When severe weather threatens, residents of Alger County and recreational boaters around Munising and Grand Marais can now stay aware of storm activity with a direct link to forecasts provided by NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) All Hazards transmitters now located in Munising, MI and near Grand Marais, MI.
NOAA’s National Weather Service in Marquette joined forces with the Upper Michigan Homeland Security Planning Board, Alger County Emergency Management, and the Michigan Public Safety Communication System to bring the voice of NOAA’s National Weather Service to areas not previously served in Alger County.
The new transmitters were installed on Michigan Public Safety Communications System towers in Munising and south of Grand Marais. The transmitters are broadcasting information from NOAA’s National Weather Service Marquette Weather Forecast Office on frequencies of 162.475 MHz out of Munising and 162.425 MHz near Grand Marais.
The new NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitters will provide coverage to areas of Alger County and the nearshore waters of Lake Superior that previously did not have access to NWR broadcasts due to terrain affects and the locations of other transmitters. The broadcasts from the new transmitters will cover much of Alger County and the nearshore waters of Lake Superior with an emphasis on the Munising and Grand Marais areas.
Available at most electronics and discount stores, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receivers come in many sizes, with a variety of functions and costs. Receivers automatically sound an alarm and turn themselves on if a severe weather warning is broadcast, and can be programmed to warn of weather and civil emergencies in only a listener’s home area. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receivers can be purchased as either battery-operated portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup. Some televisions, scanners, Ham radios, CB radios, short wave receivers and AM/FM radios also are capable of receiving NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards broadcasts.
Additional information on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards in Upper Michigan can be found at the following link: http://www.weather.gov/mqt/?n=wxradionew or by calling the National Weather Service in Marquette at 906-475-5212.
Below are maps showing which land based and marine based warning zones are covered by the two new transmitters. These are the zone codes (or SAME codes) to program into a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver to receive warning alerts for those particular areas.