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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15,2006

Contact: Brian LaMarre
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service – Lubbock, TX
(806) 745-3916 ext. 223


CHILDRESS, TEXAS RECEIVES NEW NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS TRANSMITTER

Across portions of the Texas Panhandle and southwest Oklahoma, the public now has access to weather information 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to a new NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitter recently installed in Childress, TX.

Residents of the Texas Panhandle and southwest Oklahoma area can tune to 162.525 MHz on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for the broadcasts from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Lubbock, TX. Operational broadcasts began on Thursday, December 14, 2006. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, known as “The Voice of the National Weather Service,” is a continuous 24-hour source of the latest weather forecasts and warnings broadcast directly from the NWS Forecast Office in Lubbock, TX.

“This radio broadcast has been made possible through a partnership between NOAA/NWS and the City of Childress, TX with site facilities provided by Station Owner and Management of KCTX Radio in Childress, TX,” said Justin Weaver, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Lubbock NWS Forecast Office. “Together these partners now help us bring the National Weather Service’s vital information to people across this area.”

“Citizens can now have weather information available at their fingertips any time across portions of the Rolling Plains of West Texas and southwest Oklahoma,” Weaver added. “The Childress, TX transmitter significantly increases our ability to reach our important listeners off the Caprock of West Texas with weather warnings and forecasts. A NOAA Weather Radio in the home, car, truck, and other vehicles helps protect families, individuals and property.”

As stated by Jim Boles, Station Owner and Manager of KCTX Radio in Childress, TX, “We are so pleased to have the weather radio transmitter in our city. Not only will the NOAA Weather Radio benefit Childress, but it will provide coverage to our partners, friends and family in surrounding counties and communities.” Bill Ricks, Director of Emergency Manager for the City of Childress, mentioned “We are so appreciative to be working with the team of professionals at the NWS in Lubbock in bringing these life-saving broadcasts to the area; they have been a tremendous help throughout this effort and we look forward to our continued relationship with them.”

“NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards allows us to send weather statements, forecasts and warnings straight from the forecaster to the public in an effort to save lives and property,” said Brian LaMarre, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Lubbock NWS Forecast Office. “It’s been a true team effort in bringing NOAA Weather Radio to Childress and the surrounding communities – an area heavily impacted by severe weather and other hazards. We are entering a very exciting time in providing information to the public when they need it most”, LaMarre added.

“With a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards network consisting of more than 940 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. Pacific Territories, we have the capability to get critical warnings and environmental information to 95 percent of the U.S. population,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards provides important weather information during natural or man-made disasters, and can be used to place safety information directly on the airwaves to directly alert the public to take protective actions.”

In 2007 NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, celebrates 200 years of science and service to the nation. Starting with the establishment of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA. The agency is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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On the Web:
NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov
NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov
NOAA’s National Weather Service Lubbock, TX: http://www.weather.gov/lubbock
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards: http://www.weather.gov/nwr

Also, NOAA’s National Weather Service Lubbock, TX, weather radio page


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