A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio is a dedicated radio that receives real-time weather information direct from the National Weather Service (NWS). For the Charlotte region, you may tune your NOAA enabled weather radio to WXL-70A (162.475) for the latest weather-related information. A routine weather message is typically repeated every four (4) to six (6) minutes and are updated everyone (1) to three (3) hours. During severe weather, more frequent updates and live broadcasts are used to notify listeners of potential hail, flooding, tornadoes, blizzard conditions and other weather warnings. Newer radios can be set to play county-specific alerts. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can usually be heard as far as miles from a transmitter, although a good quality antenna may be needed for reliable reception in some urban areas.
If you do not have access to or the means to purchase a NOAA enabled weather radio and you would like one, a limited number are available through our office. You may request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our office at 704.336.2412