Weather information can also be obtained by
listening to NOAA Weather Radio.
NOAA Weather Radio stations broadcast the latest
weather information and are one of the primary means for receiving severe weather
information and general forecast information. Weather radios can be purchased from local
electric supply dealers, and some scanners are equipped to pick up the weather radio
Some models have an alarm feature. This feature sounds a tone and turns on the radio when
we activate the tone alert from our office. We normally send the Routine Weekly Test message around noon on Wednesdays, unless severe weather is a possibility. The test is done at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month. If there is a possibility of severe weather, we postpone the test until the next fair weather day, usually Thursday.
We activate the tone alert for the following
watches or warnings:
- Tornado watch
- Tornado warning
- Severe thunderstorm watch
- Severe thunderstorm warning
- Flash flood warning
- Blizzard warning
- Winter storm warning
Newer weather radios that are equipped with SAME (Specific Area
Message Encoder) are available. This allows you to program your radio to receive the
tone warning alert only for the counties you program! In addition, you can hear the
latest forecasts and other weather information.
Generally, our NWR program consists of a
forecast, local hourly weather and the regional weather
summary, and hazardous weather outlook.
certain times of the day, we record climate and river information.
NOAA Weather Radio Stations
|South Boston, VA
These NOAA Weather Radio Station are operated
by other offices. Some listeners in the Blacksburg CWA will be able to receive one of
Weather Radio News
Listings and Coverage
Weather Radio Coverage Maps
Reporting an NWR Transmitter Problem
NWR Consumer Information