A New NOAA “All-Hazards” Weather Radio Station is on the Air

by Phil Hysell


If you live in the Mountain Empire region of southwest Virginia and have heard about the life-saving benefits of NOAA “All-Hazards” Weather Radio (NWR), but have had difficulty receiving a clear signal, we have some great news. Thanks to a grant from the USDA, a NWR transmitter has been placed on Sand Mountain near Wytheville and is broadcasting on a frequency of
162.450 mhz.

NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. Known as the "voice of the National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Battery powered weather radios equipped with a special alarm tone feature can sound an alert and give you immediate information about a life-threatening situation. During an emergency, NWS forecasters will send out a special tone to activate weather radios in the listening area. This is especially valuable at night, or when the power is out.

With new digital technology, called Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) broadcast on NWR are now be targeted to a specific area, such as a county or portion of a state, to bring more hazard-specific information to the listening area. This means you can specify what counties you want alerted on your weather radio. It’s like having your own personal tornado siren!
With the holiday season fast approaching, a NOAA “All-Hazards” Weather Radio makes a great gift, and they save lives.

The coverage area maps and detailed information can be found here.