NOAA03-R299-17
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Contact: Chris Jones
8/26/03
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EXPANDS WEATHER RADIO COVERAGE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service officials from Wyoming joined management in Kaycee on August 23, 2003, to formally dedicate a new all hazards NOAA Weather Radio transmitter to serve southern Johnson County and nearby areas. NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

According to Chris Jones, warning coordination meteorologist at the NOAA Weather Forecast Office in Riverton, the agency recently began broadcasting over the Kaycee NOAA Weather Radio transmitter. The effective broadcast range is 40 miles, depending on terrain, he said.

“The 300-watt transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.550 MHz,” Jones said, “providing severe weather and forecast information to residents in southern Johnson County. The realization of this transmitter is an excellent example of what the federal government can accomplish in partnership with local officials to help keep the public informed about weather and safe from the impacts of hazardous weather. We’re proud to be a part of such a successful effort.”

Jones noted the dedication took place just a few days before the first anniversary of the August 27, 2002, flash flood that devastated Kaycee. The transmitter will provide area residents with faster access to future flash flood warnings.

Known as “The Voice of the National Weather Service,” NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts originate from the operations area of forecast offices around the country. NOAA Weather Radio is an all-hazards warning service, which provides non-weather emergency messages and the quickest access to severe weather and flood warnings, as well as providing important weather information and forecasts around the clock 365 days a year.

The NOAA Weather Radio network includes more than 800 transmitters covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Pacific Territories. NOAA Weather Radio is the National Weather Services’ primary entry point into the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Alert System.

Available for purchase at electronics and discount stores, NOAA Weather Radio receivers come in many sizes, with a variety of functions and costs. Most receivers are seven-channel, battery-powered portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup. Many receivers sound an alarm automatically and turn themselves on if a severe weather warning is broadcast; and can be programmed to warn for weather and non-weather emergencies in a specific county or other defined area. Some televisions, scanners, HAM radios, CB radios, short wave receivers and AM/FM radios are also capable of receiving NOAA Weather Radio transmissions.

For additional information about the Kaycee NOAA Weather Radio transmitter, contact Jones at the Riverton Weather Forecast Office at 307-857-3898, or visit the office’s web site at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/riw. Additional information about NOAA Weather Radio may be found online at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

The NOAA National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. The NOAA National 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 the NOAA National Weather Service online, please, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please, visit http://www.noaa.gov.

On the Web:

Riverton Weather Forecast Office Web site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/riw.

NOAA Weather Radio: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

NOAA National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov.