Many of you have already seen this, but I wanted a stand-alone post so that I can refer people to it in the future.
I was pleased to hear from officials from La Plata County yesterday. They reached out to give me an official update on our new radar installation. The site was agreed upon. It will be at the La Plata County Airport (DRO). It will be located NW of the cellphone parking lot.
All of the administrative hurdles are over. The vendor has been hired for construction and installation. The sub-contractors are in place and construction is set to begin very soon. For the first time in the process, we finally have a target date. The construction is not very complex, and this type of job is what the vendor does, they just finished an installation in Florida.
As long as construction can stay on track, and the sub-contractors stay in place. And, as long as the weather does not become an issue this fall, the vendor expects to radar to be operational this year, perhaps in late November!
This will really help with storm tracking and short-term forecasting. In the summer it will be very helpful with severe weather tracking. Over time, enough data will be collected to improve longer and mid-term model accuracy. This is great news for all of us in SW Colorado.
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