NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.
Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System (EAS), NWR is an "all hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information.
Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service",NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes 950 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories.
The seven frequencies in the VHF band (MHz) that NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts on are:
Transmitters operated by NWS Pittsburgh
KIH-35 162.55 MHz WWG-35 162.425 MHz
WWF-35 162.525 MHz WXJ-47 162.475 MHz
KXI-73 162.450 MHz KWN-36 162.500 MHz
KWN-35 162.475 MHz KZZ-42 162.500 MHz
WNG-735 162.425 MHz
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh operates 9 different NOAA Weather Radio transmitters in our CWA (county warning area).
Radio Station KIH-35 serves the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and surrounding counties. The transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.55 MHz from a tower located in the City of Pittsburgh, PA.
Radio Station WWF-35 (Bridgeport, OH) serves parts of Eastern Ohio, the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania. The transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.525 MHz. from a tower located in Bridgeport Ohio.
Radio Station WXJ-47 (High Hill, OH) serves much of East Central and Southeast Ohio. The transmitter broadcasts on 162.475 MHz. from a tower located in Cambridge Ohio.
Radio station WWG-53 (Parker, PA) serves West Central and portions Northwest Pennsylvania. The transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.425 MHz. from a tower owned by Central Electric CO-OP, near Parker Pennsylvania.
Radio station KXI-73 (Backbone Mountain) serves Tucker, Preston, Barbour, Randolph, and Grant counties in West Virginia, as well as Garrett County, MD. The transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.450 MHz. from a tower located in Central Tucker County, West Virginia.
Radio Station KWN-36 (Gregg Knob)serves North Central West Virginia, Western Maryland, and portions of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.500 MHz. from a tower located in East Central Preston County, West Virginia.
Radio Station KWN-35 (Morgantown) serves Northern West Virginia, and portions of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.475 MHz. from a tower located near Morgantown West Virginia.
Radio station KZZ-42 (Punxsutawney, PA) serves West Central Pennsylvania. The transmitter broadcasts on a frequency of 162.500 MHz. from a tower located near Punxsutawney Pennsylvania.
All broadcasts originate from the National Weather Service office here in Pittsburgh .
The broadcasts can usually be heard as far as 40 miles from the transmitter sites. The distance will vary according to your elevation, the quality of your receiver and antenna, and the quality of the transmitter output.
During severe weather, the National Weather Service can interrupt the routine weather broadcasts and substitute special warning messages. These warnings are preceded by a tone alert signal that activates specially designed receivers. The receivers sound an alarm, indicating that a weather emergency exists. The listener can then turn up the volume to hear the warning message. Some radios can switch automatically from a muted mode to an audible volume so that the warning message is heard.
In the most sophisticated alerting system, Weather Radio Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME), digital coding is employed to activate only those special receivers programmed for specific emergency conditions in a specific area, typically a county. SAME can activate specially equipped radio and cable television receivers and provide a short text message that identifies the location and type of emergency.
The warning alarm and battery backup features are worthwhile, especially valuable for schools, hospitals, public safety agencies, and news media offices.
The warning alarm is activated for the following...
Products that are EASed/SAMED and tone alerted
Tornado Watches and Warnings
Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings
Flash Flood/Flood Watches and Warnings
River Flood Warnings (only in very rapidly developing situations)
Winter Storm Watches and Warnings (only in very rapidly developing situations)
Nuclear Attack Messages
Civil Emergency Messages
Tests of the NOAA Weather Radio warning alarm system are conducted every Wednesday between 11 am and 12 noon. The test is canceled if severe weather is expected during that time.
NOAA WEATHER RADIO SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGE ENCODING REQUIRED STATE AND COUNTY FIPS CODES FOR PROGRAMMING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
Click here for a complete list of SAME codes for Areas not listed below:
STATE COUNTY FIPS CODE STATE COUNTY FIPS CODE OHIO 39 PENNSYLVANIA 42 BELMONT 013 LAWRENCE 073 CARROLL 019 MERCER 085 COLUMBIANA 029 VENANGO 121 COSHOCTON 031 WASHINGTON 125 GUERNSEY 059 WESTMORELAND 129 HARRISON 067 WEST VIRGINIA 54 JEFFERSON 081 BROOKE 009 MONROE 111 HANCOCK 029 NOBLE 121 MARION 049 MUSKINGUM 119 MARSHALL 051 TUSCARAWAS 157 MONONGALIA 061 OHIO 069
PENNSYLVANIA 42 ALLEGHENY 003 PRESTON 077 ARMSTRONG 005 TUCKER 093 BEAVER 007 WETZEL 103 BUTLER 019 MARYLAND 24 CLARION 031 GARRETT 023 FAYETTE 051 FOREST 053 GREENE 059 INDIANA 063 JEFFERSON 065
SURROUNDING COUNTIES OF NWS PITTSBURGH COUNTY WARNING AREA STATE COUNTY FIPS CODE STATE COUNTY FIPS CODE OHIO 39 PENNSYLVANIA 42 ASHLAND 005 BEDFORD 009 ASHTABULA 007 BLAIR 013 ATHENS 009 CAMBRIA 021 CUYAHOGA 035 CENTRE 027 DELAWARE 041 CLEARFIELD 033 FAIRFIELD 045 CRAWFORD 039 FRANKLIN 049 ELK 047 GEAUGA 055 ERIE 049 HOLMES 075 MCKEAN 083 KNOX 083 SOMERSET 111 LAKE 085 WARREN 123 LICKING 089 WEST VIRGINIA 54 MAHONING 099 BARBOUR 001 MEDINA 103 BRAXTON 007 MORGAN 115 CALHOUN 013 MORROW 117 DODDRIDGE 017 PERRY 127 GILMER 021 PORTAGE 133 GRANT 023 RICHLAND 139 HARRISON 033 STARK 151 LEWIS 041 SUMMIT 153 MINERAL 057 TRUMBULL 155 PLEASANTS 073 WASHINGTON 167 RANDOLPH 083 WAYNE 169 RITCHIE 085 TAYLOR 091 TYLER 095 UPSHUR 097 WIRT 105 WOOD 107
MARYLAND 24 ALLEGANY 001