Weather Radio - WWG55 162.50 MHz
NOAA Weather Radio is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As the "Voice of the National Weather Service," it provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information directly from National Weather Service (NWS) offices.
During severe weather, NWS forecasters can interrupt the routine weather broadcasts and substitute special warning messages. The forecasters can also activate specially designed warning receivers. Such receivers either sound an alarm indicating that an emergency exists, alerting the listener to turn the receiver up to an audible volume or, when operated in a muted mode, are automatically turned on so that the warning message is heard. Warning alarm receivers are especially valuable for schools, hospitals, public-safety agencies, and news media offices.
Colorado County is covered by the LaGrange weather radio station WWG55 transmitting on 162.500 MHz. This same station provides information for Austin, Bastrop, Fayette, Lee, and Washington counties. New radio receivers are now available to take advantage of Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) and Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). These two systems allow the receiver to be programmed to activate for specific warning messages and for specific counties. Colorado County is FIPS Code 048089 (Austin County is 048015 and Fayette County is 048149).