Known as the voice of the National Weather Service, 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 daily.
NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. With more than 940 transmitters, NWR covers all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. A special radio receiver or scanner is necessary to receive the NWR signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz):
|• 162.400||• 162.500|
|• 162.425||• 162.525|
|• 162.450||• 162.550|
Working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Alert System (EAS), NWR is an “all hazards” radio network, making it a single source for the most comprehensive weather and emergency information.
In conjunction with federal, state and local emergency managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards, including:
- Natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches)
- Environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills)
- Public Safety (such as AMBER Alerts or 911 telephone outages)