|City of license||New York City|
|Broadcast area||New York City Metropolitan Area|
|Branding||NOAA [All Hazards] Weather Radio|
|Slogan||"The Voice Of The National Weather Service"|
|Owner||NOAA/National Weather Service|
KWO35 (note that the third character is the letter "O", not a numerical zero) is a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) station that serves the greater New York metropolitan area (which comprises New York City and the surrounding counties and municipalities in the Tri-state area), as well as marine interests from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Fire island, New York (out to 40 miles from the Atlantic coastline), as well as New York Harbor and western Long Island Sound. The transmitter is located atop the GE Building in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Programming originates from the National Weather Service weather forecast office (WFO) in Upton, New York (located east of New York City, in central Suffolk County on eastern Long Island). The station broadcasts 24 hours per day on a frequency of 162.55 MHz (one of seven VHF radio frequencies allocated by the U.S. Government for NWR transmissions, known collectively as "weather band"). On modern weather radio receivers, it is often tuned as "channel 7".
KWO35 broadcasts weather and civil hazards information for the following counties within its coverage area: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Rockland, Richmond, [western] Suffolk, and Westchester counties in southeastern New York; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, [eastern] Sussex, Union, and [eastern] Warren counties in northern and central New Jersey; [southern] Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut.
In addition to broadcasting routine weather/marine forecasts and conditions, the station will also transmit special weather statements, advisories, watches and warnings issued by the WFOs in Upton, New York and Mount Holly, New Jersey when hazardous weather conditions threaten the coverage area. In severe weather situations, the NWR Public Alert system may be used to activate specially-equipped weather band receivers, using both Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) and 1050 Hz alert tones. Radios that are SAME-capable can be configured to sound local alerts only (for specific counties) by programming in the corresponding Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) codes.
In July of 2013, outages became the norm - and numerous listeners complained about them. The National Weather Service (NWS) responded by announcing on their radio status page that KWO35's signal was interfering with U.S. Coast Guard radio transmissions, and would remain "out of service" until the issue was resolved.
As of late August 2013, the NWS WFO in Upton followed up by posting "public information statements" on their website, explaining that KWO35 would remain off-the-air indefinitely, but at times "may be returned to service intermittently" - and only for the purposes of testing for "interference" or broadcasting hazardous weather messages and/or alerts during "potentially dangerous weather situations".
Several other NWR stations broadcast within the Tri-state area and may provide partial coverage in some areas served by KWO35 - these include: WXM80 (Riverhead, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY) at 162.475 MHz; WXJ42 (Meriden, Fairfield County, southwestern CT) at 162.400 MHz; KZZ31 (Hardystown, Sussex County, extreme northern NJ) at 162.500 MHz; WXM60 (Southhard, Howell Township, Jersey Shore/central NJ) at 162.450 MHz. It should be noted that the New Jersey NWR stations receive most of their programming from the Mount Holly WFO, which covers much of New Jersey but primarily serves the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area and its adjacent region.
County Coverage for KWO35 (SAME/FIPS Codes)
- Fairfield, CT - 009001
- Bergen, NJ - 034003
- Essex, NJ - 034013
- Hudson, NJ - 034017
- Hunterdon, NJ - 034019
- Middlesex, NJ - 034023
- Monmouth, NJ - 034025
- Morris, NJ - 034027
- Ocean, NJ - 034029
- Passaic, NJ - 034031
- Somerset, NJ - 034035
- Sussex, NJ - 034037
- Union, NJ - 034039
- Warren, NJ - 034041
- Bronx, NY - 036005
- Kings, NY - 036047
- Nassau, NY - 036059
- New York, NY - 036061
- Queens, NY - 036081
- Richmond, NY - 036085
- Rockland, NY - 036087
- Suffolk, NY - 036103
- Westchester, NY - 036119
- NWS New York - NOAA Weather Radio Info
- NOAA Weather Radio Connecticut County Coverage
- NOAA Weather Radio New Jersey County Coverage
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