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Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) Information
o What Products Are Tone Alarmed and/or SAME Encoded
o Broadcast Schedules and Description of Broadcast Products for Central Indiana
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 NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Transmitters

 

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Transmitter Location Station Frequency (MHz) Status Links
(Central IN only)
INDIANAPOLIS KEC-74 162.550 Status
BLOOMINGTON WXM-78 162.450 Status
PUTNAMVILLE WXK-72 162.400 Status
MONTICELLO WXK-74 162.475 Status
GEORGIA WWG-72 162.500 Status
EDWARDSPORT WWG-83 162.425 Status
NEWPORT KZZ-27 162.425 Status
SEYMOUR WWG-73 162.525 Status
MUNCIE KJY-93 162.425 Status
CHICAGO (IL) KWO-39 162.550  
SOUTH BEND WXJ-57 162.400  
FORT WAYNE WXJ-58 162.550  
NORTH WEBSTER WWG-45 162.450  
ANGOLA KXI-94 162.425  
RICHMOND KHB-52 162.500  
COVINGTON (KY) KIH-42 162.550  
EVANSVILLE KIG-76 162.550  
 NEW ALBANY (KY) KIH-43 162.475  
PARIS (IL) KXI-47 162.525  

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FIPS Codes Map

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SAME Information

Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) is part of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS). See your local electronics dealer for more information on weather radios with the SAME feature. If you would like more information about SAME, visit the National SAME Homepage.

SAME radios require programming of the SAME codes. The six digit code PSSCCC requires the following information:
  • P = 0
  • SS = State Identifier, Indiana = 18
    (IL=17, KY=21, MI=26, OH=39)
  • CCC = FIPS code # for each county 

example: 018063

0 for all
18 for Indiana
063 for Hendricks County

Click here to see FIPS codes, frequencies and stations for each Indiana County.

 

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Alarmed Products

Not all products we issue are Tone Alerted or SAME encoded. This is based on both national directives and local decisions derived from local area surveys from our listeners. Our main concern is alerting our listeners to upcoming events which will affect the respective radio listening areas.

The following products are SAME encoded and Tone Alerted:

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch
  • Tornado Watch
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning
  • Tornado Warning
  • Flash Flood Warning
  • Winter Storm Warning This product not tone alarmed between 11:05 pm and 7:00 am
  • Blizzard Warning  This product not tone alarmed between 11:05 pm and 7:00 am
  • High Wind Warning This product not tone alarmed between 11:05 pm and 7:00 am
  • Wednesday tests of the alarm (or first good weather day after Wednesday)
     

The following NWS products are SAME encoded but NOT Tone Alerted:

  • Flash Flood Watch
  • Flood Watch
  • Flood Warning
  • Winter Storm Watch
  • Wind Chill Warning
  • High Wind Watch

Additionally, certain non-NWS products and events, such as chemical spills, compiled by the Hazcollect program, are SAME encoded and Tone Alerted:

  • Civil Danger Warning
  • Civil Emergency Message
  • Earthquake Warning
  • Evacuation Immediate
  • Fire Warning
  • Hazardous Materials Warning
  • Law Enforcement Warning
  • Nuclear Power Plant Warning
  • Radiological Hazard Warning
  • Shelter in Place Warning
The following non-NWS products are SAME encoded but NOT Tone Alerted:
  • Child Abduction Emergency
  • Local Area Emergency
  • 911 Telephone Outage Emergency
  • Administrative Message
 
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Broadcast Products and Schedule for the Central Indiana Transmitters:

Indianapolis, Bloomington, Putnamville, Monticello, Georgia, Edwardsport,
Newport, Seymour, and Muncie


7 DAY FORECAST: Detailed local weather forecast from the National Weather Service for the next 7 days
Broadcast 24 hours a day
Updated at 4:00 AM and 4:00 PM
(and whenever necessary)

EIGHT TO FOURTEEN DAY OUTLOOK: Trend forecast for temperature and precipitation for eight to fourteen days out
Broadcast: 24 hours a day
Updated at 3:00 PM each day

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS: Detailed weather conditions for the observing location closest to the transmitter and general conditions for Indiana and nearby states.
Broadcast 24 hours a day
Updated each hour at about 5 minutes past the hour

WEATHER SYNOPSIS AND REGIONAL FORECAST: Brief description of weather systems affecting our area, followed by a general weather forecast for Indiana, Illinois, Lower Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky
Broadcast 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM to 4:30 AM

