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NOAA Reminds Public of Weather Radio Coverage Areas

Many people use a cell phone app to be alerted about potential severe weather while visiting the North Shore. There are large swaths of the area without cell phone cover­age leaving those apps useless.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its National Weather Service (NWS) in the Twin Cities are reminding people that almost the entire state is covered by NOAA its weather radio service.

With over 1,000 broadcast stations across the country, NOAA Weather Radio broad­casts weather information 24 hours a day and broadcasts official watches and warnings when the NWS issues them.

A weather radio is a specialized receiver/ radio that is portable. A basic receiver can be had for less than $40. The radio can be set to silent mode and it will alert you when severe weather warnings occur.

In the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota NOAA operates seven stations. They can be found at:

KZZ44 Elephant Lake

KX144 Ely

KZZ45 Virginia

KIG64 Duluth

WNG630 Finland

KX143 Grand Marais

KX145 Gunflint Lake

Called The Voice of the National Weather Service, NOAA radio is also available on your app store. For information about cov­erage in Minnesota, visit www.weather.gov/nwt/minnesota.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
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