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NOAA Weather Radio


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What is NOAA Weather Radio?

NOAA Weather Radio, the voice of the National Weather Service, is the fastest, most reliable means of receiving information about life-threatening weather. It is a service provided by all NWS offices, free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Routine programming includes the latest weather conditions, weather summaries for the vicinity and surrounding areas, short term forecasts of significant weather expected within the next several days.

Why should I own one?
One of the most important reasons to own a weather radio is to receive up-to-the-second information on dangerous weather such as severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, and flash floods. Whether you're boating, camping, traveling, or just getting ready for work...a NOAA Weather Radio receiver puts timely weather information and forecasts at your fingertips...24 hours a day. Traveling? Take your weather radio with you for your own safety. NOAA Weather Radio Stations are nationwide.

Where can I buy a NOAA weather radio receiver?
NWR receiver manufacturers.

How much does a weather radio cost?
The price of a NOAA Weather Radio receiver depends on what features it includes. The most inexpensive, hand-held models (roughly in the $20 range) only receive the National Weather Service broadcast when the volume is turned up, much like a normal commercial radio does. More expensive receivers include a tone-alarm feature and NWR-SAME capability.

What is the tone-alarm feature for?
It allows you to set your weather radio receiver so that it will automatically notify you when an alert is issued, even when the volume is turned off. These receivers start at about $40.

What is NWR-SAME?
NOAA Weather Radio-Specific Area Message Encoder, or NWR-SAME means that your weather radio can receive signals from the Emergency Alert System (EAS). This allows you to choose what tone-alarmed products you want to be notified about for specific areas. Receivers with NWR-SAME capability start at about $80.

To Report a NOAA Weather Radio Outage Please Contact us at 559-584-3752.

Local Weather Radio Stations

KIH-62 162.40 MHz Live Broadcast
Broadcasts are tailored to the needs of the people living in the Central San Joaquin Valley & Central Sierra Nevada.

WXL-89 162.55 MHz
Broadcasts are tailored to the needs of the people living in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and Kern Mountains.

WNG-659 162.425 MHz Live Broadcast
Broadcasts are tailored to the needs of the people living in the Antelope and Indian Wells Valleys.

KAD-94 162.450 MHz Live Broadcast
Broadcasts are tailored to the needs of the people travelling through or camping in Yosemite National Park.

Our NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Map

All NOAA Weather Radio Live Broadcasts
All Hazards Alert Radios for Public Schools

NOAA Weather Radio Public Service Announcement from Richard Sturban of the Oak Ridge Boys

Information about reception with the Midland Model 74-210 NOAA weather radio receiver can be found here

Important information involving the recall of some NOAA weather radio receivers (Oregon Scientific Model WR-122) can be found here

What is the Console Replacement System?

Methods to improve reception of weather radio broadcasts (from WFO Marquette)


This site contains NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) information. It's purpose is to serve the NWS community by providing relevant NWR information in a timely manner. The content and format of the site are shaped by the needs of the users -- as such your comments and suggestions are welcomed. Comments should be forwarded to:

Daniel Harty, NWR Focal Point


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