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NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)



Introduction to NOAA Weather Radio

    NOAA Weather Radio provides a continuous broadcast of the latest weather information for your local area from the National Weather Service. NOAA Weather Radio is an "all hazards" radio network, working in conjunction with the Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Alert System. In addition to weather related watches and warnings, the Weather Radio system can provide information on all types of hazards, including Civil and National Emergency Messages.

    The programs can be found on the VHF radio band, on frequencies ranging from 162.400 to 162.550 MHz. There are over 750 Weather Radio transmitters across the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories, and the number is growing. North Carolina is served by over 27 NOAA Weather Radio transmitters which are located within North Carolina as well as in 3 neighboring states. These transmitters provide broadcasts to all 100 counties in North Carolina including the adjacent coastal waters. Information on the Weather Radio transmitters that serve North Carolina is available on the North Carolina NOAA Weather Radio Network web page.

    By nature and design, NOAA Weather Radio coverage is limited to an area within 40 miles of the transmitter. The quality of what is heard is dictated by the distance from the transmitter, local terrain, and the quality and location of the receiver. In general, those on flat terrain, using a high quality receiver, can expect reliable reception far beyond 40 miles. Those living in cities surrounded by large buildings or in hilly areas may experience poor reception at considerably less than 40 miles




NOAA Weather Radio Stations Serving Central NC

    WWF 60 Buck Mountain 162.500 mhz Map
    WXL 58 Chapel Hill 162.550 mhz Map
    WNG 597 Ellerbe 162.400 mhz Map
    WXL 50 St. Pauls 162.475 mhz Map
    WNG 706 Garner 162.450 mhz Map
    WNG 586 Henderson 162.500 mhz Map
    WXL 59 Tarboro 162.475 mhz Map
    WXL 42 Winston-Salem 162.400 mhz Map


    Click on a county or city on the map below to find out which transmitter and what frequency is broadcast for that location.

    RAH NWR Coverage Map Mecklenburg County NWR Information Brunswick County NWR Information Durham County NWR Information Wake County NWR Information Granville  County NWR Information Vance County NWR Information Warren County NWR Information Halifax County NWR Information Northampton County NWR Information Bertie County NWR Information Martin County NWR Information Pitt County NWR Information Lenoir County NWR Information Greene County NWR Information Edgecombe  County NWR Information Wilson County NWR Information Nash County NWR Information Franklin County NWR Information Johnston County NWR Information Wayne County NWR Information Cumberland County NWR Information Sampson County NWR Information Bladen County NWR Information Robeson County NWR Information Scotland County NWR Information Hoke County NWR Information Lee County NWR Information Harnett County NWR Information Chatham County NWR Information Moore County NWR Information Richmond County NWR Information Montgomery County NWR Information Randolph County NWR Information Davidson County NWR Information Anson County NWR Information Stanly County NWR Information Union County NWR Information Cabarrus County NWR Information Rowan County NWR Information Iredell County NWR Information Davie County NWR Information Davie County NWR Information Alleghany County NWR Information Wilkes County NWR Information Yadkin County NWR Information Forsyth County NWR Information Guilford County NWR Information Alamance County NWR Information Orange County NWR Information Person County NWR Information Caswell County NWR Information Rockingham County NWR Information Stokes County NWR Information Surry County NWR Information Grayson County NWR Information Caroll County NWR Information City of Galax NWR Information Patrick County NWR Information Henry County NWR Information Henry County NWR Information City of Martinsville NWR Information Pittsylvania County NWR Information Pittsylvania County NWR Information Duplin County NWR Information City of Danville NWR Information Chesterfield County NWR Information Marlboro County NWR Information



NOAA Weather Radio Stations Serving All of NC

    North Carolina is served by over 30 NOAA Weather Radio transmitters which are located within North Carolina as well as in 3 neighboring states. These transmitters provide broadcasts to all 100 counties in North Carolina including the adjacent coastal waters. Information on the Weather Radio transmitters that serve North Carolina is available on the North Carolina NOAA Weather Radio Network web page.



Experimental NOAA Weather Radio Audio

    New technology in the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) program has enabled the creation of NWR audio MP3 files that can be accessed on this web page. The files are updated in near-real time but because these items are experimental, their timeliness cannot be guaranteed. Note that only routine products are available and that Watches, Warnings, and Advisories will not be available on this page.

    This is not a true broadcast feed. The software that creates the individual segments used on the NWR broadcast has been set up to create individual MP3 files which are then sent to this web page. Note that the files are between 100 and 250 KB each and that they will need to be re-downloaded to hear any updates or changes, they will not update automatically.

