Tomah, Wis. (WEAU) -- Earlier this week, we told you about a new NOAA weather radio station that's on the air now serving several counties around Tomah. They're designed to wake you up and save your life...
Now crews are putting the finishing touches on a new transmitter in Ridgeville near Tomah... So people in several counties can get better coverage.
"It's a great device to have in the home. You get your everyday forecast plus the benefit of warnings as their issued," explains Todd Rieck, a forecaster at the La Crosse National Weather Service office.
The signal will cover all of Monroe County, most of Juneau County, and portions of Jackson, La Crosse, Vernon and Wood Counties on the station id KE2XKP on the frequency 162.525 MHZ.
"They hit the main population centers and so a lot of the rural areas or some that may be terrain challenged kind of missed out, so this particular area just didn't get enough overlap to get a signal," says Rieck.
Larry Dokken, deputy director of the Educational Communication Board engineered the transmitter and requested the funding from the state.
"The network is a combination of federal money. They were the first ones and they built 50% of the stations. When that funding ran out the ECB we went out to the legislature and got bonding money for the next big phase, and it's pretty much a fill in with state money," says Dokken.
The expansion of NOAA weather radio looks to continue the next couple of months to fill gaps in western Wisconsin. One transmitter will go in the Eau Claire area and another, a Webster transmitter will get relocated to Lampson to better serve the Hayward lakes area.
"probably in the next 2 or 3 months we'll see Eau Claire go on the air," says Dokken.
"The focus of weather radio is to get you the warning as quickly as possible to give you that time. Sometimes just a couple minutes is all you need to get to safety. Weather radio can do that for you.," explains Rieck.
An informational meeting was held Monday at the Tomah police office about a new NOAA weather radio station that is on the air. The transmitter is located in Ridgeville near Tomah.
The signal will reach all of Monroe county, most of Juneau county, and portions adjacent portions of La Crosse, Jackson, Vernon, Wood, and Adams county. The station ID is KE2XKP which can be found on the frequency 162.525 MHZ. The National Weather Service says the transmitter will fill in one of the few remaining gaps in NOAA weather radio coverage in the state. The transmitter was paid for and installed by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board.
The station will broadcast the most up to date watches, warning, and advisories along with forecasts from the National Weather Services.