Marble Mountain weather station expected to resume operations Friday

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Environment Canada hopes to have its Doppler radar weather station atop Marble Mountain back up and running by Friday.

The Doppler radar weather station on Marble Mountain.

 

The station was taken down about two weeks ago for regularly scheduled maintenance.

Specifically, the work involved replacing the radome, the weatherproof enclosure that protects the station’s instruments.

Initially, Environment Canada said the Doppler radar, which provides the region with weather information about precipitation in particular, would be operational again by

Aug. 16.

However, the Environment Canada website, where weather information from the site can be found, has indicated it won’t run again until

Aug. 22.

The delay is for two reasons, Environment Canada says. First, the fire in the Marble Mountain chairlift shack caused by a lightning strike Aug. 8 also damaged some of the power and communications cables at the station, which is located near the lift shack.

The second cause of the delay in finishing the work was high winds on top of Marble Mountain, which prevented the safe installation of the new radome.

 

newsroom@thewesternstar.com

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Marble Mountain

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