NOAA radio Weather Radio All Hazards

What is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards?

Click here to view all of the frequently asked questions The voice of the National Weather Service, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards broadcasts direct from weather offices 24 hours a day nationwide. Click here to display the products available from NOAA Weather Radio and the broadcast schedule.

Hear NOAA Weather Radio on the Web

You can listen to selected radio broadcasts for several locations on the Streaming Audio NOAA Weather Radio web site.

National Information

Are you traveling to another area of the country? Just interested in other information about NOAA Weather Radio? Follow this link!

How to report transmitter problems

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What weather information is available?

Forecasts of rain and snow, temperatures, clouds, and winds.
Warnings for severe thunderstorms, winds, tornadoes, floods, and heavy snow.
Marine forecasts of winds and seas.
Short term forecasts predict where rain,snow,thunder,fog,etc... are expected.
Current weather at most cities in the region.
Climatological data including temperatures and precipitation.
Special information statements for significant or unusual weather.

How often are forecasts issued?

Routine daily forecasts are issued every 6 hours. Short term forecasts as necessary. Current weather every hour. Special statements, watches and warnings whenever unusual or dangerous weather threatens your area.

Forecast and current coverage Area

NWR WFO PHI Coverage Map
Transmitter coverage map
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Where is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards available?

Just about anywhere! NOAA Weather Radio stations broadcast from weather service offices across the nation. There are over 370 locations throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Reception is good within about 30 to 50 miles of each transmitter.

Selected National Cities

NOAA Weather Radio with SAME Technology

Station locations in the region and their frequencies

NOAA Weather Radio Alarm Feature

Some NOAA Weather Radios come with a feature that will set off an alarm for any warnings in your area! There is a new technology called SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding), which will set off an alarm for counties you choose only! Again, these alert features are only available with certain NOAA Weather Radios. In order for the SAME technology to work, you have to program a "FIPS" code into your NOAA Weather Radio. Here is a listing of the local FIPS codes. Here is a listing of national FIPS codes for 'SAME' receivers.

Where can I purchase a NOAA Weather Radio?

NOAA Weather radio information is not broadcast in the normal AM/FM radio bands. A special receiver is needed. Radios are available from department, discount, and radio stores for a relatively inexpensive price. Many receivers have and automatic alerting device that turns the radio on whenever a watch or warning is issued. Small battery operated radios will fit in a shirt pocket. Larger devices with alarms are the size of a book.

Why do I need ANOTHER radio to tell me the weather?

Your favorite radio station will probably keep you updated with local weather, provide details about rain and snow seen on weather service radars, and will quickly relay emergency warnings about dangerous or damaging weather in your area. The convenience of NOAA Weather Radio is that broadcasts are totally dedicated to weather information, and it's continuous any hour of the day. If you're hunting, fishing, or sailing, it might be the best source of information on rapidly changing weather. If you're on vacation, you don't need to search for a station to provide the latest forecast. Late on a Saturday night or early on a Sunday morning, NOAA Weather Radio will still provide continuous weather information.

Receiver Recalls

For information on Weather Radio receiver recalls, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site and choose "Radios Weather" in the product Type list.