by the fans of Weather Radio WZ2518 – on top of Castle Peak, in Eagle, Colorado
Jim Pringle – of the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Colorado contacted an Eagle County based, ECT contributor this week.
Jim is a ‘Warning Coordination Meteorologist’ based in Grand Junction and was instrumental in installing and testing of Eagle County’s own National Weather Service – Weather Radio – transmitting on 162.450Mhz from the top of Castle Peak in Eagle, Colorado.
Don’t have a Weather Radio? No problem, you can still listen to that Weather Radio stream – via the Internet (Click Here)
SmartPhone users can also listen to that NOAA Weather Radio -anytime via the FREE “NOAA Radio” app – after downloading and installing just look for the ‘Eagle Weather Radio’ stream when you first configure it!
Of the (many+1) topics covered by Jim Pringle last week – Jim advised is that “since Eagle County is above the 90 degree east marker” – of his NEXRAD Radar (WSR-88D) Eagle County enjoys much more accurate Weather Radar picture of the current ‘Rain/Storm’ cells. Below (actually >90 degrees east) the Radar doesn’t perform as well as NOAA would like. 1/2 of a degree of ‘skip’ off a few mountain peaks near the Crested Butte, Montrose Region of Colorado – is enough to challenge the performance/quality of the Radar images from that area!
(Screen Shot below from AM, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 – Just before the start of the USA Pro Bicycle Challenge – time trials in Vail, Colorado)
You can see the current NEXRAD WSR-88D Radar image by (Clicking Here) and scroll down to the bottom of that web page.
Side Note: This WSR-88D Radar is located on the top of the Grand Mesa (10,000 ft.) in Grand Junction, Colorado. (Click Here) for the current webcam image from that Radar site!
WSR-88D = Weather Surveillance Radar, 1988, Doppler
The EagleCountyTimes.com folks are happy to assist Jim and his NWS team in Grand Junction, Colorado on their stated mission of “Building a Weather-Ready Nation”. For us here at the ECT – is all about improving Public Safety for everyone.