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FIPS Codes for the Missouri Ozarks and Extreme southeast Kansas

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Springfield NWR Coverage Map

 

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A little about NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a nationwide network of nearly 940 transmitters which continuously broadcast warnings, watches, forecasts, and other emergency messages, 24 hours a day.  You can think of it as your own personal indoor tornado siren. Here in southern Missouri, we provide the programming for thirteen transmitters. (See map above)

 As a key component of the nationwide modernization of the National Weather Service, we have initiated NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.  Forecasts and statements will automatically and instantaneously go straight from the NWS forecaster out over the airwaves, eliminating any delays in broadcasting critical information.

 Yes, the voice is noticeably different.  We have traded personality for speed, and to free up the broadcasters so that they can spend more time analyzing and detecting hazardous weather. This will lead to enhanced services as we strive to meet our main mission...the protection of life and property of the citizens of the Ozarks.

 The NWS office gets rather busy during severe weather, so by automatically broadcasting using the synthesized voice, the staff member previously just sitting in front of a microphone can now complete more important tasks such as talking with severe weather spotters and answering public calls as to the whereabouts of reported severe storms.

What is NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) of the Department of Commerce. NOAA weather radio provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information directly from the National Weather Service offices across the country. Weather messages are taped and run in a cycle lasting on an average of four to six minutes, and are updated frequently throughout the day.

When severe weather occurs, the routine broadcasting will be interrupted to provide the listener with frequent updates on severe weather warnings or statements for your area. When a severe weather warning is issued and you are within 40 miles of the transmitter, a weather tone will alert on specially built receivers, with warning and safety information following directly after the tone. With the new Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) weather radios, you can program your weather radio to only receive warnings for the county you program into the radio.

How can I listen to NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts are made on one of seven high-band FM frequencies ranging from 162.40 to 162.55 MHz. These frequencies are usually not found on the average radio, but require a specially built receiver to pick up the broadcasts.

Where can I get a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radios can be purchased at many electronics stores nationwide. Prices will most likely vary from location to location, and will also depend on the type of radio you buy. Most receivers can be purchased for around $50 or less. Be sure that NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts can be received in your area! New SAME units will cost around $80.

...Need help programing your Weather Radio...

    With several brands and models of NOAA Weather Radios available to the public for the protection of life and property, there are many different ways to program the differing radios. In an effort to gather as many Users Manuals in one place, the NWS Springfield Weather Radio team has compiled a list of some of the more common radios. For information on how to program your radio, find your brand and model number and click on the link. If you do not see your model number, click on the brand name and you will be taken to the manufacturers website.  See the Chart below for your Brand.


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We cannot recommend one brand of receiver over another, but we do suggest that people look at receivers which carry the Public Alert logo. The Public Alert Standard (CEA-2009-A) was developed by the Consumer Electronics Association in conjunction with the National Weather Service. Devices which carrying the Public Alert logo meet certain technical standards and come with many (if not all) of the features mentioned below.

Residential Grade Radios and Features

Prices can vary from $20 to $200, depending on the model. Many receivers have an alarm feature, but some may not. Among the more useful features in a receiver are:

Tone alarm: The National Weather Service will send a 1050 Hz tone alarm before most warning and many watch messages are broadcast. The tone will activate all the receivers which are equipped to receive it, even if the audio is turned off. This is especially useful for warnings which occur during the night when most people are asleep. (Public Alert - required)

SAME technology: SAME, or Specific Alert Message Encoding allows you to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. Most warnings and watches broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio are county-based or independent city-based (parish-based in Louisiana), although in a few areas of the country the alerts are issued for portions of counties. Since most NWR transmitters are broadcasting for a number of counties, SAME receivers will respond only to alerts issued for the area (or areas) you have selected. This minimizes the number of “false alarms” for events which might be a few counties away from where you live. (Public Alert - required)

Selectable alerting of events: While SAME allows you to specify a particular area of interest, some receivers allow you to turn off alarms for certain events which might not be important to you. For example, if you live in a coastal county, but not right at the beach, you might not care about Coastal Flood Warnings. This feature may also be called "Event Blocking" or "Defeat Siren". (Public Alert - optional)

Battery backup: Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial. However, unless you have a portable unit which you will use away from other power sources, an AC power connection is recommended to preserve battery life. (Public Alert - required for radios, optional for other devices)

External antenna jack: While most receivers come with a whip antenna which can usually be extended out from the unit, depending on your location you may need an external antenna to get a good reception. Some receivers come with an external antenna jack (normally in the back of the unit) which will allow you to connect to a larger antenna (which can be indoors or outdoors). You can often purchase these as accessories at the same place where you bought your receiver, or from most stores with an electronics department. NWR broadcasts are in the Public Service VHF frequencies, just above FM radio and between the current TV channels 6 and 7 - so an antenna designed for analog VHF televisions or FM radios should work. Or, you can make your own antenna. Go to this web site for more information. (Public Alert - optional)

External device jack (special needs): Some radios have a jack to plug-in external notification devices, such as strobe lights or bed shakers, which can be useful for those with special needs. (Public Alert - required for institutional receivers, optional for consumer receivers).


