NOAA 2002-R238
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Contact: Pat Slattery
11/15/02
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EXPANDS NOAA WEATHER RADIO COVERAGE

NOAA National Weather Service (NOAA Weather Service) officials joined their counterparts from the USDA Rural Utilities Service and the La Plata Electrical Association in Durango today to formally dedicate a new NOAA Weather Radio transmitter to serve southwest Colorado. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the of Commerce Department.

According to Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Pringle of the NOAA Weather Service forecast office in Grand Junction, the agency began broadcasts over the Durango NOAA Weather Radio transmitter located on Missionary Ridge in the southwest San Juan Mountains on Oct. 11, 2002. The 100-watt transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.425 MHz, Pringle said. NOAA Weather Radio transmitters have an effective broadcast range of about 40 miles, depending on terrain and other factors.

Purchase and installation of the transmitter system were accomplished through a joint effort by the La Plata Electrical Cooperative, the NOAA Weather Service and the USDA Rural Utilities Service, which funded more than half the project. A complete list of donors is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt.

“Making this transmitter a reality is an excellent example of what the public and private sectors can accomplish in partnership to help keep the public informed about weather and safe from the impacts of severe weather,” Pringle said. “We’re proud to be a part of such a successful effort.”

The voice of the NOAA Weather Service, NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts originate at weather service forecast offices across the country. NOAA Weather Radio is an all hazards warning service which provides civil emergency messages and the quickest access to severe weather and flood warnings, as well as providing important weather information and forecasts around the clock for 365 days a year.

Available at electronics and discount stores, NOAA Weather Radio receivers can be programmed to allow for remote activation by weather service broadcast codes that will sound a tone alarm and voice warning any time of the day or night. Scanners can also be used to tune in to the NOAA Weather Radio broadcast.

For additional information about the new Durango NOAA Weather Radio transmitter, contact Jim Pringle at the Grand Junction weather forecast office at (970) 243-7007, Ext. 726.

NOAA Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

To learn more about NOAA, please visit:

http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA Weather Service:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov.

Additional information on NOAA Weather Radio may be found on the World Wide Web:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.