KEC55

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Coordinates: 32°32′12″N 97°24′47″W / 32.536567°N 97.413110°W / 32.536567; -97.413110

KEC55 - Fort Worth All Hazards
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City of license Crowley/Fort Worth, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas / Fort Worth Metro / Meridian / Hillsboro
Branding NOAA All Hazards Radio
Slogan The Voice Of The National Weather Service
Frequency 162.550 MHz
Format Weather/Civil Emergency
Language(s) English
Power 1,000 Watts
HAAT 168 M
Class C
Owner NOAA/National Weather Service
Website www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd

KEC55 (sometimes referred to as Fort Worth All Hazards) is a NOAA Weather Radio station that serves Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas south, west and north of the immediate metroplex. It is programmed from the National Weather Service forecast office in Fort Worth, Texas with its transmitter located in Crowley. It broadcasts weather and hazard information for the following Counties: Bosque, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.

Hourly conditions on this station are reported for the following cities: DFW Airport, Fort Worth Meacham, Dallas Love Field, Arlington, Denton, Mineral Wells, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Waco, and Tyler.

The audio feed was in use on KXAS-TV's "NBC Plus" channel on 5.2[1] prior to switching to "NBC DFW Nonstop". Currently it is available on WFAA-TV's "AccuWeather channel" on 8.2 and on WFAA's main signal via the second audio program.[2]

History[edit]

KEC-55 was one of 300 NOAA Weather Radio stations added across the United States in the 1970s. Until synthesized voice broadcasts were introduced into the NOAA Weather Radio network in 1998, both this station and KEC56 in Dallas simulcasted.

On March 30, 2009; Station KEC-55's transmitter was knocked off the air by a severe thunderstorm moments after the National Weather Service issued severe weather warnings for Johnson, Tarrant, and surrounding counties. It was back on the air the next afternoon.[3]

Throughout early 2009, all NOAA Weather Radio Stations within the North Texas region (including KEC55) began airing a monthly 5 minute talk show titled "The Lightning Bolt" where listener-submitted questions related to weather are answered by meteorologists.[4]

Coverage map[edit]

Coverage Area of KEC55 in Fort Worth


References[edit]

  1. ^ KXAS-DT 5.2 Fort Worth: NBC Plus? - Radio-Info.com (accessed June 7, 2009)
  2. ^ WFAA live weather channel - WFAA-TV (accessed July 14, 2011)
  3. ^ Storm knocks out weather radio transmitter - WFAA-TV (released March 31, 2009)
  4. ^ The Lightning Bolt - NWS - Fort Worth (accessed July 5, 2009)

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