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NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a nationwide network of nearly 940 transmitters which continuously broadcast warnings, watches, forecasts, and other emergency messages, 24 hours a day.  You can think of it as your own personal indoor tornado siren. Here in southern Missouri, we provide the programming for thirteen transmitters. (See map above)

 As a key component of the nationwide modernization of the National Weather Service, we have initiated NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.  Forecasts and statements will automatically and instantaneously go straight from the NWS forecaster out over the airwaves, eliminating any delays in broadcasting critical information.

 Yes, the voice is noticeably different.  We have traded personality for speed, and to free up the broadcasters so that they can spend more time analyzing and detecting hazardous weather. This will lead to enhanced services as we strive to meet our main mission...the protection of life and property of the citizens of the Ozarks.

 The NWS office gets rather busy during severe weather, so by automatically broadcasting using the synthesized voice, the staff member previously just sitting in front of a microphone can now complete more important tasks such as talking with severe weather spotters and answering public calls as to the whereabouts of reported severe storms.

What is NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) of the Department of Commerce. NOAA weather radio provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information directly from the National Weather Service offices across the country. Weather messages are taped and run in a cycle lasting on an average of four to six minutes, and are updated frequently throughout the day.

When severe weather occurs, the routine broadcasting will be interrupted to provide the listener with frequent updates on severe weather warnings or statements for your area. When a severe weather warning is issued and you are within 40 miles of the transmitter, a weather tone will alert on specially built receivers, with warning and safety information following directly after the tone. With the new Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) weather radios, you can program your weather radio to only receive warnings for the county you program into the radio.

How can I listen to NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts are made on one of seven high-band FM frequencies ranging from 162.40 to 162.55 MHz. These frequencies are usually not found on the average radio, but require a specially built receiver to pick up the broadcasts.




Am I able to receive NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts at my location?

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts can usually be heard as far away as 40 miles from the antenna site, many times more. The effective range depends on many factors, including height of the antenna, terrain, quality of the receiver, and atmospheric conditions. Here at the Springfield Missouri office, NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is broadcast from 12 transmitters located throughout southwest, south central, and central Missouri. Due to the hilly terrain across the Ozarks, some areas in valleys may have trouble receiving the broadcast, especially if some distance from the transmitter.

What frequency should I tune in to at my location?





  NOAA Weather Radio Transmitters Locations

Station Transmitter Location Frequency Some cities within range
WXL-46 Fordland 162.400 MHz Springfield...Branson...Ozark
KZZ-82 Gainesville 162.425 MHz Gainesville...Ava
WXJ-61 Avilla 162.425 MHz Joplin...Neosho
WXM-81 Hermitage 162.450 MHz Hermitage
KJY-82 Neosho 162.450 MHz Neosho...Joplin...Carthage...Miami...Columbus
KZZ-30 El Dorado Springs 162.475 MHz Nevada...El Dorado Springs...Stockton
WWF-76 Summersville 162.475 MHz West Plains...Houston...Eminence
WNG-648 Crocker 162. 500 MHz Dixon...Rolla...Vienna
KXI-35  Alton 162.500 MHz Alton
KXI-38 West Plains 162.525 MHz West Plains
WNG-608 Cassville 162.500 MHz Cassville...Monett
WXJ-90 Osage Beach 162.550 MHz Osage Beach...Lake of the Ozarks
KZZ-43 Branson 162.550 MHz Branson...Kimberling City...Forsyth and Galena

 What is the programming schedule for NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio?

Programming on NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio will vary from office to office. At the Springfield, Missouri office, we try to stick to the following program schedule, whenever possible. The program schedule is similar for all transmitter locations.

Routine Weather Broadcast Schedule

Product Schedule
Station ID
24 hours/day
Current Time
24 hours/day
7 Day Forecast
24 hours/day (updated as needed)
Regional Weather Summary
24 hours/day (updated at 11AM, 5PM, 9PM, and 5 AM)
Forecast for Surrounding Cities
5AM-8AM and 5PM-8PM
Hourly Weather Round-up
24 hours/day (updated at :10 after each hour)
Daily Climate Summary
6AM-8AM and 6PM-8PM
Hazardous Weather Outlook
24 hours/day (updated at 6AM, 1PM, and as needed)
Lake Stages
9AM-11AM and 5PM-7PM
Short Term Forecasts
as needed

Regular programming will be interrupted during periods of severe weather, such as when tornado, severe thunderstorm, or flash flood watches and warnings are in affect across southwest, south central, or central Missouri.