A new NOAA Weather Radio station was added in Wisconsin last fall and now provides severe weather alerts to areas of central and west central Wisconsin 24-hours a day.
The station, KE2XKP, is broadcasting at 162.525 MHz from the small community of Ridgeville, near Tomah, WI (Monroe Co.). This is one of the standard weather radio frequencies.
The coverage area for this transmitter includes the following Wisconsin counties: Monroe, Jackson, La Crosse, Vernon, Wood, Juneau, and Adams. (This is subject to changes once a signal strength survey is completed around the region.) This should dramatically help coverage in communities like Tomah, Hillsboro, Wilton, Kendall, Elroy, and Camp Douglas, among others.
This new transmitter was paid for and installed by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board (ECB) that also maintain public radio and television across the state. The La Crosse National Weather Service broadcasts on 10 different weather radio transmitters across parts of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western and central Wisconsin. Weather radio is a public service that can warn of impending hazardous weather.
Questions about this expanded weather radio service can be forwarded to Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist - NWS La Crosse.