    Click on the audio icon (speaker) in the table below to hear the product you are interested in. The products are listed in columns by transmitter and in rows by the type of the product. If you are unsure about which transmitter covers the area you are interested in, click on the name of the transmitter and a coverage map will appear. You can also click on a county on our NWR County Information Map and all of the transmitters covering that county will be listed.


     

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     Fayetteville 

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     Garner 

     Henderson 

     Ellerbe 

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NOAA Weather Radio Broadcast Schedule

    For stations served by the NWS office in Raleigh, North Carolina, routine programming consists of a brief weather synopsis, your area's seven day forecast, and hourly weather conditions. Daily climate summaries are added in the morning, and again in the evening. Short term forecasts elaborate on events that will occur within 1 to 6 hours.

    During significant weather events, routine programming is reduced, in order to rapidly cycle important weather information directly from your National Weather Service office. Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Flood warnings are transmitted within seconds of their official issuances. Watches, warnings, and advisories for significant weather events such as winter storms, high winds, river flooding, and extremes of heat and cold, are included in the programs when these events affect the radio's service area. Hurricane and Tropical Storm bulletins from the National Hurricane Center are added when a given storm is in the western Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, or the northern Caribbean Sea, north of latitude 18 degrees north, and west of longitude 65 degrees west.

    In cooperation with State and County Emergency Management officials, Civil Emergency Messages will be transmitted and alarmed on the Weather Radio. This would include notification of an emergency at the Shearon Harris Power Plant.




FIPS Codes For Weather Receivers

    The newer NOAA Weather Radio receivers require special codes so the receiver will send an alert when there is severe weather. Here is a list of the codes for each of the counties for which the Raleigh office broadcasts.

    Alamance

    037001

    Grayson

    051077

    Pitt

    037147

    Allexander

    037003

    Greene

    037079

    Pittsylvania

    051143

    Alleghany

    037005

    Guilford

    037081

    Randolph

    037151

    Anson

    037007

    Halifax

    037083

    Richmond

    037153

    Bertie

    037015

    Harnett

    037085

    Robeson

    037155

    Bladen

    037017

    Henry

    051089

    Rockingham

    037157

    Brunswick

    051025

    Hoke

    037093

    Rowan

    037159

    Cabarrus

    037025

    Iredell

    037097

    Sampson

    037163

    Carroll

    051035

    Johnston

    037101

    Scotland

    037165

    Caswell

    037033

    Lee

    037105

    Stanly

    037167

    Chatham

    037037

    Lenoir

    037107

    Stokes

    037169

    Chesterfield

    045025

    Marlboro

    045069

    Surry

    037171

    Cumberland

    037051

    Martin

    037117

    Union

    037179

    Danville

    051590

    Mecklenburg

    051117

    Vance

    037181

    Davidson

    037057

    Martinsville

    051690

    Wake

    037183

    Davie

    037059

    Montgomery

    037123

    Warren

    037185

    Durham

    037063

    Moore

    037125

    Wayne

    037191

    Edgecombe

    037065

    Nash

    037127

    Wilkes

    037193

    Forsyth

    037067

    Northampton

    037131

    Wilson

    037195

    Franklin

    037069

    Orange

    037135

    Yadkin

    037197

    Galax

    051640

    Patrick

    051141

     

     

    Granville

    037077

    Person

    037145

     

     






Weekly Alarm Tests

    Tests of the warning alarm are conducted each Wednesday, between 11am and noon, unless severe weather is threatening.



Acquiring a NOAA Weather Radio

    NOAA Weather Radio receivers can be purchased at local radio and TV stores, at specialty electronics shops, at stores specializing in boat and marine products, and online. There are three general categories, and many AM/FM/VHF/scanner combinations are on the market.

    The least expensive radios are simple receivers for the VHF weather band. Next up are the radios that include an alarm feature: designated products, such as Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Flood watches and warnings, contain special signals that activate an alarm on the radio whenever any county in the radio's service area is affected. At the upper end of the scale are the SAME- (Specific Area Message Encoder) equipped radios. These units can be customized to sound alarms only for counties of your choosing. A few units can be customized by product.



Receiver Recalls




NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter Outage Reporting

    Report NOAA Weather Radio transmitter outages (dead air) or failure to receive the weekly test (every Wednesday between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon) local time to the NWR Transmitter Outage Reporting Page at ... http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/outages.php










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Raleigh Forecast Office
1005 Capability Drive, Suite 300
Centennial Campus
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606-5226
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Page Last Modified: 21 October 2013 12:01:22 UTC


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