Programming Schedule for All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio
The programming schedule consists of digitally recorded messages which run continuously and are routinely revised and updated to keep western Colorado and eastern Utah listeners informed of the latest weather information affecting the region. The entire broadcast cycle typically runs from 4 to 6 minutes in length, but may vary as conditions warrant. Routine products broadcast on the radios include, but are not limited to:
- Regional Weather Synopsis - an overview of the synoptic weather patterns affecting, or expected to affect western Colorado and/or eastern Utah within the 5-day forecast period, with emphasis given to the first 48 hours. Updated 3 times a day or as needed.
- Hazardous Weather Outlook - A daily product, issued early each morning but updated as needed. This outlook extends across a 7-day period, alerting the public to any weather, hydrologic, or no-precipitation even that has a significant chance of creating a harmful impact on people over the next week. These events may include, but are not limited to, lightning, heavy rain, significant snowfall, very dry conditions associated with fire potential and behavior, strong winds, dense fog, bitter cold, and extremely hot temperatures. The outlook will be appended with a spotter statement, expressing whether or not weather spotters will be needed that day.
- Local Forecasts - a 7-day forecast for sky condition, temperatures, precipitation, and wind.
- Current Regional Weather Conditions - updated hourly, this product gives complete hourly weather observations for selected cities in western Colorado and eastern Utah on the respective radios, as well as additional regional cities across the western U.S.
- Nowcasts - a short term forecast, concentrating on the next 1 to 3 hours, typically for a specific area or location. The forecast will incorporate current Doppler radar, satellite and automated/manned surface observations, to provide accurate and descriptive short-range outlooks.
- Other products - are broadcast as needed. These include Weather Warnings/Watches, Special Weather Statements, Public Information Statements, Avalanche Bulletins, and extreme Fire Weather Statements. Also, educational and promotional recordings covering various topics of interest to the general public are broadcast occasionally.
Weather Warning Alarms
When severe weather threatens a location within the County Warning Forecast Area (CWFA), the routine broadcast cycle will be interrupted in order to activate the warning alarm . This alarm triggers specially-built weather radios to sound, letting the listener know that important live weather information will be broadcast immediately.
Tests (during clear weather) of this warning alarm feature are normally conducted every Wednesday, between the hours of 11 AM and Noon.