The Voice of the National Weather
NOAA Weather Radio serves as an alerting device for any
life-threatening emergency, whether it's weather-related or not. NOAA
Weather Radio, also called
NOAA All-Hazards Radio,
broadcasts information on chemical spills, forest fires, and terrorist
attacks, in addition to weather hazards.
Some types of NOAA Weather Radios, called
SAME (Specific Area
Message Encoding) receivers, can be programmed to sound alerts for
only the county or counties that you specify. This eliminates alerts that
are for distant counties of no interest to you.
Across the United
States, NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts from over
400 FM transmitters on
seven frequencies in the VHF band, ranging from 162.400 to 162.550 megahertz
(MHz). The Paducah National Weather Service office now operates
a total of eleven NOAA Weather Radio transmitters. The map below
indicates the approximate coverage area of each transmitter, along with
the frequency and call sign. The color shades in each transmitter area are
not intended to depict actual transmitter signal coverage.
The latest transmitter updates, not yet
depicted on the following map, are described
recently, Union County, Kentucky has been added to the official
coverage area of KIG-76, transmitting on a frequency of 162.550 MHz from
near Evansville, IN.
NOAA Weather Radio Q&A
When is the weather radio alarm tested? The NOAA Weather Radio alarm is routinely
tested each Wednesday between the hours of 10 A.M. and noon, weather permitting.
On the first Wednesday of each month, the alarm is also tested between 6 and
In the event of severe weather, the test is postponed until the first
available good weather day.
How do I report a problem or outage with the
radio transmitter in my area? Please contact us after visiting the
NOAA Weather Radio outage
- What is the advantage of having a computer synthesized
voice instead of a human voice on the weather radio? Check
here for the how's and why's of the Console Replacement System (CRS) and its
automated voice technology.
- What can I hear on NOAA Weather Radio? Check
our NOAA Weather Radio
program guide for what information we broadcast and when we broadcast it.
- Where can I find the county codes for programming my new NOAA Weather Radio with SAME
(Specific Area Message Encoder) capability? For the county
codes for programming your receiver, click
here for more information.
Get SAME Codes for your county.
Kentucky | Illinois
| Indiana | Missouri