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The Weather Hazard Threefold

A large dome of high pressure will continue the sweltering heat in parts of the West and the central Plains. Meanwhile, a cold front will produce severe thunderstorms, capable of all hazards, the next few days from the Mid-Upper Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. Finally, a tropical or subtropical depression may form in the west-central Gulf of Mexico tonight or early Friday. Read More >

NWR Coverage

 


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Coverage Map Notes

The coverage statistics and maps are calculated using a computer model and station data assuming ideal conditions. Coverage may be 5 to 10 percent below the computer predicted coverage for the following reasons:

  • The computer model is sensitive to antenna performance. Antenna performance is a function of local conditions, causing signals to be stronger signal level in some directions than others.
  • Placement of NWR antennas is dictated by the tower owner, which may result in a less than ideal set up.
  • The antenna may be affected by nearby structures or bodies of water.
  • In some special instances, the antenna may have been intentionally adjusted to be "directional" and provide better coverage to a specific area to the detriment of other areas.
  • Because of variations in local site conditions, the performance of an individual transmitter and antenna may be less than predicted or expected.
  • Seasonal environmental conditions, such as icing or heavy rain, affect performance of a transmitter station and its various components, particularly those subject to continuous weather exposure.
  • The coverage maps are shown in a single color format, which relates to an estimated signal level.
    • White: Signal level of greater than 18dBuV: Reliable coverage