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Montana Winter Weather Awareness

Montana Winter Weather Awareness

Weather Information Sources

Winter Weather
Photo Courtesy of NWS Glasgow - Hills south of Fort Peck Lake - March 25, 2008.

Overview Watch / Warning Program Winter Weather Climatology Be Prepared Safety: Caught in the Storm Weather Sources

With changing technologies, there are many ways to receive weather information. Here are some of the ways you can keep up to date with the latest weather watches and warnings.

Internet / Social Media / TV / Radio / Wireless 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: Follow us on Facebook for updates on the latest weather concerns, climate information and other interesting tidbits.

Twitter: Follow us on Twitter for updates on the latest weather concerns, climate information and other interesting tidbits.

You Tube: Follow us on You Tube.

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 / 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.

NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards - Popular Features

NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards provides non-stop weather forecasts, along with watch and warning information 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.

Tone Alarm: Some winter weather warnings may be 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. During the winter, tone alarms are only used to alert people of the greatest of winter threats.

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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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
Jordan


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

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

North Dakota

Dickinson
Scranton
Williston

162.550
162.500
162.525
162.475
162.400
162.400
162.475
162.425
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162.450
162.400



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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



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162.500
162.450
162.525
162.550
162.425
162.475
162.475
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162.450
162.550
162.500

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