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National Weather Service in Riverton’s radar down starting tomorrow for necessary replacement

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 6:50 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The National Weather Service for Riverton will be having an extended radar outage starting May 6th. This particular radar serves much of Wyoming with severe weather warnings and updates.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Riverton Tim Troutman stated, “The radar for Riverton, we serve Western and Central Wyoming. Definitely from the Casper area extending west to the Utah border and then extending North to Montana and all the way down into Sweetwater County.”

It will be down for about 10 days starting tomorrow, the outage is for a radar generator replacement which hasn’t been done since the mid 1990′s. The weather service said this replacement benefits much of Wyoming by making sure they’ll have accurate weather readings in case of a power outage.

This update is part of a nationwide project to keep radars running through the 2030′s. During the outage, Troutman said there are other weather radars that can be viewed for accurate information.

“There are other radars in the area of course. Billings, Cheyenne, Pocotello, Idaho and Salt Lake City that folks can look at their radar data from the National Weather Service offices that cover those areas,” Troutman added.

The meteorologist says that their Facebook page will continue to issue warnings and updates as needed at https://www.facebook.com/NWSRiverton, using surrounding radar information.

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