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8/10/05
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NEW NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL-HAZARDS TRANSMITTER BROADCASTS FROM BIG HORN COUNTY, MONT.

Montana’s Big Horn County and Crow Indian Reservation residents and visitors along with travelers along Interstate 90 now have better access to weather information with a new NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards transmitter installed near Hardin, Mont.

Hardin area radio listeners can tune to 162.450 MHz on NOAA Weather Radio for the broadcasts from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Billings, Mont. NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards, known as “The Voice of the National Weather Service,” is a continuous 24-hour source of the latest weather forecasts and warnings broadcast directly from the Billings Weather Forecast Office.

“This radio broadcast is possible through a partnership involving NOAA, Big Horn County and the Crow Indian Reservation,” said Keith Meier, meteorologist-in-charge of the Billings Forecast Office. The transmitter was provided by the National Weather Service’s Western Region Headquarters in Salt Lake City.

“Together these partners help us get the National Weather Service’s vital information to people throughout this area,” Meier added. “Citizens can now have weather information available at their fingertips any time for most of Big Horn County, including the portion of Interstate 90 within the county.”

The Hardin transmitter significantly increases the National Weather Service’s ability to reach the public directly with weather warnings and forecasts. NOAA Weather Radios in the home, car and other vehicles help protect families, individuals and property. Recreation enthusiasts along the Big Horn River also have instant weather information at their fingertips.

Ed Auker, Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator for Big Horn County, said, “NOAA Weather Radio has the potential to make a big difference in protecting lives and property in Big Horn County.”

“With a NOAA’s Weather Radio All-Hazards network consists of more than 900 transmitters covering nearly all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. Pacific territories, we have the capability to get critical warnings and environmental information to 95 percent of the U.S. population,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards provides important weather information during natural or man-made disasters, and can place safety information directly on the airwaves to quickly alert the public to take protective actions.”

NOAA's National Weather Service is the official source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA's 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.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, 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. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

Editors note: For more information about the Hardin NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitter, contact James Scarlett, warning coordination meteorologist for the Billings, Mont., Weather Forecast Office, (406) 652-0851, ext. 2.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

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

NOAA’s National Weather Service in Billings, Mont.: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/byz/

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