August 2010 Doppler Radar Research in SW Colorado – Volunteers Needed

Free Training for Public -  Volunteers Needed for Radar Research Precipitation Measurements
Friday, June 11, 2010
6:30-8:30 PM MDT
Durango – La Plata County Fairgrounds
Pine Room (in the County Extension Building)

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), a sister agency of the National Weather Service (NWS), will be performing research in southwest Colorado during the month of August 2010 using a mobile dual-polarization Doppler radar. A goal of this radar research project is to provide a more thorough understanding of thunderstorm development in southwest Colorado and especially over the southern San Juan Mountains where heavy rainfall and flash floods are a common occurrence.

During this radar research project, the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction will be depending on volunteer weather spotters and observers to report rainfall amounts, hail, and other significant weather from their homes that will be compared with the radar data. Reports from the volunteers and high resolution data from the research radar will be used by the forecasters at the NWS office in Grand Junction to help them make their warning decisions.
A training class will be provided by the National Weather Service in Durango on the evening of June 11th at the La Plata County fairgrounds. The training will cover the radar research project, volunteer weather spotting/observing, and how to accurately make precipitation measurements. The training will be in cooperation with the CoCoRaHS precipitation program.

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