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Please remember that you should NOT rely on this Internet audio to receive watches or warnings. Instead, you should have your own dedicated NOAA Weather Radio receiver which will alert you 24 hours a day to hazards in your area.

This stream player is provided as a convenience and is not an authoritative source for official watches, warnings or advisories -- those should be obtained directly using your own NOAA Weather Radio receiver.

How does this work?

The NOAA Site explains NOAA Weather Radio this way:

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for 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), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).

Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes more than 940 transmitters , covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz): 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525, 162.550

Uniden BearTracker 800 BCT7BemidjiWx.com operates a Uniden BearTracker 800 BCT7 set to 162.425MHz to receive NOAA station WXM99 broadcasting from Bemidji with 1000 Watts of power and a tower height of 299 meters. The audio output of the radio is fed to the line-input on the sound card for the weather station PC. Software by Oddcast encodes a 16Kbps monaural MP3 stream and sends it to the WeatherUnderground. WeatherUnderground then makes the stream accessable world-wide.

Radios with S.A.M.E. (Specific Area Message Encoding) receive the same alerts and warnings as the NOAA radios, but allow users to adjust reception for specific counties. This keeps false alarms to a minimum. Bemidji's WXM99 S.A.M.E ID is 027007

Special thanks to Jim at Juneau County Weather for the construction of the audio player box shown above.

Cheerfully taken from Ken at Saratoga Weather.



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