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.