National Weather Service Expands NOAA Weather Radio Coverage 

March 9, 2009

NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards.
NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards.

Residents and visitors in eastern Kansas and western Missouri now have immediate access to weather information thanks to a new NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards transmitter, recently installed in Linn County, Kan.

The new all hazards transmitter is strategically located to provide NOAA Weather Radio services covering all or parts of Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Franklin, Linn, and Miami counties in Kansas, as well as Bates, Cass and, Vernon counties in Missouri.

“This transmitter helps us provide better warning for severe weather and flooding in portions of Kansas and Missouri where people weren’t able to pick up reliable broadcasts in the past,” said Julie Adolphson, meteorologist-in-charge of the Kansas City Weather Forecast Office. “We’re proud to be part of successful efforts to keep the public safe from the impacts of hazardous weather, and I want to recognize the excellent cooperation and efforts of the Kansas Department of Transportation to ensure success of the project.”

Known as “The Voice of the National Weather Service,” NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards broadcasts originate from the agency’s 122 forecast offices around the country. NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards provides non-weather emergency messages and the quickest access to severe weather and flood warnings, as well as important weather information and forecasts around the clock, 365 days a year.

Residents, schools and businesses can use these special weather radio receivers to be alerted immediately to severe weather and other emergency messages. Available for purchase at local electronics stores, NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards receivers come in many sizes, with a variety of functions and costs. Most receivers are seven-channel, battery-powered portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup. Many receivers sound an alarm automatically and turn themselves on if a severe weather warning is broadcast. They can be programmed to warn for weather and non-weather emergencies in a specific county or other defined area.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.