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Montana Severe Weather Awareness

Montana Severe Weather Awareness

Weather Information Sources

Severe Thunderstorm
Photo Courtesy of Sean Heavey - June 16, 2007; $35 Million Hailstorm Impacting Glasgow To Nashua.

Overview Watch / Warning Program Thunderstorm Climatology Severe Weather Safety Lightning Safety Weather Sources

Short You Tube video "Weather Sources".

NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards is the quickest way to get notification of severe weather that may be affecting you. There are many various types of radios and models available including portable units to take on trips. For more information on the various types and models, visit the NOAA Weather Radio Receiver Information Page. With changing technologies, there are also many other ways to receive weather information. Here are some of the ways you can keep up to date with the latest weather watches and warnings.

NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards - Popular Features

Tone Alarm: Most warnings and many watch messages are broadcast with a tone alarm. The tone will activate all the weather radio receivers which are equipped to receive it, even if the audio is turned off. This is especially useful for warnings which occur during the night when most people are asleep.

SAME: Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) allows a user to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. This minimizes the number of "false alarms" for events which might not be impacting your area. To locate the SAME code for your area, go to SAME Codes

Selectable Alerting of Events: Some receivers allow a user to turn off the alarm for certain events which might not be important to you.

Battery Backup: Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial.

External Antenna Jack: While most receivers come with a whip antenna which can usually be extended out from the unit, a user may need an external antenna to get a good reception. Some receivers come with an external antenna jack (normally in the back of the unit) which will allow a user to connect to a larger antenna (indoors or outdoors).

Strobe Light: A strobe light accessory provides a visual alert. It's ideal for the hearing-impaired and for use in noisy production environments like metal working facilities to alert personnel of a warning.

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Public Alert

Other Sources

Internet: The National Weather Service's webpage at http://weather.gov allows you a fast and easy look at where the hazards are occurring for the current day. To find out information for your local area, just click on the map in your general area.

Facebook: The National Weather Service Facebook pages not only allow you the ability to stay informed on local weather outlooks and forecast information, but also gives you the ability to report severe weather that is impacting your area. You can even post pictures for sharing with your local office. Please note, with the frequency of warnings across the state, most warnings will not be automatically posted. Use other resources to obtain critical short term warning information. Click on the Facebook icon on the top left portion of our webpage to "like" and follow us.

Twitter: Follow The National Weather Service on Twitter and receive updates on potential outlooks on severe weather. Please note, with the frequency of warnings across the state, most warnings will not be automatically tweeted. Use other resources to obtain critical short term warning information. Click on the Twitter icon on the top left portion of our webpage to follow us.

You Tube: Subscribe to our You Tube channel to receive periodic videos discussing important weather information. Click on the You Tube icon on the top left portion of our webpage to subscribe.

Broadcast TV and Radio Stations: Most local radio and television stations across the state automatically receive hazardous watches and warnings and help disseminate that information over the air. They have local knowledge and want to be able to provide their viewers and listeners with the best information they can.

Wireless Emergency Alerts: Newer mobile devices are now Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Capable. This means you will automatically receive alerts of the most critical weather emergencies. This includes Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings. Check with your cell provider to see if you have a WEA capable phone. For more information see: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/wea.html.

Other Wireless / Cell Phone technologies: Many cell phone providers are including an option of getting warnings on your cell phone through text messaging or other means. Check with your provider to see if they offer a service like this. There are also some NWS programs that allow you to get alerts on your mobile device. For more information see: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/cte.htm.

Mobile Apps: Check with the private weather industry for mobile applications that meet your needs. Most private apps will include NWS alerts. The Red Cross also has a selection of apps. For more information see: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.

Weather Radio Sites Across The Region

Weather Radio Sites
All Frequencies in MHz

Montana

Baker
Belgian Hill
Billings
Bozeman
Broadus
Browning
Butte
Circle
Dillon
Ekalaka
Forsyth
Glasgow
Glendive
Glentana
Great Falls
Hardin
Havre
Helena


162.550
162.500
162.550
162.500
162.425
162.525
162.550
162.550
162.475
162.475
162.525
162.400
162.475
162.525
162.550
162.450
162.400
162.400

Jordan
Kalispell
Lewistown
Livingston
Malta
Miles City
Missoula
Plentywood
Poplar
Ryegate
Scobey
Winnett

North Dakota

Dickinson
Scranton
Williston

162.500
162.550
162.500
162.525
162.475
162.400
162.400
162.475
162.425
162.450
162.450
162.400



162.400
162.525
162.550
South Dakota

Lead

Wyoming

Cody
Gillette
Grant Village
Jackson
Kaycee
Mammoth
Newcastle
Sheridan
Worland

Idaho

Bonners Ferry
Driggs
Pocatello
Salmon


162.525



162.400
162.500
162.450
162.525
162.550
162.425
162.475
162.475
162.525



162.500
162.450
162.550
162.500

Additional Information

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