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Somehow, Oklahoma out of all places has little to no online availability of NOAA “All Hazards” Weather Radio, so I’ve decided to provide some redundancy.

In a hurry? Jump to the end for a direct link to the online broadcast feed.

Years ago, particularly when I was more active with Skywarn and storm spotting, I would regularly listen to the National Weather Service’s radio broadcasts over the Internet. However over the last few years in particular most if not of these sources have shut down. Weather Underground and others have shuttered their radio streams and the few remaining independent providers have mostly gone off the air (off the web).

So (quite a while ago), I decided to become a broadcast feed provider to fill this gap, and I’ve now finally acquired the hardware and software necessary to capture this marine-band radio spectrum broadcast, encode it, and deliver it by IP right to your ears around the clock.

This feed is a very nearly real-time online repeater broadcast of WXK-85, the NOAA Weather Radio station operating on a frequency of 162.40 MHz with programming serving portions of northern, western, central, and southern Oklahoma, and western north Texas. Station content originates from the Norman Weather Forecast Office (you can find their graphics and other weather products at weather.gov/norman). More details about the WXK-85 station including coverage maps and broadcast schedule, can be found at weather.gov/oun/radio-okc.

Coverage area of the broadcast station WXK-85. Of course with the online feed you can listen anywhere.

Due to data processing and distribution over the cloud, this web audio feed is a few moments behind the live broadcast. And while my capture and broadcast hardware is connected to a backup power supply, this feed is provided over a consumer/residential internet connection that has no uptime service guarantee. Therefore this (or any other online data feed) should not be relied upon for the protection of life and property during emergencies such as tornado or other events where critical information must be received immediately. A real weather radio or even AM/FM radio (with fresh batteries) for use during emergency situations will always be a better source.

That all being said, you can listen to the feed through participating online stream directories such as Broadcastify, where my feed is located and can be listened to online at broadcastify.com/listen/feed/32980.

You can also listen with an app, use your favorite radio scanner app to search for “OKC NOAA Wx Radio 162.40” or just click here to listen using the Scanner Radio app that I use myself.

While you’re here, check out the weather category for some other apps and services I rely on for weather information.