National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts heard across southeast Indiana, northern Kentucky, and central/southwest Ohio originate from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. Each of our transmitters broadcasts official National Weather Service forecasts, weather watches and warnings, special statements, and current weather conditions for a specific area. Generally repeated every 4 to 10 minutes, the broadcast cycle is routinely updated every 1 to 3 hours (or more frequently if the weather dictates). During severe weather, routine broadcasts can be interrupted to highlight special warning messages concerning imminent threats to life and property.

What types of weather information is available on NOAA Weather Radio?

  • Brief synopsis detailing weather patterns for the next few days
  • 7-day forecasts of clouds, precipitation, temperatures, and winds
  • Current weather conditions across the region
  • Daily/monthly climatological data for Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton
  • River stage levels and forecasts for points along the Ohio River
  • Watches and warnings for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, strong winds, winter weather, etc.
  • Special weather statements for significant but non-severe weather

What NWS products will activate the alarm on my NOAA Weather Radio receiver?

Product SAME Alert? 1050 Hz Tone?
Blizzard Warning Yes Yes
Blizzard Watch No No
Winter Storm Warning Yes Yes
Winter Storm Watch No No
Winter Weather Advisory No No
Ice Storm Warning Yes Yes
Freezing Rain Advisory No No
Wind Chill Warning Yes Yes
Wind Chill Watch No No
Wind Chill Advisory No No
Flash Flood Warning Yes Yes
Flash Flood Statement No No
Flash Flood Watch Yes Yes
Flood Watch No No
County (Areal) Flood Warning Yes Yes
River Flood Warning Yes Yes
Flood Statement No No
Flood Advisory No No
Tornado Warning Yes Yes
Tornado Watch Yes Yes
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Yes Yes
Severe Thunderstorm Watch Yes Yes
Severe Weather Statement No No
Special Weather Statement No No
High Wind Warning Yes Yes
High Wind Watch No No
Wind Advisory No No
Dense Fog Advisory No No
Freezing Fog Advisory No No
Excessive Heat Warning No No
Excessive Heat Watch No No
Heat Advisory No No
Freeze Warning No No
Freeze Watch No No
Frost Advisory No No


What non-weather emergency products will activate the alarm on my NOAA Weather Radio receiver?

Product SAME Alert? 1050 Hz Tone?
Administrative Message No No
Child Abduction Alert Yes No
Civil Danger Warning Yes Yes
Civil Emergency Message Yes Yes
Earthquake Warning Yes Yes
Evacuation Immediate Yes Yes
Fire Warning Yes Yes
Hazardous Materials Warning Yes Yes
Law Enforcement Warning Yes Yes
Local Area Emergency No No
911 Telephone Outage Emergency No No
Nuclear Power Plant Warning Yes Yes
Radiological Hazard Warning Yes Yes
Shelter In Place Warning Yes Yes
Required Weekly Test Yes Yes