Cassville area residents can feel safer now during severe weather outbreaks thanks to the fine-tuning of the local National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) weather radio all hazards transmitter.
"Terrain and other natural features can change over time, and we started getting some complaints about frequency interference and unclear broadcasts from our NOAA weather radio transmitter in Cassville," said Bill Davis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield. "We knew we had to take care of the problem to keep our loyal listeners safe from severe weather. We were pleased to find out changing the frequencies of the Cassville and Grove, Okla., transmitters will take care of the challenge."
Davis said the change would be official on Oct. 15 for the Cassville transmitter. On that day, broadcasts for Barry, Lawrence, McDonald and Newton counties in southwest Missouri will change from the current 162.525 MHz to 162.500 MHz. The frequency transfer includes clearing up similar problems with the Grove, Okla., transmitter.
Steve Runnels, warning coordination meteorologist, worked closely with maintenance specialists at the Kansas City regional office to determine the best available frequency and make changes to ensure strong, clear broadcasts.
"We've completed tests on both transmitters, and they passed with flying colors," Runnels said. "I'm sure everyone within the 40-mile radius will immediately recognize and appreciate the improvements."
The transmitter, WNG608, is located on a tower in Cassville, which is owned by KAMO Electric Cooperative.
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