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(NWR) Network...the voice of the National Weather Service 


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The El Paso National Weather Service office operates two transmitter sites in Far West Texas and Southern New Mexico.  The NWS NOAA Weather Radio broadcast is the FASTEST most DIRECT source of official weather forecast and warning information for these areas.  Click here to find information on El Paso area, Spanish- El Paso area, Las Cruces area, and Silver City area     

 County Codes for SAME equipped receivers


FIPs Code


El Paso


162.475 MHz



162.475 MHz

Dona Ana


162.400 MHz



No coverage



No coverage



No coverage



162.400 MHz



162.400 MHz



  Fast Facts about NWS:


  • NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's (DoC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.
  • Weather radios equipped with a special alarm tone feature can turn themselves on and and sound an alert, giving immediate information about life threatening situations.
  • There are more than 450 NOAA Weather Radio stations in the 50 states and near adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Pacific Territories.
  • Broadcast distance from a NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is approximately 40 miles.
  • NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts watches when conditions are favorable for severe weather, and warnings when the occurrence of severe weather is imminent.
  • Did you know...that the audio you hear on the local cable channel is typically a rebroadcast of NOAA Weather Radio?
  • Weather radios come in many sizes and with a variety of functions and costs; from simple battery-operated portables, to CB radios, scanners, and short wave sets.
  • NOAA Weather Radios are available at electronics stores across the county.
  • SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology, a new feature in the NWR system, will let listeners pre-select the NWS alerts they want to receive, based on the county where they live.
  • NOAA Weather Radio is beginning a program that will turn written words into quality synthesized-voice broadcasts, significantly reducing the time it takes to get watch and warning information to the public.
  • The goal of the National Weather Service and other emergency preparedness agencies is to expand the reach of weather radio broadcasts to 95 percent of the U.S. population.

Mark Trail Picture

Meet Mark Trail...legendary comic strip character.  He is the official spokesperson for NOAA Weather Radio.   Mark has taught generations of Americans about life in the outdoors. The strip, syndicated by King Features in 175 newspapers nationwide, is written and drawn by Jack Elrod.