in Lamar, Colorado
On March 12, 2003, the NOAA Weather Radio station at Lamar, Colorado was officially dedicated to service. The transmitter at Lamar is the 800th NOAA Weather Radio in the National Weather Service network, and will provide weather information, and especially warnings for hazardous weather, to the people of southeast Colorado.
The transmitter is a 1000 watt power output purchased using funds from the USDA Rural Utilities Service Grant Program. Emergency Coordinator for Prowers County, Staffon Warn, was the driving force for the program. Along with help from the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Pueblo, and the Colorado Division of Telecommunications, the group worked for over a year to put all of the pieces together. Many of Staffon's friends, co-workers and family members participated in this effort. For his hard work and diligence in coordinating, maintaining and following through with the project, Staffon was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a rain gauge from the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Others in attendance included the Regional Coordinator for Colorado Office of Emergency Management, local media, local storm spotters, fire department personnel, and 2 Baca county commissioners - whom are in the process of acquiring a transmitter for their area. (Photo: Stafforn Warn Dedicating the Transmitter)
The Lamar NOAA Weather Radio transmitter will provide information to Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca Counties in southeast Colorado on a frequency of 162.525 mHz. The transmitter has a backup transmitter and emergency power generator to ensure reliable service.
(Photo: Meteorologist-in-Charge William Fortune Discusses the Importance of NOAA Weather Radio)
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