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New York Severe Weather Awareness Week

Saturday May 4th, 2013

This is the last in a six part series on severe weather safety which is running during New York's Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Today we discuss communications and how to receive timely hazardous weather information.

NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts weather information 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. These specialized radios often have a warning alarm to alert people to dangerous weather conditions. The National Weather Service can automatically activate these receivers using a special audio tone. Immediate hazardous weather information is then broadcast on the location and movement of dangerous storms or flooding. The newest models use the same technology as commercial broadcast stations use to activate the emergency alert system.

NOAA Weather Radio also serves as a source of information for non-weather related hazards. This includes natural or man made disasters related to earthquakes, chemical spills, toxic gas releases and other hazardous events.

NOAA Weather Radio can be purchased at local electronics supply stores. Advanced radios can be programmed to receive alerts only for certain counties and hazardous weather events. Many scanners can also pick up the NOAA Weather Radio frequencies.

The National Weather Service operates just over 1000 of these stations nationwide.

NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts on seven frequencies nationwide. These frequencies in central New York are:
  • 162.400 MHz
  • 162.425 MHz
  • 162.450 MHz
  • 162.475 MHz
  • 162.500 MHz
  • 162.525 MHz
  • 162.550 MHz
MHz is megahertz.

Nine NOAA Weather Radio transmitters broadcast continuous weather information originating from the National Weather Service office in Binghamton, New York.

Remember, all thunderstorms are dangerous because they contain lightning. Be prepared for the dangers that thunderstorms bring, tornadoes, lightning and flooding. Now is the time to review severe weather safety rules and have a plan before severe weather strikes. It could save your life.

For additional severe thunderstorm weather safety and information on Severe Weather Awareness Week check out the National Weather Service Binghamton internet web site at:
NWS Binghamton, NY Preparedness
You can also contact:
David Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist for NOAA's National Weather Service
Binghamton, NY 13290
Phone: 607-770-9531 x 223

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