 NOTE: Not all Midland WR-100 Desktop Weather Radios will audibly alert for the routine weekly alert test (Wednesdays between 11am and Noon). Newer models will only display an LED alert and readout for the Wednesday test.


Midland Radio First Alert Oregon Scientific Radio Shack HomeSafe, Inc
WR-100 WX-150 WR602 (12-260) 2005 HS
WR-120
WX-167 WRB603 12-262  
WR-300 or WR-301 WX-268 (WR-113) (12-382) Springfield Intruments
 (74-200) (WX-17)  (WR606) (T581) (91418)
 (74-250C) (WX-67)  (WR601)  (12-250) Sangean
(ER-102)    (WMS801)    (DT-400W)
(WR-10)       (CL-100)
(ER-300)       (PR-D9W)
(XT-511)        
Reecom Electronics Inc. Freeplay Energy Sony
Etón USA C. Crane Company
R-1630  Eyemax WB 2009 (ICF-B05W) (RED CROSS - FR300) (CCRadio - Plus)
R-1650     (RED CROSS - FR500)  
      (RED CROSS - FR150) Taylor
      (FR-1000 Voicelink) (1507)
Hideki / Honeywell
MTS Communication
Uniden Motorola Garmin
PCR507W (MTS 5120) (BC370CRS) (T9580SAME) (Rino 530HCx)
RN507W   (BC340CRS)    
TN924W   (BCD369T)    

(NON-PUBLIC ALERT CERTIFIED RADIOS ARE LISTED IN PARENTHESIS)

Am I able to receive NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts at my location?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts can usually be heard as far away as 40 miles from the antenna site, many times more. The effective range depends on many factors, including height of the antenna, terrain, quality of the receiver, and atmospheric conditions. Here at the Springfield Missouri office, NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is broadcast from 12 transmitters located throughout southwest, south central, and central Missouri. Due to the hilly terrain across the Ozarks, some areas in valleys may have trouble receiving the broadcast, especially if some distance from the transmitter.

What frequency should I tune in to at my location?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio County by County Coverage
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  NOAA Weather Radio Transmitters Locations

Station Transmitter Location Frequency Some cities within range
WXL-46 Fordland 162.400 MHz Springfield...Branson...Ozark
KZZ-82 Gainesville 162.425 MHz Gainesville...Ava
WXJ-61 Avilla 162.425 MHz Joplin...Neosho
WXM-81 Hermitage 162.450 MHz Hermitage
KJY-82 Neosho 162.450 MHz Neosho...Joplin...Carthage...Miami...Columbus
KZZ-30 El Dorado Springs 162.475 MHz Nevada...El Dorado Springs...Stockton
Lake...Osceola
WWF-76 Summersville 162.475 MHz West Plains...Houston...Eminence
WNG-648 Crocker 162. 500 MHz Dixon...Rolla...Vienna
KXI-35  Alton 162.500 MHz Alton
KXI-38 West Plains 162.525 MHz West Plains
WNG-608 Cassville 162.500 MHz Cassville...Monett
WXJ-90 Osage Beach 162.550 MHz Osage Beach...Lake of the Ozarks
KZZ-43 Branson 162.550 MHz Branson...Kimberling City...Forsyth and Galena

 
 What is the programming schedule for NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio?

Programming on NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio will vary from office to office. At the Springfield, Missouri office, we try to stick to the following program schedule, whenever possible. The program schedule is similar for all transmitter locations.

Routine Weather Broadcast Schedule

Product Schedule
Station ID
24 hours/day
Current Time
24 hours/day
7 Day Forecast
24 hours/day (updated as needed)
Regional Weather Summary
24 hours/day (updated at 11AM, 5PM, 9PM, and 5 AM)
Forecast for Surrounding Cities
5AM-8AM and 5PM-8PM
Hourly Weather Round-up
24 hours/day (updated at :10 after each hour)
Daily Climate Summary
6AM-8AM and 6PM-8PM
Hazardous Weather Outlook
24 hours/day (updated at 6AM, 1PM, and as needed)
Lake Stages
9AM-11AM and 5PM-7PM
Short Term Forecasts
as needed

Regular programming will be interrupted during periods of severe weather, such as when tornado, severe thunderstorm, or flash flood watches and warnings are in affect across southwest, south central, or central Missouri.


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