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NOAA Weather Radio
"The Voice of the National Weather Service"
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NOAA Weather Radio provides continuous broadcasts direct from your local office of the National Weather Service, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts the latest weather information on seven frequencies in the 162.40 to 162.55 MHz range and in many cases can be received up to 40 miles from the transmitter. In the Mobile NWS Office Forecast Area, NOAA Weather Radio transmitters serve a total of 29 counties in Southeast Mississippi, Southwest Alabama and Northwest Florida.

Regular broadcasts are tailored to the needs of the people that live within the listening area of a transmitter. During hazardous weather situations, though, regular programming will be interrupted to provide up-to-date information, watches, or most importantly, warnings. A special tone, which automatically triggers weather radio receivers with an "alert" feature, can also be used to alert the listener of a dangerous weather situation.

In addition to the regular alarm tone which sounds the alarm within the entire transmitter listening area encompassing multiple counties, we now generate a SAME (which is short for Specific Area Message Encoder alarm), allows you to select only the county or counties you want to be alerted for. The SAME alert system therfore allows you to program your receiver for a specific county or for multiple counties, thus eliminating alerts for counties you are not concerned about. As a result, SAME is one of the primary activators of the new Emergency Alert System, which replaces the Emergency Broadcast System. SAME equipped receivers are available to the general public from local radio supply stores at a cost ranging typically from $50 to $100 per unit. These units are useful in that you are only alerted (or awakened) for warnings that will affect only the county or counties you designate.

Under a January 1975 White House policy statement, NOAA Weather Radio was designated the sole Government-operated radio system to provide direct warnings into private homes for both natural disasters and nuclear attack.

If you have a question about NOAA Weather radio, the information broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio, or the Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) don't hesitate to contact Jeff Garmon , Warning Coordination Meteorologist here at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

The National Weather Service Office in Mobile currently broadcasts continuous weather information to parts of Southeast Mississippi, South Alabama, and the Western Florida Panhandle on the following stations and frequencies:

KIH-59 Dozier, AL In Alabama: Andalusia, Troy 162.550 MHz
KEC-61 Mobile, AL In Mississippi: Pascagoula, Lucedale In Alabama: Mobile, Bay Minette, Gulf Shores 162.550 MHz
KEC-86 Pensacola, FL In Alabama: Gulf Shores In Florida: Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach 162.400 MHz
WWF-55 Jackson, AL In Alabama: Jackson, Grove Hill, Chatom, Monroeville 162.500 MHz
WNG-607 Greenville, AL In Alabama: Greenville 162.425 MHz
WNG-646 Brewton, AL In Alabama: Brewton 162.475 MHz
WNG-640 Leaksville, MS In Mississippi: Leaksville 162.425 MHz


Here's a link detailing NOAA Weather Radio stations and frequencies across the Southern United States.

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Programming Schedule for NOAA Weather Radio at NWS Mobile
Program Item When is it updated?
Station I.D. and Weather Synopsis 2 a.m., 10 a.m., 6 p.m.
Radar Summary and Hourly Weather Conditions Every hour
Short Term Forecast When needed
Local Forecast and Extended Forecast 5 a.m., 5 p.m. (or updated) 
Marine Weather Conditions Not broadcast on KIH-59, WWF-55 or WXL-72 Every hour
Coastal Marine Forecast, Tide Information, and Tropical Weather Outlook (When in season) 5 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m., 10 p.m.
Climate Summaries, only on KEC61 and KEC86 6 a.m., 6 p.m. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.