What you can hear on a NOAA Weather Radio Broadcast:
When We Update It
When You Can Hear It
||4 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., with intermediate updates as necessary
||24 hours per day
||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
|Short Term Forecast
||Every 1 to 2 hours during active weather
||During active weather
|River Stages and Forecasts
||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
*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
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.