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    Fax: 970-328-8694

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    P.O. Box 850
    Eagle, Colorado 81631


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Free storm spotter, rainfall measurement training to support weather warnings near Lake Christine Fire burn scar area

Contact: Jim Pringle, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, 970-243-7007, ext. 726, james.pringle@noaa.gov or Barry Smith, Eagle County Emergency Manager, 970-328-3545, barry.smith@eaglecounty.us 

Release originally published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Aug. 1, 2018 – Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction are assisting emergency services personnel involved with the potential flash flood threat on the Lake Christine Wildfire burn scar area. Since flash flood potential is greatly increased on burned areas, emergency managers from Eagle and Pitkin Counties are depending on the support of the National Weather Service and volunteer storm spotters to work with them to increase rainfall monitoring and enhance flash flood warning notifications for people living in areas vulnerable to flash flooding near the burn scar.

Volunteer storm spotters perform a valuable role by measuring rainfall and providing timely reports of precipitation, flash flooding, or any severe weather event to the NWS forecasters in Grand Junction. Their timely storm reports combined with radar and satellite data will help NWS forecasters to make better warning decisions and to make those decisions more quickly.

The essential need for volunteer storm spotters is the reason a training session has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Roaring Fork Conservancy located at 22800 Two Rivers Road in Basalt. The training will begin with a two-hour session on identifying and reporting severe weather events, followed by a half-hour program on accurately measuring precipitation.

The public is invited to this free storm spotter and rainfall measurement training. A rain gauge will be provided to every household that volunteers to be a storm spotter. Additionally, there may be some storm spotters who might be interested in providing daily precipitation measurements to help monitor cumulative amounts. Daily precipitation measurements are submitted using the online entry form provided by the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow network which is based at the Colorado Climate Center in Fort Collins.

Anyone interested in attending the storm spotter and rainfall measurement training in Basalt on the evening of Aug. 8 can simply show up at the time of the training. There is no RSVP required for this event.

More information about the NWS Grand Junction’s storm spotter program can be found at www.weather.gov/gjt/spotter.