Gap filling radar was installed on Missionary Ridge as a jointly funded project between the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).
The agencies contracted with the University of Oklahoma to deploy this gap filling Doppler radar from July to October to better identify storms that are not visible by radar out of the Grand Junction or Albuquerque Weather Service Offices.
La Plata Electric Association installed a meter and is providing free electricity through October for the project. La Plata County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) worked to coordinate the location and installation of the unit on July 2, 2018.
In addition, DHSEM also worked with La Plata County OEM and the Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Team (RWEACT) to obtain and install real time rain gauges in order to better notify the public of the threat of flash flooding over the 416 Fire burn scar.
Photos of radar taken by Thomas McNamara with La Plata County OEM.