements were made to the NWR broadcast programs originating from the National Weather Service in Hastings. These changes included:

** The Hourly Weather Roundup product was updated on all 6 broadcasts to include several more cities and also to include a "recap" at the end -- repeating  the weather conditions at the "primary" observation sites within the listening area.

** County names were "activated" for Short Term Forecast (NOW) products to better specify areas of concern and reduce possible listener confusion, especially on the Cambridge, Superior and Ord transmitters that broadcast products from multiple offices.

** The "current time" announcement now plays at the end of EACH broadcast cycle. This may prove beneficial during warning operations so that listeners can take note of the actual time with respect to times given in warnings or statements.

** City names were added to the "intro" for the forecast product to better outline the valid forecast area.  Many of these cities will be rotated/changed on a regular basis.

 

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