NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio Information
NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio . . . the
voice of the National Weather Service. NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) broadcasts
National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard
information 24 hours a day. NWR is provided as a public service by the Department of
Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NWR network has
more than 720 stations in the 50 states and adjacent coastal waters,
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Pacific Territories.
NWR broadcasts typically reach about 40 miles away from the transmitter. Here is a COVERAGE MAP of the locations of the NWR transmitters in Kansas. The broadcast range depends upon a number of factors including signal strength, terrain, quality of your weather radio, and current weather conditions.
Frequencies for Area Weather Radio Stations served by NWS Topeka:
Here is our Programming Schedule.
Weather radios equipped with a special alarm tone feature will sound an alert and give you immediate information about a life threatening situation. During an emergency, NWS personnel will interrupt routine weather programming and send out the special tone that activates weather radios in the listening area. To purchase a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, check with your local electronics shop or check out our NWR Receiver Consumer Information page
With the implementation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME), it is now possible to program certain weather radios to sound an alert for only the counties desired in a specific NWR's broadcast area. The owner of a NWR with SAME technology would program the desired county into the radio. It will then alert the user only to weather emergencies for the specific county programmed. Older (non-SAME) NWR receivers without SAME capability would alert for emergencies anywhere within the coverage area of the NWR transmitter, even though the emergency could be well away from the listener. The SAME technology can eliminate this appearance of over warning. You can find out more information about Same Technology or EAS Broadcasts from the National Weather Service.
When the NWS broadcasts an urgent audio message, a digital SAME burst of information is also broadcast. This SAME code contains information on the type of message, county(s) affected, and expiration time of the message (the SAME code broadcast can be heard as three brief bursts of static). An appropriately programmed NWR with SAME technology will then turn on upon receiving the information burst.
NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is not just for emergencies. It is a round-the-clock source of weather reports and information to help you prepare for the day ahead. Each NWS office tailors its broadcast to suit local needs. Routine programming is repeated every few minutes and consists of the local and regional forecast as well as the latest regional weather conditions. Additional information including river stages and climatic information is also provided.
Additional NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio Information can be found at the NWS NWR page. This page contains FAQ's, National Coverage maps, general information, and much more.
NWR SAME County Codes
For information on weather radio receiver recalls, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) web site and choose "Radios (Weather)" in the product type list.