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Station KXI-46 (Shelby County)

KXI-46 operates 24 hours a day at a frequency of 162.500 MHz. KXI-46 transmits at 300 watts of power, from the Clear Talk Communications tower located near Tower Hill, in western Shelby County.

KXI-46 serves 5 counties in central Illinois:

Christian (017021), Effingham (017049), Fayette (017051), Moultrie (017139), Shelby (017173).

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

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

Listeners in Christian County can also receive severe weather warnings on station WXJ-75 in Springfield.  Effingham County is also covered by station KXI-48 in Newton.  Fayette County is also covered by station KXI-49 in Salem, and KXI-79 in Hillsboro.  Moultrie County is also covered by station WXJ-76 in Champaign.


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.
  • Shelbyville and Vicinity Forecast:  A forecast for central Illinois for the next 7 days.  It airs continuously, and is routinely updated at 4 AM and 3:30 PM.  Updates in between these times occur as necessary.
  • Hourly Weather Roundup:  Detailed hourly observations for the Decatur Airport, as well as temperature and observed weather at many locations around the Midwest, are updated at 1 minute and 10 minutes past each hour.
  • Hazardous Weather OutlookThis product gives a summary of expected weather hazards over the next 7 days, and information on when storm spotters may need to be activated.  It airs from 6 to 8 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM, and 3 to 5 PM daily.
  • Climate Summaries:  Daily summaries for observed conditions at the Decatur Airport 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.


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.  In addition, the hourly weather roundup will include local stations only.

  • Most normal programming is eliminated during severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings.  Broadcast cycles are limited to severe weather watches and warnings, flood warnings, and Hourly Weather Roundup (local sites 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 features 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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