New Weather Warning System Set To Air in Kaycee
The National Weather Service will hold a ceremony in Kaycee on Saturday, August 23, 2003 to dedicate a new NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) transmitter. The new all hazards warning system will service all of southern Johnson County.
A dedication ceremony for the Kaycee NWR site will be held at the new Kaycee Visitor’s Center located just off Interstate 25 at exit 254 at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live over the Kaycee NWR. Representative Barbara Cubin will be the Keynote Speaker at the ceremony. The public is invited to attend. The new site was the result of congressional action taken by Representative Cubin and Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and Craig Thomas.
On August 27, 2002, Kaycee and the surrounding area were affected by a flash flood caused when four to seven inches of rain fell during the early morning hours. Twelve of the town’s 15 businesses and 41 additional structures were either damaged or destroyed by the flood waters.
"While there were no serious injuries or fatalities in this flash flood it could have been much worse, because of the time of day that the flood occurred. Most people were asleep and were unaware that a flood was imminent," said Joe Sullivan, Meteorologist In Charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Riverton, Wyoming. "Our forecasters were able to provide ample lead time to city and county officials, and law enforcement did an excellent job evacuating and rescuing residents. However, getting the message quickly to the people who needed it most was the missing link in the warning process. The addition of this NOAA Weather Radio transmitter will allow us to get the message directly to the people in harm’s way."
NWR transmitters have an effective broadcast range of approximately 40 miles, depending upon terrain and other atmospheric factors. As the voice of the National Weather Service, NWR provides the quickest access to severe weather and flood warnings, as well as important weather information and forecasts, around the clock, 365 days a year. NWR is an all hazards communication system that can be utilized to alert the public of civil emergencies, which require action on the part of affected citizens. NWR is particularly valuable, because it can be remotely activated by the National Weather Service during impending or ongoing critical weather for those customers who have specially equipped radios. A tone alarm will activate the NWR receiver to alert the owner any time of the day or night. NWR receivers are typically available at local electronics and discount stores.
The NWR network includes more than 800 stations covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. Pacific Territories. Citizens of Wyoming have been served by NWR since the mid 1970's with broadcasts from four locations: Casper, Lander, Sheridan, and Cheyenne. The current NWR network includes 13 transmitters within the Cowboy State. It is estimated that the addition of new transmitters this year will bring NWR service to over 90% of Wyoming’s populace.