National Weather Service Expands NOAA Weather Radio Coverage
Officials from NOAA’s Detroit/Pontiac National Weather Service office will kick off a new era of public safety with the Sept. 14 dedication of a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitter in Huron County, Mich.
Meteorologist in Charge Dick Wagenmaker, along with Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rich Pollman and Huron County Emergency Management Director Burt Eichler, will dedicate the new Bad Axe transmitter at the Huron County Commissioners meeting. Huron County received a grant from the USDA to purchase and install the transmitter. The transmitter provides weather forecast and alert broadcasts to approximately 33,000 residents of previously under-served areas of Michigan’s Thumb region and the surrounding waters of Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron.
The 300-watt transmitter, located on tower facilities in Bad Axe has the call sign WNG-701 and broadcasts on a frequency of 162.525 MHz. It provides severe weather and forecast information to listeners. Broadcasts will cover all or part of Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac counties, as well as portions of Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron.
“This transmitter helps us provide even better protection against severe weather and flooding to Michigan’s Thumb residents who weren’t able to pick up reliable broadcasts in the past,” Wagenmaker said. “We’re proud to be part of successful efforts to keep the public safe from the impacts of hazardous weather. I also want to recognize the outstanding cooperation and efforts by Huron County Emergency Management to ensure the success of the project.”
Known as “The Voice of the National Weather Service,” NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts originate from the operations area of the agency’s 123 forecast offices around the country. NOAA Weather Radio is an all-hazards warning service, which provides non-weather emergency messages and the quickest access to severe weather and flood warnings, as well as providing important weather information and forecasts around the clock, 365 days a year.
The NOAA Weather Radio network includes more than 1,000 transmitters covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Pacific Territories. NOAA Weather Radio is the National Weather Service’s primary entry point into the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Alert System.
Available for purchase at electronics and discount stores, NOAA Weather Radio receivers come in many sizes, with a variety of functions and costs. Most receivers are seven-channel, battery-powered portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup. Many receivers sound an alarm automatically and turn themselves on if a severe weather warning is broadcast by the Weather Service; and can be programmed to warn for weather and non-weather emergencies in a specific county or other defined area. Some televisions, scanners, Ham radios, CB radios, short wave receivers and AM/FM radios are also capable of receiving NOAA Weather Radio transmissions.
NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. Visit http://www.noaa.gov .
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