NOAA Weather Radio: The Source of Weather Information 24 Hours a Day

by James M. Jones, Natl Weather Service Forecast, Office, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Weather plays an important role in the day to day affairs of coastal communities. The timely and accurate receipt of weather information is critical, especially during inclement conditions. This paper examines the usefulness of NOAA Weather Radio as the source of complete weather information, not only for routine forecasts and observations, but also for warnings, advisories, and emergency service messages. This paper also examines the general content of NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts and how certain aspects can be adapted to the particular needs of the listening public. It also looks at the usefulness of the NOAA Weather Radio Warning Alarm as a means of speeding up the warning dissemination process.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Disaster warning systems | Forecasting | Emergency management | Coastal processes | Meteorology | Data analysis

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