Freeze Warning Tonight And Tomorrow Morning

Two things came up today. There was a press release regarding the location being picked for our new radar. It will be located near Bondad. I did not know about it until the Herald called. I missed the call and tried to return the call but only got voicemail.

I am the wrong person to talk to as I was only on the first couple of conference calls after the grant was announced. I am by no means a radar expert but this seems like an excellent choice because there is a weather monitoring station at the same location.  When this started, many of the folks involved were hoping to get a site that would give decent coverage from Wolf Creek to the Utah border.  With all of the sites that were under consideration, they were able to simulate coverage results. I am sure the many powers that be with this chose the location for a reason. Again, I am not an expert on that process.

The second news was the Freeze Warning that was issued with the afternoon forecast package. Yesterday the forecast discussion said since most of the areas had already had freezing temperatures, so there was no reason to issue a warning. I thought that was an odd approach and apparently, they had second thoughts.

Here it is:

COZ001-021>023-290700-
/O.NEW.KGJT.FZ.W.0012.200929T0600Z-200929T1600Z/
LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER- ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF RANGELY, DINOSAUR, CORTEZ, DOVE CREEK, MANCOS, DURANGO, BAYFIELD, IGNACIO, AND PAGOSA SPRINGS
248 PM MDT MON SEP 28 2020

…FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM MDT TUESDAY…

* WHAT…SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES AS LOW AS 25 TO 30 DEGREES ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA IS EXPECTED.

* WHERE…LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN, FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER, ANIMAS RIVER BASIN AND SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN.

* WHEN…FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM MDT TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS…FROST AND FREEZE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS, OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED OUTDOOR PLUMBING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE STEPS NOW TO PROTECT TENDER PLANTS FROM THE COLD. TO PREVENT FREEZING AND POSSIBLE BURSTING OF OUTDOOR WATER PIPES THEY SHOULD BE WRAPPED, DRAINED, OR ALLOWED TO DRIP SLOWLY. THOSE THAT HAVE
IN-GROUND SPRINKLER SYSTEMS SHOULD DRAIN THEM AND COVER ABOVE- GROUND PIPES TO PROTECT THEM FROM FREEZING.

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