South Lincoln County Receives New Weather Warning System

The National Weather Service has recently installed a new NOAA Weather and All Hazards Radio (NWR) site to service Kemmerer, Diamondville, and surrounding communities.  The transmitter was recently installed on Quealy Peak and has been operational since late September.

“We are excited to now have the capability to communicate important weather and community safety information directly to residents of south Lincoln County .  A seven band NOAA Weather Radio, equipped with an automatic alarm, can help protect families and their property by providing warnings and other weather information 24 hours a day,” said Chris Jones, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Riverton office.  To receive up-to-the-minute forecasts and warnings, residents of south Lincoln County can tune in NWR station KYJ-75 at 162.525 MHz.

A recent survey indicated coverage for residents of Opal, LaBarge, Granger, Mountain View, Lyman, Urie, Fort Bridger , and Robertson.  The radio also provides service to popular recreation spots Fossil Butte National Monument , Lake Viva Naughton, and Fontenelle Reservoir.  Jones said the new transmitter was the result of collaboration with local partners, contractors, and emergency management.

NWR transmitters have an effective broadcast range of approximately 40 miles, depending upon terrain and other atmospheric factors.  As the voice of the National Weather Service, NWR provides the quickest access to severe weather and flood warnings, as well as important weather information and forecasts, around the clock, 365 days a year.  NWR is an all hazards communication system that can be utilized to alert the public of civil emergencies, which require action on the part of affected citizens.  NWR is particularly valuable because it can be remotely activated by the National Weather Service during impending or ongoing critical weather for those customers who have specially equipped radios.  A tone alarm will activate the NWR receiver to alert the owner any time of the day or night.  Broadcasts from Wyoming ’s 21 NWR transmitters reach over 95 percent of the state’s residents.  The specially equipped NWR receivers are typically available at local electronics and discount stores.

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