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New Weather Forecast Services For Sublette County

The National Weather Service has announced that two new weather forecast services are now available for Sublette County. Chris Jones, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Weather Forecast Office in Riverton, Wyoming said, "We are very pleased to provide these new services. They are the result of collaboration with our partners and input from the public."

The National Weather Service recently installed a new NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) transmitter to service many of the communities in Sublette County. The transmitter was installed on Mount Airy, west of Pinedale, and has been operational since late December, 2003. National Weather Service officials believe that residents in Pinedale, Big Piney, Marbleton, Daniel, Cora, and Boulder should be able to receive the NWR broadcast. The efforts of officials at KPIN Radio in Pinedale and the Pinedale BLM office were instrumental in establishing the site.

"This transmitter will enable the National Weather Service to communicate important weather and community safety information to residents of Sublette County, day or night. A seven band NOAA Weather Radio, equipped with an automatic alarm, can help protect families and their property by providing warnings and other weather information 24 hours a day," said Joe Sullivan, Meteorologist In Charge of the Riverton office. To receive up-to-the-minute forecasts and warnings, residents of Sublette County can tune in NWR station WNG-679 at 162.500 MHz.

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 NWS has also begun issuing a specific, detailed forecast for the Big Piney-Marbleton Airport. The Terminal Aerodrome Forecast, or TAF, provides important weather forecast information for the airport over a 24 hour period. The TAF is typically used by aircraft pilots for flight planning purposes. Pilots flying between Rock Springs and Jackson should benefit from the added weather forecast information. The TAF is updated routinely every six hours and when significant changes
                                                  to the forecast weather conditions are expected.

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