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS, WATCHES, WARNINGS AND FLOOD STATEMENTS: Specific information on hazardous weather conditions. Warnings and certain watches are preceded by a warning alarm that activates radios that have the warning alarm feature.
Broadcast when necessary

CLIMATOLOGICAL REPORT: Climate information including highs, lows, and precipitation for sites near the transmitter. 
Broadcast 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

WARNING ALARM/*SAME TEST: Broadcast of the warning alarm tone and SAME codes. Radios with the warning alarm feature and radios with the SAME feature should activate during the test
Broadcast Wednesdays between 11:00 AM and Noon (in good weather ONLY)

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WEATHER DEFINITIONS

 

TORNADO - A violently rotating column of air, usually forming a pendant from a cumulonimbus cloud, whose circulation reaches the ground. It nearly always starts as a funnel cloud and may be accompanied by a loud roaring noise. On a local scale, it is the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena.

FUNNEL CLOUD - A rotating column of air, forming a pendant from a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud, whose circulation does not reach the ground.

TORNADO WATCH - Conditions are favorable for tornado development. Remain alert for approaching storms.

TORNADO WARNING - Radar has indicated a tornado or a tornado has been spotted. Take cover now.

 SEVERE THUNDERSTORM - A thunderstorm accompanied by winds (sustained or gusts) of 58 mph (50 knots) or more and hail 1 inch in diameter or larger. Structural wind damage may be used to infer the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm.

SQUALL LINE - A line of thunderstorms or squalls which may extend over several hundred miles.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH- Conditions are favorable for tornado development. Remain alert for approaching storms.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - Radar has indicated a severe thunderstorm or severe weather has been reported. Take cover now.

WATERSPOUT - A rotating column of air, usually forming a pendant from a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud, which forms over a body of water, and whose circulation reaches the water.

DOWNBURST - A strong downdraft from a cumulonimbus cloud which induces damaging winds on or near the ground.

MACROBURST - A large downburst with the diameter of outflow 2 1/2 miles or larger and damaging winds lasting 5 to 20 minutes. Intense macrobursts can cause tornado-force damage.

MICROBURST - A small downburst with the diameter of outflow less than 2 1/2 miles and peak winds lasting only 2 to 5 minutes. They may induce dangerous wind and downflow wind shears which can affect aircraft performance.

FLASH FLOOD - A flood which follows a heavy or excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or sudden release of water impounded by an ice jam, within a few hours. There is nothing in the National Weather Service definition that says a flash flood must be a "wall of water."

WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW -
Northern and Central Indiana:
6 inches or more in 12 hours or less
8 inches or more in 24 hours or less

Southern Indiana: 4 inches or more in 12 hours or less
6 inches or more in 24 hours or less

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR  SNOW  -
Northern and Central Indiana: 3 to 5 inches in 12 hours
Southern Indiana: Less than 4 inches in 12 hours

BLIZZARD WARNING - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 mph or more for at least 3 hours and considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility frequently to less than 1/4 mile.

ICE STORM WARNING - Ice accumulation of 1/4 inch or more on all surfaces. Brings down wires.

HIGH WINDS - Sustained winds of 40 mph or greater or winds gusting to 58 mph or greater.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW - Visibilities intermittently at or below 1/4 mile due to blowing snow with winds less than 35 mph.

WIND CHILL ADVISORY - Values -15 to -24 with minimum wind speeds of 10 mph

WIND CHILL WARNING - Values -25 or below with minimum wind speeds of 10 mph

DEGREE DAYS -The amount of deviation in the average daily temperature from 65 degrees. Average temperatures greater than 65 degrees yield cooling degree days where average daily temperatures less than 65 degrees yield heating degree days. An example: The high temperature for a day is 75 degrees and the low temperature for the day is 65. That gives an average temperature for the day of 70 degrees and results in 5 cooling degree days. In contrast, an average daily temperature of 60 degrees would result in 5 heating degree days. Degree day totals are typically tabulated on a daily, monthly, seasonal and yearly basis. Departures from normal for those time periods are also typically tabulated. Check out our Climate page to get degree day totals for the past 12 months.

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Transmitters serving Indiana

(to see the detailed area covered by a transmitter signal, visit the Indiana NWR Coverage page)


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