New Four Corners Weather Station Planned For Tribal Lands
The location of a new permanent weather station for the Four Corners region has been announced. La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe said Monday they plan to build the station on tribal lands about 15 miles south of Durango.
The radar system is expected to fill a notorious blind spot for weather and radar modeling. The Four Corners' hubs currently process data at elevations too high to accurately model the region. For instance, in Grand Junction, Colorado, the radar system cannot locate storms coming into the Four Corners below an altitude of 28,000 feet. This means weather forecasters miss many incoming storms.