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NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards


Station KZZ-65 (Bloomington)

KZZ-65 operates 24 hours a day at a frequency of 162.525 MHz. KZZ-65 operates at 300 watts of power, from a transmitter located west of I-55 in Bloomington.

KZZ-65 serves 3 counties in central Illinois:

  • McLean (017113)
  • Tazewell (017179)
  • Woodford (017203)

To see a map of the listening area, click here.

Numbers in parentheses are used for the Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME), utilized by some NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards receivers.

Listeners in Tazewell and Woodford Counties can also receive severe weather information on station WXJ-71 in Peoria, and Woodford County is also covered by station WXK-24 in Odell.  


Routine Programming:

  • Regional Weather Synopsis:  This product gives an overview of the weather patterns that will affect the Midwest the next couple days.  It airs continuously (except in severe weather), and is updated around 5 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, and 9 PM.

  • Short Term Forecast:  This product gives detailed information on weather that will affect the listening area within the next few hours.  It only airs as necessary, and is usually updated at least once an hour when it does air.

  • Bloomington and Vicinity Forecast:  A forecast for the next 7 days.  It airs continuously, and is routinely updated around 4 AM and 3:30 PM.  Updates in between these times occur as necessary.

  • Hourly Weather Roundup:  Detailed hourly observations for the Bloomington Airport, as well as temperature and observed weather at many locations around the Midwest, are updated at 2 minutes and 10 minutes past each hour.

  • Climate Summaries:  Daily summaries for observed conditions at the Bloomington and Peoria Airports air from 5 to 9 am, and 6 to 8 pm, at the top of the hour, and at :15, :30 and :45 each hour.

  • River Flood Statement:  If the Mackinaw River at Congerville, or Illinois River at Peoria, are above flood stage, a listing of current and forecast stages will be broadcast.  These air every 7 minutes, and are updated at 3 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM and 9 PM.


Non-Routine Programming:

During adverse weather conditions, some normal programming is suspended. This is done to broadcast more important information frequently.

  • During severe thunderstorm and tornado watches, and flood warnings, the following will NOT air: Climate Summary, Regional Weather Synopsis.

  • Most normal programming is eliminated during severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings.  Broadcast cycles are limited to severe weather watches and warnings, flood warnings, Short Term Forecasts, and Hourly Weather Roundups (local observations only).

When a severe weather watch or warning is issued, it is preceded by special alarm signals, which activate specially designed weather radios. These radios will alert you to the warning broadcast, through use of a siren or other means of notification. Radios that have the alarm feature and a battery backup are highly recommended. The cost of these radios range around $30, but may be as high as $80 for the programmable models, which allow you to screen out warnings that do not apply to your area. These radios can be found at many electronic stores.

 

In central Illinois, the alarm features will be used for the following messages:

  • Tornado Watches and Warnings
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings
  • Flash Flood Warnings
  • Blizzard Warnings
  • Non-Weather Emergency Messages
  • AMBER Alerts (SAME feature only)

 

This alarm feature is tested Wednesday between 11 AM and noon.   If severe weather is a threat, the test will be held the first available good-weather day.


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