What you can hear on a NOAA Weather Radio Broadcast:

When We Update It
When You Can Hear It
7-Day Forecast 4 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., with intermediate updates as necessary 24 hours per day
Current Conditions 10 minutes past each hour 24 hours per day
Hazardous Weather Outlook 5 A.M. daily, with updates as necessary 5 A.M. until 11 A.M. daily (broadcast every 10 to 15 minutes).   
Short Term Forecast Every 1 to 2 hours during active weather During active weather
River Stages and Forecasts Around Noon Noon until 3 P.M. (only broadcast every 15 minutes)
Climate Summary (observed high, low, precipitation past 12 to 24 hours) 5 A.M. and 5 P.M. 5 A.M. until 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. to 6 P.M. (only broadcast on Paducah and Evansville transmitters approx. every 10 minutes)
8-to-14 Day Outlook Around 3 P.M. 24 hours per day (only broadcast twice per hour)
Severe Weather Watches/Warnings Whenever necessary Continuously

*Severe weather messages ALWAYS take precedence over routine programming. Programming is reduced to urgent messages ONLY whenever severe weather warnings are in effect.   

*The NOAA Weather Radio alarm is routinely tested each Wednesday between 10 A.M. and noon, weather permitting. An evening alarm test is conducted once per month, between 6 and 7:30 P.M. on the first Wednesday of each month. In the event of severe weather, the test is postponed until the first available good weather day.

More Detailed Descriptions of the Products Listed Above:   

  • At 10 minutes after the top of each hour, up-to-the-minute weather conditions including temperature, dew point, wind, sky cover, and barometric pressure are given for selected sites across the 4-state area of Southern Illinois, Southwest Indiana, Southeast Missouri, and Western Kentucky. Less detailed information is broadcast for selected sites outside our region, such as Memphis, Little Rock, and Louisville.

  • The short term forecast contains radar information, such as precipitation location, intensity, and movement. The short term forecast gives specifics about when precipitation is expected to begin, end, or change intensity during the next 2 to 4 hours. It is broadcast whenever significant precipitation is imminent or occurring, or when other hazardous weather such as dense fog is occurring. It is updated as necessary, normally every 1 to 3 hours.
  • Sequenced every 10 to 15 minutes each morning is the Hazardous Weather Outlook. This outlook contains a summary of all potential hazardous weather events during the next 7 days. The outlook is routinely issued at 5 A.M. each day. The outlook may be updated at various other times during active weather situations. Updates are broadcast for 6 hours after they are issued.  The outlook contains a spotter information statement, which advises spotters when and if their services will be needed.
  • Sequenced every 15 minutes between approximately noon and 3 pm each day are river stages and forecasts. Current stages, 24-hour change, and the 3-day forecast is provided for the Mississippi, Ohio, Wabash, Little Wabash, and Green Rivers. Lake information is also included for Kentucky, Barkley, Rend, and Clearwater Lakes, where current stages and water temperatures can be found.

  • Climate summaries for Paducah, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana are broadcast from 5 am until 8 am each day, and from 5 pm to 6 pm daily. The morning summary includes, but is not limited to, such information as high and low temperatures, normals, records, precipitation statistics, and sunrise/sunset data. Climate summaries are provided only on the Evansville and Paducah transmitters. They are broadcast at only 10 minute intervals.

  • The 7-day forecast is a detailed forecast of sky condition, temperatures, and precipitation probabilities over the next 7 days. The wind forecast is included only for the first 48 hours of the forecast.


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