Ways to receive weather information
by National Weather Service
April 20, 2012
The week of April 16 to April 20 has been designated Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wyoming. Today we will discuss NOAA Weather Radio and other ways to receive National Weather Service products and services.
All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio is the fastest and most practical way to receive National Weather Service information, including severe weather watches and warnings. Statements, forecasts, watches and warnings are broadcast immediately after the messages are transmitted. The National Weather Service has greatly expanded NOAA weather radio coverage across Wyoming over the past several years. Check-out the locations and coverages of individual NOAA weather radio transmitters on our web site at weather.gov/riverton/nwr/.
The regular broadcast cycle of NOAA weather radio includes regional weather summaries, the latest forecast tailored to your area and current local conditions. Temperature and wind information can be especially useful for schools, travelers or others planning outdoor activities. This routine cycle will be interrupted by a tone alert for selected watches and warnings. NOAA weather radio is an all hazards system. This allows local, state and federal emergency management officials to request messages to be broadcast during emergency situations. These include child abduction emergencies, Hazardous materials emergencies, fire warnings, jail breaks and civil emergencies.
NOAA weather radio receivers can be purchased at many electronics and internet stores. A list of the vendors is listed on the web at weather.gov/nwr/nwrrcvr.htm or contact the Riverton national weather service office.
Other systems provide National Weather Service warnings. Television media and local broadcast meteorologists do a very good job of providing severe weather coverage. They provide valuable information including National Weather Service watches and warnings. Many radio stations disseminate this same information to their listeners. Some have live severe weather coverage. In addition, many broadcast stations participate in the emergency alert system (EAS) which assures warning transmission when radio stations are in automatic mode.
There are numerous weather web sites that supply weather information. All National Weather Service home pages provide real-time radar data, updated weather and hydrological forecasts and information about weather service programs such as preparedness.
The National Weather Service is now on Facebook. Daily forecasts are available as well as information about recent weather events and upcoming outreach events. Facebook is a great way to interact with your local weather service office. You can report and post photos of significant weather happenings and see reports and photos of weather phenomena from other Facebook users.
Staff from the National Weather Service in Riverton are also available to conduct presentations regarding weather services, Safety, awareness, careers, and numerous other topics. To schedule a presentation for your school, community, church, or civic group please call 1-800-211-1448.